Gordon Continues Practice for the Indy 500 for Third Day
INDIANAPOLIS (May 7, 2003) — Robby Gordon continued
preparations for the first leg of the Indianapolis/Charlotte "Double"
Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, again running the No. 27
Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone in race set-up for
the third day.
Gordon posted the 23rd-fastest lap of the day
yesterday in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 with a best speed
of 226.607 miles per hour (39.7163 seconds) among his 85 laps run.
The Archipelago/Motorola team concentrated on the car’s race balance
for the third day in a row, focusing on different downforce levels.
Once satisfied with the race set-up, Gordon’s team began changing
the car over for a simulated qualifying run.
"We put in quite a few laps today and had
a good practice session," Gordon said. "We learned a lot
about our race set-ups and tried some different downforce levels.
I’m confident going into qualifying because I’ve got my teammates
Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan working on qualifying set-ups while
I work on race trim and they were both really fast today.
"The Archipelago/Motorola team is just a
great group of guys. It is lot of work to convert the car from race
trim to qualifying trim and they changed all of the stuff but we
just didn’t have enough time to get back on the track today for
a qualifying run today. We missed it by a couple of minutes, which
isn’t that big of a deal because we still have three days left before
Gordon will return to action at Indianapolis
Motor Speedway Thursday after taking care of a previously scheduled
engagement for the No. 31 Cingular Wireless team today. His on-track
activities for the Cingular car begin Friday, May 16 at Lowe’s Motor
Speedway in preparation for The Winston Open.
"We weren’t happy with our race setup
Monday but we were yesterday," said Kyle Moyer, Gordon’s team
manager. "We did some long runs Tuesday and everything looks
good so we put that program away and now we are getting ready for
qualifying practice Thursday. We put a lot of miles on our engine
so we changed it in the afternoon and we wanted to get a quick leak
check and maybe simulate a qualifying run in the last hour, but
we didn’t get it in so we’ll work on that later."