of Birth: January
Hometown: Bellflower, California
Residence Cornelius, N.C./Anaheim Hills, California
Hobbies: Off-Road racing, water sports, motorcycling
Emerson Radio 250 Winner (NASCAR Busch Series), First win as a
NASCAR car owner
Gatorade 125 at Daytona Winner (NASCAR Nextel Cup)
Dodge/Save Mart 350 Winner (NASCAR Nextel Cup)
Sirius at the Glen Winner (NASCAR Nextel Cup)
both NASCAR Nextel Cup road course races in 2003, winning at Infineon
Raceway (6/22/03) and Watkins Glen International Raceway (8/10/03)
the first 2003 Gatorade 125 at Daytona International Speedway,
placing him in the third starting position for the Daytona 500
only the third driver to lead laps in both the Indianapolis 500
and Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 2003
May 2004, attempted fourth Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 Double
its sixth season, Gordon recorded RCR's first victory in the No.
31 Chevrolet at New Hampshire International Speedway (11/23/01),
his 10th start in the Lowe's sponsored car
career-first pole in March 1997 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Off-Road, IMSA and Trans-Am Highlights
First American in the history of the Dakar Rally to record a stage
Won two stages in the 2005 Dakar Rally
consecutive class victories in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at
Daytona International Speedway (1990-1993)
runner-up to Mark Martin in IROC Championship (1996 and 1997)
four 2nd place finishes in seven IROC starts - Daytona (2/16/96);
Talladega (4/27/96); Charlotte (5/16/97) and Michigan (7/27/97)
the 1989 Baja 1000 in a solo drive and 1987 as co-driver with
his father, Bob Gordon
five consecutive SCORE/HDRA Off-Road Championships from 1986-1990
career-first SCORE Off-Road Trophy Truck class championship in
1996, winning four of the seven events
four consecutive IMSA GTS/GTO class wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona
18 top-5 finishes in 23 starts during the 1990 and 1991 IMSA seasons
driving for Jack Roush (finished outside the top 10 only twice
in two seasons)
and 1991 IMSA seasons included five wins and 11 podium finishes
in 23 races
a win in his career-first Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-Am
event in 1992, starting from the pole at Long Beach, California
(CART and IRL) Highlights
top-10 finishes in 10 Indy 500 starts (1993-2004)
PPG Indy Car World Series victories (CART) - Phoenix (4/2/95)
and Detroit (6/11/95)
two pole positions (CART) in 1994 (Toronto and Vancouver) and
two in 1995 (Nazareth and Detroit)
seven top-10 finishes in 1999 at the series' only owner/driver
in the CART series for seven seasons (1999, 1998, 1996, 1995,
1994, 1993 and 1992)
a co-owner/driver, led the 1999 Indianapolis 500 by a wide margin
entering the final lap when he ran out of fuel, relegating him
to a fourth-place finish
Car/Owner Start Finish
2004 Robby Gordon Motorsports, Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara Chevrolet
2003 Andretti-Green, Archipelago/Motorola Dallara Honda 3
2002 Gordon/Menard/RCR, Menards/Cingular Dallara Chevrolet
2001 A.J. Foyt/RCR, Team Conseco Dallara Oldsmobile 25 21
2000 Gordon/Menard, Turtle Wax/Burger King Dallara Oldsmobile
1999 Gordon/Menard, Glidden/Menards Dallara Aurora 4 4
1997 Team Sabco, Coors Light G-Force Aurora 12 29
1995 Walker Racing, Valvoline Reynard Ford 7 5
1994 Walker Racing, Valvoline Lola Ford 19 5
1993 A.J. Foyt, Copenhagen Lola Ford 25 27
2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Season
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 17, 2005) - After numerous seasons of
car ownership in various racing series, including CART, the Score
International Off-Road Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and several
one-off efforts in the famed Indianapolis 500, Robby Gordon has
focused his attention on competing in America's biggest racing series
- the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
Gordon, who has enjoyed success at every level of his storied career
as a driver, prides himself on his meticulous nature, which includes
building cars, trucks and other racing machines that are among the
best in their respective disciplines.
In 2004, the California native assembled a team that competed in
25 NASCAR Busch Series races with Fruit of the Loom sponsorship,
winning the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Speedway
on Sept. 10, and recording top-10 finishes in 40 percent of its
races, a rate bettered only by five drivers during the 2004 season.
Following a successful 2003 season as driver of Richard Childress
Racing's No. 31 Chevrolets in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, which
included two points-paying wins and a victory in the Gatorade 125
Daytona 500 qualifying race, the team's 2004 season fell victim
to what can best be described as bad racing luck and misfortune
throughout the campaign.
Midway through the season, Gordon decided then that his NASCAR Busch
Series team was capable and ready to compete at the next level.
Though parting with legendary car owner Richard Childress meant
leaving behind more than 30 years of experience, it also meant getting
a fresh start with brand-new equipment and doing things the Gordon
"On the surface, leaving RCR was very difficult, and I told
Richard in the middle of the season that I would never leave his
organization to drive for a team other than one I owned," Gordon
said. "RCR is one of the all-time greatest NASCAR teams, and
having an opportunity to work for Richard for more than three years
contributed to me being prepared to be a team owner at this level.
We talked long and hard about my plans for 2005, and he asked me
to consider staying in one of his cars for next season and beyond.
"I gave it a lot of thought, but in the end, when I realized
that sponsorship would come together for our own program, I decided
that venturing out on my own was what was in my own best interest."
The task of preparing a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series operation is daunting
by any standards, as is building a NASCAR Busch Series team from
scratch as the team did for 2004. But Gordon contends that having
run the Busch car in 2004, thereby accumulating virtually everything
necessary to operate the team in 2005, allows his program a smooth
transition into Nextel Cup.
The team will again be led by veteran crew chief/engineer Bob Temple.
Temple and Gordon have worked together on five separate occasions,
including on last year's NASCAR Busch Series team, at Walker Racing
in the CART Series, at Team Sabco in the NASCAR Series and IRL Series
and at Roush Racing on its IMSA GTO program.
New to Robby Gordon Motorsports (RGM) in 2005 is car chief Patrick
Donahue, who was part of Hendrick Motorsports' championship seasons
with driver Jeff Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham in 1995, 1997
and 1998. Donahue later worked with the Evernham/Gordon NASCAR Busch
Series team and at Evernham Motorsports.
The team will handle all aspects of the car build internally, with
the exception of chassis build and engines. Chassis are being supplied
by Ronnie Hopkins and engines are being produced by Menard Engineering.
A relative newcomer to NASCAR competition, Menard engines have been
a mainstay in other racing series, namely the IRL and the Menard
Infiniti Pro Series.
Menard engines have won the pole for the famed Indianapolis 500
three times (1995, 1996 and 2000), secured front-row starting positions
on six different occasions between 1995 and 2002 and powered Tony
Stewart and Team Menard to two IRL championships in 1997 and 1999.
In addition, Menard Engineering is the exclusive supplier of engines
for the Menard Infiniti Pro Series.
RGM ran Menard engines in three races in 2004, including the MBNA
America 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 7, a race which
saw Gordon leading by a wide margin late in the running when a track
bar mount broke on the car relegating him to a 32nd place finish.
Gordon knows that owning his own team, with the double responsibility
as driver, will put extra demands on his time, but anyone who has
ever spent any time around him knows that he seeks difficult challenges
and is never deterred by hard work.
"Yea, I suppose it would have been easier to continue driving
for someone else and not having the responsibility of getting the
team to the race track every week, but I have always been a guy
that likes to do my own thing. I have worked hard throughout my
career to get to a point where I'm ready. I guess you could say
that I'm fairly particular about things, and if I'm just the driver
and don't have a big say in how the cars are prepared I guess it
will never be done the way I'm most comfortable as a driver. Most
people don't know that I'm a very mechanical person and I like working
on the cars and being involved with the engineering side and the
build side. I like hanging out in the shop, spending time with the
fabricators and mechanics to try and find ways to make the cars
better. That's the side of this business that excites me, and if
I drive for someone else, I don't really have that opportunity.
"Being my own boss also allows me to go off and run races like
Dakar, the Baja 1000 and the Indy 500 if I feel up to it. People
always ask me why I run so many different types of races, and they
think it's a distraction. My answer is always 'because I can,' and
while I'm off running races like Dakar, my team is still in Charlotte
working in the shop, so there is no distraction. Driving different
types of cars makes me a better driver, and by having good people
run the business and oversee the shop I can do what I love, and
drivers who have run their own teams in the past failed because
they also tried to operate the business and manage the shop. I've
learned over the years that the only way to be successful as an
owner is to put people in those positions and allow them to do the
job. I have a lot of faith in people, and that allows me to do what
I do best and that's drive the car."
While he may like doing things in his own way, there are others
that Gordon hopes to emulate by running his own team, and one will
need to look no further than the side of his car in 2005 to find
the one person he hopes to follow.
"Alan Kulwicki did things right," Gordon said. "I
actually have a picture of Alan standing next to his No. 7 car at
Daytona on my desk as a reminder that if you work hard enough, and
do things right you can win as an owner/driver. Running car No.
7 on our Cup car is as much a tribute to what Alan was able to accomplish
as it is an inspiration for what we hope to achieve. Our goal is
to work as hard and as smart as he and his team did, and hopefully
we'll have as much success as they did.
"I plan to be in this sport as a driver for a long time, and
as an owner beyond that. The stories of how hard Alan, Paul Andrews
(Kulwicki's crew chief) and his team worked are legendary, and if
we keep our heads down, follow our dreams and keep trying to reach
our goals we may just take No. 7 back to New York as a NASCAR Nextel