Date of Birth: January 2, 1969
Hometown: Bellflower, California
Residence Cornelius, N.C./Anaheim Hills, California
Hobbies: Off-Road racing, water sports, motorcycling

NASCAR Highlights
  • 2004 Emerson Radio 250 Winner (NASCAR Busch Series), First win as a NASCAR car owner
  • 2003 Gatorade 125 at Daytona Winner (NASCAR Nextel Cup)
  • 2003 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Winner (NASCAR Nextel Cup)
  • 2003 Sirius at the Glen Winner (NASCAR Nextel Cup)
  • Swept both NASCAR Nextel Cup road course races in 2003, winning at Infineon Raceway (6/22/03) and Watkins Glen International Raceway (8/10/03)
  • Won the first 2003 Gatorade 125 at Daytona International Speedway, placing him in the third starting position for the Daytona 500
  • Became only the third driver to lead laps in both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 2003
  • In May 2004, attempted fourth Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 Double
  • In 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
  • Earned career-first pole in March 1997 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

IROC, Off-Road, IMSA and Trans-Am Highlights

  • First American in the history of the Dakar Rally to record a stage victory
  • Won two stages in the 2005 Dakar Rally
  • Four consecutive class victories in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway (1990-1993)
  • Two-time runner-up to Mark Martin in IROC Championship (1996 and 1997)
  • Recorded 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)
  • Won the 1989 Baja 1000 in a solo drive and 1987 as co-driver with his father, Bob Gordon
  • Won five consecutive SCORE/HDRA Off-Road Championships from 1986-1990
  • Earned career-first SCORE Off-Road Trophy Truck class championship in 1996, winning four of the seven events
  • Earned four consecutive IMSA GTS/GTO class wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona from 1990-1993
  • Recorded 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)
  • 1990 and 1991 IMSA seasons included five wins and 11 podium finishes in 23 races
  • Captured 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

Open-Wheel (CART and IRL) Highlights

  • Five top-10 finishes in 10 Indy 500 starts (1993-2004)
  • Two PPG Indy Car World Series victories (CART) - Phoenix (4/2/95) and Detroit (6/11/95)
  • Won two pole positions (CART) in 1994 (Toronto and Vancouver) and two in 1995 (Nazareth and Detroit)
  • Scored seven top-10 finishes in 1999 at the series' only owner/driver (CART)
  • Competed in the CART series for seven seasons (1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993 and 1992)

Indianapolis 500 Results

  • As 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

Year Car/Owner Start Finish
2004 Robby Gordon Motorsports, Meijer/Coca-Cola Dallara Chevrolet 18 29
2003 Andretti-Green, Archipelago/Motorola Dallara Honda 3 22
2002 Gordon/Menard/RCR, Menards/Cingular Dallara Chevrolet 11 8
2001 A.J. Foyt/RCR, Team Conseco Dallara Oldsmobile 25 21
2000 Gordon/Menard, Turtle Wax/Burger King Dallara Oldsmobile 4 6
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

Robby Gordon Motorsports
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 way.
"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 that's race.

"Some 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 Cup champion."


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