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Race/Date: Sirius Satellite Radio 400/June 15, 2003
Location: Michigan International Speedway
Start Position: 19th
Finish Position: 22nd
Points Position: 16th

Race Recap:
A race car’s handling is important to running well each weekend but is especially vital on two-mile speedways like Michigan International Speedway, where aerodynamics and balance play a huge role. Unfortunately, Robby Gordon and the No. 31 Cingular Wireless team battled hard all day Sunday at Michigan but only emerged with a 22nd-place finish.

Having fought a tight-handling car in Saturday’s practice session, Team Cingular made several setup changes Sunday morning to loosen up the car but Gordon still fought the condition a bit throughout the day. He moved into the 11th position by lap seven of the race but fell out of the top 20 as the tires worked in, the track heated up and the car tightened up.

Gordon fell as far as 36th after the team spent extra time during a pit stop on lap 73 making some major adjustments to the car. Those changes loosened up the car a bit and Gordon worked his way into the 26th position by lap 134. Team Cingular continued to adjust on the car throughout the 200-lap event and made it much more drivable for Gordon. He picked up several positions in the closing laps and crossed the finish line in the 22nd position.

Robby Gordon Quotes:
"The Cingular team definitely expected a better day at Michigan. We were tight all weekend but made some changes before the race that we thought would help. The weather complicated things a bit, though, because it was so much hotter today than during practice yesterday. I thought we were going to be really good at the beginning of the race because the Cingular was a tick loose, but it tightened up a few laps into the run. But we didn’t give up and we’re not giving up. We will make up the ground we lost and get to running well again soon."