Robby Gordon Will Return To Brickyard

Robby Gordon, who came within one lap of possibly winning the 1999 Indianapolis 500, will drive in the 84th edition of the event in the second Team Menard entry, Indy Racing Northern Light Series officials announced.

Gordon will drive the #32 Team Conseco Dallara/Oldsmobile entered by Team Menard. No backup car was entered.

Chris Sumner is the chief mechanic. Gordon will be a teammate to defending IRNLS champion Greg Ray.

Gordon finished fourth last year at Indianapolis in a Team Menard entry. He led Kenny Brack by 1.563 seconds with two laps remaining but was forced to pit for fuel just before the start of the final lap. Brack sped past and went on to victory.

The full-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series competitor will attempt to make his sixth Indianapolis start. His fourth-place finish last year was a career best at Indy, and Gordon also placed fifth in 1994 and 1995.

With Gordon's entry to the 500, he becomes the only driver to tackle the "Double Duty" in 2000, driving both the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Coca Cola 600. Gordon attempted the same feat in 1997 with Sabco Racing, but due to a rain delay at Indianapolis Gordon was only able to run the Cup race as scheduled. He then finished the Indy 500 later in the week.

"A few people have asked me how endurance will come into play over the weekend," said Gordon. "I guess after seeing how worn out Tony was last year at the end of the 600, I can understand the question. But I'm used to running long races.

Hydration and good shape are the keys. I drive the Baja 1000 every year and that takes 17 hours of dusty, pounding, dirty work without ever leaving the driver seat. At least I'll get a couple hours of fresh air between races."

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