This Week’s Race Car (chassis No. 100) will be driven
by Gordon for the first time this weekend. The car was driven
by Kevin Harvick as the No. 29 Chevrolet
in four races last year during the second half of the 2002 season.
The No. 29 team finished fourth with the car in the August Bristol
race, and also ran it at Richmond, Dover and Martinsville.The car has since been re-configured with
a new body.
Gordon’s first NASCAR Winston
Cup win was at New Hampshire in November 2001
finished fifth at Loudon in 1993 in the PPG Indy car World Series
and ninth in the Aug. 1995 CART race at Loudon
Cingular Wireless crew members are from the New
carrier Mike Barry hails from Norwalk,
and catch can man Rich Burgess is from Sharon,
will be broadcast live on TNT and MRN Sunday, Sept. 14 at .Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, Sept.
12 at .
ROBBY GORDON QUOTES:
“I’m really looking forward to going back
to New Hampshire again this week.The Cingular team was really good there at both
races last season.We won
there in 2001 and we’ve still got a good set-up and baseline
for that and many of the flatter tracks.We finished in the top five back in July but didn’t
have a top-five car all day.We thought we’d be really strong, but the
track has changed a lot since I won there in 2001, and for some
reason, we just couldn’t get off the corners.We had trouble getting into the corners and getting off
them all day.
“We also lost second gear and battled an ill-handling
car all day long.We knew pit strategy was going to decide
who would finish up front, as it has much of this year, so we
made our last pit stop under caution for two tires only.That put us back out 11th
and we didn’t pit the remainder of the race and worked on
saving gas, working our way up to fifth by the end of the race.
“The key to running well at Loudon is making the
car handle.It’s got
to roll through the corner well so you can get off the gas and
be able to get back into the gas without the car going sideways
on you.Brakes are very
important at Loudon, also, and we’ve got to make sure to
conserve them as much as possible.But I think the Cingular team is going to be able to put
it all together.Loudon suits my driving style and we’ve
been competitive each time we’ve raced there.Hopefully, we can go back and race for a victory again.”