If only Robby Gordon had found a way to squeeze an extra lap or so out of that last tankful of fuel at Indy in 1999. Instead of Kenny Bräck, Gordon might have been the one to be forever heralded as an "Indianapolis 500 Champion", to have gone on to form a forgettable rock band, and to have sang onstage with Bryan Herta.
Instead Gordon followed a different path. He made a few more trips to race at IMS, continued on as a stock car driver, occasionally raced in off-road events, and more recently stole a kid from his parents as some kind of birthday gift.
"It's your birthday today?" Gordon asked the first-grader from Northville Elementary School.No, he didn't sell the boy on the black market to help pay the expenses of Gordon's Cup team. It's much worse than that - he introduced the youngster to Tony Stewart.
As soon as Justin (Lee) nodded, Gordon gave him a high-five and lifted him over the security tape.
"Robby told us to meet him at his car and he took off with our son," Jennifer Lee said Monday by cell phone. "My husband (Steve) and I just looked at each other: 'Did Robby Gordon just take our son?' It was unbelievable."
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