Gordon Seventh Fastest in Second Day of Indy Practice
WELCOME, N.C. (May 6, 2003) — Robby Gordon posted
the seventh-fastest lap Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in
only his second day in an IndyCar Series car in the past year. Gordon
drove the No. 27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone to
a best speed of 227.735 mph (39.516 seconds) in race trim.
The team concentrated on the car’s race balance
during its 70 laps on the 2.5-mile track. The team plans to continue
working with its race balance today before switching over to qualifying
set-up. Gordon is substituting for Andretti Green Racing driver
Dario Franchitti, who was injured in an off-track incident in April.
The 34-year-old will again attempt the Indianapolis/Charlotte Double,
completing the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the No.
31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on May 25.
"We just did a few laps yesterday and got
the Archipelago/Motorola car up to speed in just a few laps, so
I think we are looking okay," Gordon said. "We are definitely
learning a lot about our race set-up. We had some understeer earlier
in the day but we made some changes and have the front end biting
now. Our main goal is to get as good of a race balance as we can.
In Happy Hour, we want to put in a good speed so we took some wing
out of the car in our last run. We weren’t really in a set-up in
which we would qualify, but it was more of my race set-up that we
just trimmed out a little bit."
Practice continues today at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway as the teams prepare for Pole Day qualifying on Saturday,
May 10. Gordon will practice today, Thursday and Friday, sitting
out Wednesday due to a previous obligation.