Two Races? No Problem

When you're sitting in holiday traffic this coming Memorial Day weekend, think of Robby Gordon. Sitting in the family truckster for a couple hours while heading to a holiday barbeque is nothing compared to what the veteran racer has planned.

For the third time in his career, Gordon will compete in the Memorial Day "double," hopefully logging 1,100 miles in first the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 and then that evening's NASCAR Winston Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"I'm thrilled to have the chance to attempt one of the ultimate racing challenges again this year and hopefully win both races," said Gordon. "I've run the Indy 500 eight times and been competitive and run near the front each year. I certainly haven't given up on the goal of winning both races and hope 2003 will be my year to do it. Running in an Andretti Green prepared-car will no doubt give me a good shot at having one win down and one to go when I head to Charlotte that afternoon."

Gordon will start the 500 from the front row after putting his Andretti Green Racing entry upfront with a speed of 230.205 mph in last Sunday's qualifying session. Subbing for injured regular pilot Dario Franchitti, Gordon has been a fast force at the Brickyard all month.

"We probably could have run 231 mph but we took a half of a turn of front wing out of it after practice and I think that took us away from the 231 mph mark," Gordon said. "I think we would have had a really good shot at the pole if I hadn't messed up on the first lap. But I’m really happy for my teammate Tony Kanaan and his second-place effort. Tony was able to go out after watching me qualify, practice some more, and fine-tune his car a bit. He did a great job. I’m disappointed for my team because we kind of threw that first lap away. But if you look at history, not many guys have won the Indianapolis 500 from the pole. I guess we got that jinx out of the way."

So with a secure starting spot at Indy, Gordon will now focus on his stock car responsibilities with the Richard Childress Racing Cingular Wireless Chevrolet. First he'll compete in this weekend's "Winston Open" in hopes of landing a spot in "The Winston" all-star race. Then he'll turn his attention to qualifying and the following week's Coca-Cola 600 activities.

"I want to thank Richard, all of the guys on the Cingular Wireless team, and everyone at RCR for letting me chase one of my dreams," said Gordon, who is currently 14th in the Winston Cup point standings.

Tune in Memorial Day Sunday to see if those dreams do come true.

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