Robby Gordon Eyeing Indy Return

Posted by Iannucci | 11/29/2006 | 2 comments »
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It’s been a few years since he actually raced at the track (he was rained out in the year of the Rainman, 2004), but Autosport says Robby Gordon is interested in returning to the Indy 500 in 2007.

"I have been offered a lot of rides for Indy," said Gordon. "Next year the race could be the most competitive it's ever been and that would be fun.

"Looking at the package for the Indy 500, every team will have the same tools to work with one engine manufacturer and one tyre supplier."
I’m thinking he was probably misquoted there, since the league has had one tire supplier for a while. Maybe he said “one chassis supplier” and the reporter was confused or deaf or both.

In any case, the combustible Gordon has always proven to be fun given his old-school approach to shooting his mouth off. Remember how he complained about Danica!’s unfair “weight advantage” even though he wasn’t driving against her that year? How about in 1999 when he dropped some live expletives over the air as he ran out of fuel before taking the white flag while leading the Indy 500? And his post-race interviews - oh, the frivolity!

Disclaimer: I’m not discounting his “weight advantage” argument. In fact, I’m not even going there.

Whether or not you would be cheering for the guy, it’s always fun to see drivers attempt the double of the Indy 500 and the 600 mile NASCAR race in Charlotte the same evening. Forget IROC – this is the truest test of cross-series driving ability any man or woman could attempt.

Unless of course you include the helicopter ride from Indianapolis to Charlotte, in which case a licensed chopper pilot like Mr Judd would probably win.


  1. pressdog // November 29, 2006 2:22 PM  

    I was at the 2004 Indy 500 when Robbie started 18th and had to have a relief driver due to the incessant rain. I think it was J. Lazier, but don't quote me. I'm all for anyone who adds color to the proceedings.

  2. Evlk // November 29, 2006 3:16 PM  

    It WAS Jacques Lazier and if I remember correctly he wrecked the was orange.

    Gordon's the best...