Holiday Double For Gordon
March 9, 2004 | 9:30 A.M. EST
Gordon, who will be in his 10th Indianapolis 500, is the only driver currently planning to compete in both the Indy 500 on May 30 and in that evening's Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR event in Charlotte, in the Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Richard Childress Racing. This will be the fourth consecutive year that Gordon will attempt what has come to be known as the "Double."
The red-and-white Meijer Dallara-Chevy, and a backup, will carry No. 70 in celebration of Meijer stores' 70th year of business. The cars will be prepared at the Robby Gordon Motorsports headquarters in Huntersville, N.C., before setting-up shop in Indy's "Gasoline Alley" for the start of practice on May 9. Pole qualifying is May 15. Gordon also fields his own Fruit of the Loom Chevy in selected NASCAR Busch Series events, as well as a Chevrolet off-road racing truck.
Thomas Knapp will be Gordon's engineer. They worked together in the 1999 Indy 500, when Gordon came within two laps of winning, but ran out of fuel and finished a career-best fourth.
"Thanks to Meijer and Chevrolet, we've been able to put together a very solid program for the Indy 500," said Gordon, 35. "Robby Gordon Motorsports has the experience, people and facilities to put a competitive car on the track and now we also have the right group of sponsors and technical partners.
"As a racer, I love the challenge we'll face in May. Practice and qualifying at Indy, plus the NASCAR races at Richmond and Charlotte, will make for a very busy month but we know how to organize and coordinate all the details. I also want to thank Richard Childress and everyone at RCR for their help and for supporting me as I keep working to achieve all my career goals."
Meijer, which operates 158 stores in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky, has been an Indy 500 sponsor for several years. Gordon has raced Chevrolets to all three of his career NASCAR Cup victories and also has been a Chevy driver in other series.
"I feel it's a compliment that Meijer chose to continue its Indy 500 sponsorship with my team and we're committed to doing a good job representing Meijer," said Gordon. "Chevrolet has been very important in my career and its success at Indy and in NASCAR is respected by fans everywhere. We've all seen how good the current Chevy Indy V-8 is and I have no doubt my Meijer Dallara will benefit from lots of Chevy power."
Gordon has five-career top-10 finishes in the Indy 500 and started third in both 2001 and 2003.