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Robby Gordon
Robert W. Robbie Gordon photo D Ramey Logan.jpg
Robby Gordon in November 2004
Born (1969-01-02) January 2, 1969 (age 45)
Cerritos, California, United States
Achievements Founder of the Stadium Super Trucks
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
396 race(s) run over 19 year(s)
2012 position 52nd
Best finish 16th (2003)
First race 1991 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2012 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
First win 2001 New Hampshire 300 (New Hampshire)
Last win 2003 Sirius at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 39 1
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
54 race(s) run over 9 year(s)
Best finish 21st (2004)
First race 2001 GNC Live Well 250 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2011 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
First win 2004 Emerson Radio 250 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 18 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
4 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Best finish 68th (1996)
First race 1996 Lowe's 250 (North Wilkesboro)
Last race 2004 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of June 28, 2013.
IndyCar Series career
8 race(s) run over 7 year(s)
Best finish 29th – 2000
First race 1996 Las Vegas 500K (Las Vegas)
Last race 2004 Indianapolis 500 (Indy)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Champ Car career
107 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Years active 1992–1999
Best finish 5th – 1994, 1995
First race 1992 ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit (Belle Isle)
Last race 1999 Marlboro 500 (California)
First win 1995 Slick 50 200 (Phoenix)
Last win 1995 ITT Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit (Belle Isle)
Wins Podiums Poles
2 9 4
Robby Gordon
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Summer X Games
Bronze 2014 Austin Stadium Super Trucks

Robert W. "Robby" Gordon (born January 2, 1969) is an American racecar driver. He has raced in NASCAR, CART, IndyCar, Trans-Am, IMSA, IROC and Dakar Rally.

Off-road racing[edit]

Gordon driving the Hummer H3 in the 2006 Dakar Rally

Gordon, the son of off-road racer "Baja Bob" Gordon, started out competing in off road racing. He won 5 consecutive SCORE International off-road class championships from 1986–1990, a sixth championship in 1996, and a seventh championship in 2009. Gordon also won two championships in the Mickey Thompson stadium series, three Baja 500 in 1989, 1990, and 2005, and three Baja 1000 in 1987, 1989, and 2006.

Gordon has continued off-road racing throughout his career in Champ Car and NASCAR. In 2005 Gordon took part in the famous 16-day Dakar Rally, driving for the Red Bull sponsored Volkswagen team. He became the first American to win a stage in the car division. He won two stages in total and a 12th place division finish. In 2006, Gordon took part in the Dakar Rally in a Hummer H3. Team Dakar USA did well until stage 9, when a damaged radiator caused late arrival at Atar, Mauritania, and subsequent disqualification. Gordon and co-driver Andy McMillin won the trophy truck class in the 2006 Baja 1000, finishing second overall in the race. After that, Gordon competed in his third Dakar Rally in 2007, driving the Monster Energy Hummer H3 for Team Dakar USA. He finished in the 8th position, his best finish in this race. His current trophy truck sponsor is SPEED Energy and drove his Monster Energy truck in the 2007 Baja 500 with a second overall finish. Gordon's sisters Beccy Gordon and Robyn Gordon competed in the 2006 Baja 1000 on the all woman team All-American Girl Racing.

Gordon raced in selected Traxxas TORC Series events, including the 2010 AMSOIL Cup World Championship race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.[1] He led the first lap of the race before retiring with mechanical difficulties.

Gordon finished 3rd in the 2009 Dakar Rally in South America, where the event was moved after terrorist threats led the cancellation of the 2008 event. He finished 8th in the 2010 Dakar Rally in South America with his Monster Energy truck. He had been excluded from the 2012 edition after stage 10 for illegal modifications of his engine.

Stadium Super Trucks[edit]

In June 2012, Gordon announced that he was founding and owning a stadium truck racing series of his own, titled the Stadium Super Truck series, based on the stadium truck racing concept developed by Mickey Thompson. The series ran its first season in 2013.[2]

A lot of drivers affiliated with Robby Gordon's closed Cup Series NASCAR team such as PJ Jones for example, followed Gordon to race in the Super-Trucks. Gordon himself would be an owner-driver.

Gordon won the inaugural Stadium Super Truck championship in 2013, by seven points following a year-long battle with former Mickey-Thompson Off-Road teammate Rob MacCachren.[3]

Gordon's series was renamed to the Speed Energy Drink Formula Off-Road Series in 2014.

IMSA[edit]

In 1990, Gordon began racing sports cars. He won races in both Trans-Am and IMSA Camel GT, where he had four consecutive class wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona from 1990–1994, and three consecutive 12 Hours of Sebring class wins.

Open Wheel[edit]

Gordon’s first start in the CART IndyCar series came in 1992. His first full season and Indy 500 start would come in 1993. He raced for Derrick Walker from 1994–96. With Walker, he captured his first career pole in 1994 (Toronto), and both his CART career wins in 1995 (Phoenix and Detroit). For 1999, Gordon fielded his own team in the series with little success as the Toyota power the team used was still sub-par in performance.

Gordon raced 10 times in the Indy 500 from 1993 to 2004 fielding his own team in 1999, 2000 and 2004. He, along with John Andretti, Tony Stewart, and Kurt Busch are the only four drivers to race in the Coca-Cola 600 and Indy 500 in the same day. In 1999, Gordon came within one lap of winning the Indianapolis 500. He inherited the lead by virtue of not stopping for a final pit stop and tried to conserve enough fuel to last until the end of the race. His fuel ran out coming out of turn 3 on second last lap and had to give up the lead to Sweden's Kenny Bräck.

During his time in open-wheel, Gordon earned a reputation as a tough and sometimes overly aggressive racer. According to Gordon, his decision to leave open wheel was based largely on safety concerns.[4]

Stock cars[edit]

Gordon made his debut in stock car racing in November 1990 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driving for Junie Donlavey in the Automobile Racing Club of America season finale; he finished 21st, but turned heads by winning the pole for the event.[5]

NASCAR Cup Series[edit]

Gordon signing autographs at his souvenir trailer, a very common sight during most NASCAR weekends
2004 racecar

Gordon's Winston Cup debut came in 1991, driving two races, including the Daytona 500 for Junie Donlavey in the No. 90 Ford. In 1993, Gordon drove the No. 28 Texaco Ford for Robert Yates Racing at Talladega in the team's first race after the death of driver Davey Allison. In 1994 Gordon drove in one race for Michael Kranefuss starting and finishing 38th at Michigan. In 1996 Gordon raced at Charlotte in what was one of the first starts ever for Dale Earnhardt Inc.. He also raced at Rockingham and Phoenix for Felix Sabates. Gordon's first full-time ride came in 1997 with Felix Sabates' Team SABCO. Gordon raced in 22 starts with SABCO, and captured the pole at Atlanta. He also finished 4th at Watkins Glen, his only top-ten finish of the year. He returned to NASCAR full-time in 2000, attempting to run his own team. Again, the results were disappointing; he failed to qualify for several races and finished with only 2 top-tens in 17 starts.

Gordon started the 2001 season for driving for Morgan-McClure Motorsports in the No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet, but was replaced by Kevin Lepage after only five races. Gordon returned to racing in a one-off agreement with Ultra Motorsports, where he replaced the team's regular driver Mike Wallace in the No. 7 NationsRent Ford for the June race at Sears Point. He was leading near the end of the race, but was passed by Tony Stewart for the win after allowing Stewart to catch up due to a battle to keep Kevin Harvick from gaining a lap back.

Later in the same season, he joined Richard Childress Racing as a replacement for the injured Mike Skinner. Richard Childress promised Gordon that as Skinner announced that he would retire from RCR after 2001 if Gordon won a race by the end of the year he would welcome Gordon to the #31 Lowe's car on RCR for a multi-year deal.[citation needed] In the rescheduled season finale at New Hampshire, Robby Gordon was engaged in a closing-laps battle with eventual champion Jeff Gordon (no relation). With 16 laps to go, leader Jeff Gordon (who ended up leading 257 of the 300 laps) was stuck behind the 12th place #77 car of Robert Pressley trying to stay on the lead lap, with Robby right on his tail. In the middle of turns 3 and four, Robby gave a bump to Jeff while he had slowed down to try and pass the lapped car of Mike Wallace, sending him into Wallace's #12 car and inflicting damage on the 24 car. Jeff was black flagged while attempting to retaliate under caution, and Robby went on to earn a controversial first career victory.[6] The race, which had originally been scheduled for September, was postponed after 9/11, and after the event Gordon announced he would donate all his winnings to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Gordon continued to race for Richard Childress Racing in 2002. He crashed in the Daytona 500 and had a string of poor finishes in the spring. He performed well at Sonoma and led the most laps at Watkins Glen with 21 and finished in third place. He had a top ten running at the Bank of America 500 but crashed in a 10-car-pileup which also collected his teammates, Jeff Green, and Kevin Harvick. 2002 was a bad year for him in performance and he finished in 20th place for the championship standings.

In 2003, he had his best NASCAR performing year. He finished 6th place in the Daytona 500 and finished 10th in the Aaron's 499. Then he earned his first road course win at Sears Point, after a controversial but legal pass under caution of his then teammate, Kevin Harvick. Gordon took his third career win later in the year at Watkins Glen. He, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch are the only drivers to win both road course events (at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen) in one season since the two became part of the current Sprint Cup schedule.

In 2004, Gordon's RCR career dipped downward. He had only a few top tens and no wins. He lost his chance to win the NASCAR Cup Series Championship after performing poorly in the spring. He ended up 31st at Sonoma in one of his worst road course finishes, and finished 16th at Watkins Glen.

At the first stop for the Chase at New Hampshire, Gordon and Greg Biffle made contact early in the race that resulted in Gordon having no chances to win. Later, Gordon intentionally wrecked Biffle, whose spinning car also took out Chase contenders Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield. As a result of their DNF's, neither Stewart nor Mayfield were serious contenders in the 2004 Chase after that point and RCR's original decision was firing Gordon. Instead RCR gave Gordon a probation for the rest of the year and NASCAR fined him about $15,000. In the standings he finished in the top 30s.

In summer 2004 Gordon hinted desire to leave the #31 team for his poor season. Despite Richard Childress asking Gordon to stay on RCR, Gordon announced in late 2004 that he would be operating his own NEXTEL Cup team Gordon Motorsports. Childress initially refused to let Gordon go but when Roush Fenway Racing fired Jeff Burton, Childress released Gordon and hired Burton to replace Gordon.

For 2005, Gordon moved his Busch Series team up to the Nextel Cup, and was the only owner/driver left. Robby’s primary sponsor was Jim Beam Bourbon; his crew chief was Greg Erwin. Fruit of the Loom was primary sponsor for 9 races in the 2005 season. His friend John Menard had his hardware corporation, Menards also become sponsors, as well as Harrah's. Gordon again struggled as an owner/driver, finishing with only two-top tens in 29 starts and failing to qualify for several races. He contended to win the 2005 race at New Hampshire to continue his 2001 victory at the same race until he was crashed by Michael Waltrip (see below).

Gordon racing at Martinsville in October 2007.

In 2006, Gordon's team used engines from Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and showed considerable improvement over the previous year's performance over the first few races. He dominated the first quarter of the first Atlanta race in the season, and performed well at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, qualifying and finishing in the top 10 in both races. For the 2007 season, Gordon switched to the Ford Fusion, with engines supplied from Roush-Yates. He had two top-tens and finished 26th in points.

2008 racecar

On February 1, 2008, Gordon said he would go to Dodge in 2008. He also announced a technical, manufacturing and marketing services agreement with Gillett Evernham Motorsports. After dropping to 33rd in points, Gordon announced he would be running Toyotas in 2009.[7] Today, he, Michael Waltrip, and now Tony Stewart are the only owner/drivers on the circuit. However, unlike Waltrip (co-owns team with Robert Kauffman) and Stewart (partnered with Gene Haas), Gordon has no ownership partner.[8]

Gordon will compete in fewer races for 2010, as Jim Beam did not renew its contract and due to scheduling conflicts. The team finished 34th in 2009 owner's standings. In January 2010, Gordon formed an alliance with BAM Racing. In 2010, with Ted Musgrave driving, his team failed to qualify at Pocono, the first time since the 2005 race at Texas. He performed well at Sonoma in the race that he won in 2003, the Toyota Save Mart 350 and ended up second to Jimmie Johnson, which secured some part-time sponsorship for RGM. A penalty involving another team moved the No. 7 back into the Top 35. Due to a commitment in Argentina, Bobby Labonte drove the No. 7 at Loudon. P. J. Jones and Kevin Conway have also shared the #7; Gordon entered a No. 07 car for a number of races.

He secured sponsorship to compete in the 2012 Daytona 500,[9] but poor performance and lack of sponsorship resulted in Gordon racing only at Phoenix and the road-course race at Sonoma. He failed to qualify for early-season races at Las Vegas and Fontana.[10]

In 2012, Gordon announced a money-sponsorship crisis. Robby Gordon Motorsports was facing bankruptcy in regards to the NASCAR operations because of bad finishes, sponsors like Menard's, Monster Energy, Coca-Cola among others deserting RGM for other teams, and the fines he has had to pay to NASCAR for repeated rules violations. As a result he only raced on the road course events in NASCAR for 2012 but when he had poor finishes in those races Gordon's NASCAR career ended in 2013 as he was unable to attract sponsorship for any more NASCAR seasons.[10] The No. 07 will be taken by Dave Blaney of Tommy Baldwin Racing. In the time he is off the track Gordon currently is trying to invest his energy drink corporation, Speed Energy Drink to get the money needed to get sponsorship to race on but he has not made a deal yet and fans rumored that he will resign from motorsports until he gets the money for his team.

In 2013, Gordon officially closed RGM's NASCAR headquarters in Charlotte and started a new racing organization the Super-Truck Series with Robby Gordon Motorsports and Speed Energy sponsorship. He has made deals with former NASCAR sponsors Menard's and Coca-Cola for sponsorship of his series but is still far from earning back money for his NASCAR operations.

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Gordon's first Nationwide Series experience came in 2001 when he ran 3 races for Richard Childress Racing in the No. 21 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet. His best finish was 5th at Watkins Glen International.

In 2004 Gordon started his own then Busch Series team (Now known as the Nationwide Series), Robby Gordon Motorsports and moved his team to cup series driving in 25 NNS races and earning one win which came at Richmond in his new self-owned #55 chevy. From 2004-2010 drivers that have driven for Robby Gordon Motorsports included PJ Jones, Bobby Labonte, David Gilliland, Kevin Conway, Scott Wimmer, Reed Sorenson and Johnny Sauter.

Gordon in the qualification for the 2010 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

He participated in several Nationwide races in 2006, including a few for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Nationwide team (JR Motorsports). The most notable highlight of his season was a second place finish at Watkins Glen on August 12. Driving his own No. 7 Chevy, Gordon went door-to-door with Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 39 car for Penske South Racing, for the final few laps. Gordon gained ground in the chicane, almost catching Busch. The two cars went wildly into the grass and dirt, almost wrecking each other. Gordon was able to save his car, as Busch went down the final straightaway to win the race. While being interviewed in victory lane Busch gave Gordon praise for a great race and said it reminded him of his race with Ricky Craven at Darlington in 2003.

In 2007 Gordon only had a few top tens in the NBS and came near to a win at Montreal before being disqualified by NASCAR from his first place spot for ignoring a penalty. He was further in trouble when he reacted to the penalty by intentionally crashing Marcos Ambrose to retaliate for a previous crash - an action that denied Marcos Ambrose (who dominated the race) the win and got Gordon suspended from the Sprint Cup Race at Pocono the next day. A backup driver and one of Gordon's friends, P. J. Jones took over for Gordon upon his suspension. Gordon to make up for this incident gave Marcos Ambrose a free race for RGM at Watkins Glen International the next weekend to make his first Sprint Cup start but because of rain, Marcos did not qualify.

Gordon, his sponsors and Gordon's fans have said to this day that he won the 2007 NAPA 200 but nonetheless have accepted the penalty. In 2010, Gordon announced that he made himself a banner and makeshift trophy similar to the NAPA 200 trophy saying he won the 2007 NAPA 200 and when asked by reporters about how he was going to recover in 2010's Montreal race Gordon chuckled and said "You mean since I won? We’ve still got the banner hanging on our wall. We came back for redemption, and we’ll do the best job we can.”[11]

On March 28, 2008 Gordon and the No. 22 Supercuts Dodge Team of Fitz Motorsports joined forces for a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series after driver Mike Bliss left the team to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet owned by James Finch. As of the press release Gordon is slated to drive both the Phoenix and Texas Nationwide Series events in the No. 22 car.

Gordon drove his No. 55 Mapei/Menards Dodge in the Chicagoland Race in July. He also started the Watkins Glen race in his No. 55 Jim Beam Dodge in 2nd place and finished in 19th position.

In 2010 he drove the #07 Menard's car in the Nationwide series at Montreal as part of his alliance with John Menard for RGM. It was the first time since 2007 that he drove at Montreal due to his altercation with Marcos Ambrose (see below) due to having made amends by skipping the next races at the track. He dominated the finish of the race but ran out of fuel with two laps to go handing the win to colleague veteran Boris Said and resulted in the top 20 in the finish.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

Gordon has run 4 career Truck Series races with one top-5 and 2 top-10 finishes. He has run for Team SABCO, Bobby Hamilton Racing, and Morgan-Dollar Motorsports.

Controversies[edit]

In the 2001 New Hampshire 300 the race was postponed due to the 9/11 attacks and Jeff Gordon clinched the 2001 Cup championship the previous week at Atlanta. The race was held around Thanksgiving in 2001 and Gordon driving the #31 Richard Childress Racing car, after Mike Skinner chose to retire from RCR after he was nearly killed in a crash at a previous race, won his first race in the Cup series after an incident with Jeff Gordon: with 16 laps to go Jeff was leading hoping to make his points bigger in his inevitable margin against Tony Stewart by winning the race but Robby in the #31 drove up to second place and made slight contact, getting Jeff Gordon loose, and giving Robby the lead. Jeff was angered and rushed under caution to retaliated by trying to cutting down Robby's tire but was black-flagged before he could make a second attempt to get to the #31's tire. Jeff served a one lap penalty, still won the championship and managed to race in the middle of the pack back up to 15th place and pocket a large purse of money. Robby on the final restart pulled away from Sterling Marlin and won his first cup race and victory on an oval. This win gave Robby the #31 RCR car for a multi-year deal after 2001. Jeff when interviewed maintained that he should have not been penalized and publicly retorted to Robby that he should have been embarrassed to have won in the way that the finish was; Robby said in reply that he Jeff "should be embarrassed for retaliating like he did."[12] Robby then promised to donate all his winning money by division to the 9/11 victims' relatives. (35)

In the 2003 Dodge/Save Mart 350, Gordon was so eager to try for his second cup win in the #31 RCR car. Prior to the race, Gordon was vomiting from food poisoning yet still ended Jeff Gordon's streak of domination at Sonoma for 6 years by dominating the race. Coming to the caution with 38 laps to go, Robby Gordon took advantage of his teammate and friend, Kevin Harvick by passing Harvick in turn 11 under caution and in the final laps was able to hold off Jeff Gordon for his second cup win in the #31 RCR team and his first cup win on a road course. Harvick ultimately finished 3rd. His pass under caution was ridiculed by Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and several other drivers because while the pass was legal it was considered "ungentlemanly." However, NASCAR declared Robby Gordon as the winner and in reply to the ridicules he received from Jeff Gordon, NASCAR fans and Robby said "He's won enough of these things, and I guess he doesn't like it when someone else rains on his parade." This comment led NASCAR to give Robby Gordon and Jeff Gordon warnings to resolve their differences.[13]

During the 2005 running of the Sylvania 300, Gordon was involved in a wreck with Michael Waltrip, the driver of the No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet. The angered Gordon got out of his totaled car and threw his helmet at the No. 15 car as it was passing by. Tony Stewart's No. 20 missed the helmet just seconds after it hit Waltrip's car. When TNT interviewed him about the crash, he stated "You know Michael, everybody thinks Michael's a good guy. He's not the good guy like he actually is. The caution was out and he wrecked me and he's a piece of shit." TNT apologized for his language, and Gordon apologized after the race, but Gordon was fined $50,000 and docked 50 drivers points. When asked by some people for the helmet, Gordon decided to auction it for the benefit of the Harrah's Employee Relief Fund, a fund that provides aid to Harrah's employees displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The helmet fetched $51,100, and was purchased by GoldenPalace.com.[citation needed]

During the 2006 Bass Pro Shops 500, he brought controversy by allegedly throwing roll bar padding onto the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a caution flag that had a significant impact for the end of the race, especially drivers in pit road, most notably NEXTEL Cup contender Jeff Burton who wound up finishing 13th. Video from the race was not conclusive as to if he did in fact put debris on the track but NASCAR reacted by docking Gordon 50 points (each in the Driver and Car Owner categories) and a $15,000 fine. Gordon has denied he intentionally threw the debris.[14]

During the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2007, Gordon was involved in an on-circuit altercation with fellow driver Marcos Ambrose. Gordon passed Ambrose to take the lead at the same time as a multi-car wreck was unfolding behind them; Ambrose spun him, under a yellow flag, to reclaim it seconds later.[15] After an unusually long delay in sorting out the field for the restart, NASCAR eventually determined that Gordon would restart in 13th position. Gordon, who had a strong race all day, refused to go to that position, and was black flagged after the restart, and after spinning out Ambrose. Gordon did not come in for his penalty and was then given the black flag with diagonal white cross, meaning that his subsequent laps were no longer being scored. As a result, he finished 18th. Following the race, Gordon proceeded to do burnouts on the front straightaway as if celebrating his victory, alongside race winner Kevin Harvick. He announced in a post-race interview that he would appeal the result of the race.[16] However, NASCAR suspended Gordon for the following day's race at Pocono. In a statement released soon after the NASCAR announcement, Gordon apologized for his actions but maintained that NASCAR made a mistake in telling him to line up in the 13th position.[17]

Gordon was docked 100 driver and owner points as a result of rule infractions during Speedweeks of 2008 at Daytona. Gordon's car was found with an unapproved front bumper cover. His crew chief Frank Kerr was suspended for 6 weeks until April 9, 2008, was fined $100,000, and placed on probation until December 31, 2008. Gordon was not fined. Gordon appealed the penalty issued by NASCAR in of February, 2008. Gordon issued a press statement. "This was an innocent mistake made by someone not even on our race team. They accidentally sent us the new Dodge noses that haven't yet been approved by NASCAR." According to NASCAR Gordon's Dodge nose says Charger, but it is actually an Avenger and it had the approved nose's part number. On March 5, 2008, the penalty against him was rescinded by NASCAR following the appeal, and he gained back his 100 driver points and the suspension was lifted. Despite this, the fine was increased to $150,000.[citation needed]

Gordon's off-road finishes have also been the source of controversy. His second place finish in the San Felipe 250, March 2009, was overshadowed by allegations that in a very remote area he verred off course and drove down a cliff. The maneuver let him bypass a difficult section of the course, get ahead of another competitor without having to pass, and was a four mile shortcut. Trophy Truck competitor Ed Herbst filed a protest,[18] which was supported by evidence from a pit crew known as the Baja Fools who had set up a pit stop in that section of the course. On investigation, two sets of Toyo tire tracks (identical to those on Gordon's truck) were found which established the four-mile shortcut.[18] The protest was denied[19] based on the fact that given Gordon's average speed, the four-mile shortcut would not have changed the results. After initially filing an appeal of the decision, Herbst, who shares a sponsor with Gordon, elected to withdraw the appeal and the results were deemed final.[20]

Likewise, Gordon was initially declared the winner of the 2009 Baja 500 on June 6, 2009. However, he was stripped of the title and moved to seventh place after it was determined that he violated two rules: one a fueling violation, the other a highway speed violation. A total of 100 minutes in penalties were assessed: 90 minutes for the more serious fueling violation where an amateur video proved that he illegally received fuel on the highway, and 10 minutes for the speed violation.[21]

Gordon's troubles with NASCAR rules continued in 2009. He was caught with excessive rear toe (angle of the wheels to the car) after the May 27, 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This illegal adjustment permits the car to carry more speed into the corner. Gordon was docked 50 points and his crew chief was fined $50,000. Gordon elected not to appeal the infraction.[22]

In 2010, the car Gordon owns and drives was found to have illegal parts during inspection on May 7, 2010 before a race at Darlington Raceway. Gordon was docked 25 owner points and 25 driver points. His crew chief, Samuel Stanley was fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for the rest of the year.[23] This fine brought Gordon's five year total to $290,000 paid to NASCAR.

On March 4, 2011, Gordon was placed on indefinite probation in NASCAR due to an altercation he had with driver Kevin Conway in the garage area the night before.[24] According to published reports, the two were involved in a scuffle over lawsuits each has filed against the other. Las Vegas police confirmed that Conway filed a criminal complaint charging Gordon with misdemeanor battery.[25]

On August 25, 2011, Danica Patrick officially announced her plans to leave the IndyCar Series to race in NASCAR and expressed her hope that she'd keep the number 7 that she's had throughout her motorsports career. Gordon, who has raced under many numbers but had the number 7 for the last six years, refused to give up the number, stating: "Why would I?"[26]

After the August 2011 Bristol race, Gordon admitted that he is now a "start and park" driver and will do so for most of the remainder of the season.[27] "Start and park" is a controversial practice whereby a driver starts the race but then immediately parks his car, collecting last place prize money and protecting his car from any on-track incidents. At Bristol, Gordon completed only 10 laps but pocketed $85,960.[28]

Ironically, in 2012, Gordon blasted past-champion Terry Labonte for "starting and parking" after 12 laps at the Daytona 500 qualifying race. As a past champion whose team was not in the Top 35 in 2011 owner's points, Labonte was guaranteed a start regardless of how he finished. Gordon stated: "It's just not right. Why take a free ride when the rest of us have to bust our butts to get into the 500?"[29] Labonte responded that his team had only one car and they needed it for the race.[30] Labonte ran the full race, leading three laps and finishing 18th, while Gordon retired after 25 laps and finished 41st.

Controversy continued to plague Gordon in 2012. While participating in the Dakar Rally, Gordon was running a strong second after nine stages before being disqualified after stewards ruled that the tire inflation system on his Hummer was illegal[31] after another competitor made an anonymous suggestion to the tech inspectors along the rally route, where it was called into question. Gordon stated that if there was a problem with the system, he would plug it and still win stages. He did so the following day, winning the stage by more than 15 minutes in front of the second-place finisher.[32]

Gordon was permitted to continue while the ruling was appealed to the French Automobile Sport Federation (FFSA).[33] The appeal was denied two months later.[34] After Gordon disqualification was upheld, he was stricken from the race results.[35]

Gordon's Hummer crashed and rolled over in the sand dunes of Peru in the penultimate stage of the rally (01/14/2012), but was set back on its wheels by spectators and Gordon continued on to a 10th-place finish of that stage.[36] He then won the final stage the following day, finishing the rally in 5th place overall.[37]

Significant victories[edit]

  • 7 SCORE International championships (1986–90, 1996, 2009)
  • 3 time Baja 1000 winner (1987, 1989, 2006)
  • 4 time Baja 500 winner (1989, 1990, 2005, 2013)
  • 9 Dakar Rally stage victories
  • 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins (New Hampshire '01, Infineon and Watkins Glen 03')
  • 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Gatorade 125 Win (2003)
  • 1 NASCAR Nationwide Series win (Richmond '04)
  • 2 CART wins (Phoenix and Detroit '95)
  • 1 Central Europe Rally Special wins (2008 CER Stage 5 Scratch 1 winner (1/2 stage) Hummer)

Racing record[edit]

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1992 Chip Ganassi Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
13
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
NHA
Canada
TOR
8
United States
MIS
United States
CLE
8
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
MDO
United States
NZR
United States
LS
20th 10
1993 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Australia
SRF
3
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
DSQ
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
8
United States
POR
8
United States
CLE
6
Canada
TOR
6
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
NHA
5
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
MDO
2
United States
NZR
4
United States
LS
10
10th 84
1994 Walker Racing Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
7
United States
LBH
3
United States
INDY
5
United States
MIL
6
United States
DET
3
United States
POR
4
United States
CLE
11
Canada
TOR
6
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
4
United States
NHA
13
Canada
VAN
2
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
LS
13
5th 104
1995 Walker Racing United States
MIA
Ret
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
1
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
4
United States
INDY
5
United States
MIL
5
United States
DET
1
United States
POR
8
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
TOR
5
United States
CLE
6
United States
MIS
DNS
United States
MDO
8
United States
NHA
9
Canada
VAN
3
United States
LS
15
5th 121
1996 Walker Racing United States
MIA
3
Brazil
RIO
Ret
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
13
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
500
Ret
United States
MIL
17
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
10
United States
CLE
18
Canada
TOR
9
United States
MIS
8
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
10
United States
LS
15
18th 29
1997 Hogan Racing United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
Brazil
RIO
United States
STL
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
United States
FON
8
26th 5
1998 Arciero-Wells Racing United States
MIA
Japan
MOT
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
7
Brazil
RIO
United States
STL
13
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
14
United States
POR
Ret
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
13
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
11
United States
ROA
12
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
13
United States
HOU
Ret
Australia
SRF
16
United States
FON
9
23rd 13
1999 Team Gordon United States
MIA
Ret
Japan
MOT
8
United States
LBH
16
United States
NZR
19
Brazil
RIO
14
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
POR
17
United States
CLE
9
United States
ROA
8
Canada
TOR
13
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
DET
Ret
United States
MDO
10
United States
CHI
10
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
Ret
United States
HOU
Ret
Australia
SRF
8
United States
FON
11
20th 27

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1993 Lola Ford-Cosworth 25 27 Foyt
1994 Lola Ford-Cosworth 19 5 Walker
1995 Lola Ford-Cosworth 7 5 Walker
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 12 29 SABCO
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 4 4 Menard
2000 Dallara Oldsmobile 4 6 Menard
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 3 21 Foyt/Childress
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 11 8 Menard/Childress
2003 Dallara Honda 3 22 Andretti Green
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 18 29 Gordon

Dakar Rally[edit]

Year Class Vehicle Position Stages won
2005 Cars Volkswagen 12 0
2006 Hummer DNF 0
2007 8 1
2008 Event cancelled – replaced by Central Europe Rally
2009 Car Hummer 3 0
2010 8 1
2011 DNF 0
2012 DSQ 1
2013 14 2

NASCAR Career results[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1991 2 0 0 0 0 35.0 22.0 $27,625 55th #90 Donlavey Racing
1993 1 0 0 0 0 14.0 42.0 $17,665 93rd #28 Robert Yates Racing
1994 1 0 0 0 0 38.0 38.0 $7,965 76th #07 Kranefuss-Haas Racing
1996 3 0 0 0 0 17.3 40.7 $33,915 57th #14 Dale Earnhardt Inc.
#40 Team SABCO
1997 20 0 1 1 1 25.3 29.6 $622,439 40th #40 Team SABCO
1998 1 0 0 0 0 18.0 37.0 $24,765 67th #96 American Equipment Racing
2000 17 0 1 2 0 29.9 29.2 $620,781 43rd #13 Team Menard
2001 17 1 2 3 0 32.4 24.8 $1,371,900 44th #4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
#7 Ultra Motorsports
#31 Richard Childress Racing
2002 36 0 1 5 0 18.4 21.1 $3,342,703 20th #31 Richard Childress Racing
2003 36 2 4 10 0 23.1 19.7 $4,157,064 16th #31 Richard Childress Racing
2004 36 0 2 6 0 23.2 21.2 $4,225,719 23rd #31 Richard Childress Racing
2005 29 0 1 2 0 27.0 30.1 $2,271,313 37th #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2006 36 0 1 3 0 27.5 25.3 $3,143,787 30th #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2007 35 0 1 2 0 33.9 25.8 $3,090,004 26th #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2008 36 0 0 3 0 30.9 29.0 $3,816,362 33rd #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2009 35 0 1 1 0 30.1 28.5 $3,860,582 34th #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2010 27 0 1 1 0 33.8 29.1 $2,913,816 34th #7/#07 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2011 25 0 0 0 0 36.5 33.4 $2,271,891 34th #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2012 3 0 0 0 0 30.0 40.3 $405,300 52nd #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
2001 3 0 1 1 0 6.3 13.0 $70,266 60th #21 Richard Childress Racing
2004 25 1 6 10 0 12.8 14.7 $542,530 21st #55 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2005 4 0 1 2 0 11.5 19.8 $148,201 78th #55/#83 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2006 4 0 2 3 0 19.0 13.5 $114,174 64th #7 Robby Gordon Motorsports
#88 JR Motorsports
2007 11 0 0 2 0 15.9 20.3 $253,607 47th #55 Robby Gordon Motorsports
#22 Fitz Motorsports
#27 Brewco Motorsports
2008 4 0 0 0 0 15.2 23.8 $74,720 73rd #22 Fitz Motorsports
#55 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2009 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 14.0 $16,575 122nd #55 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2010 1 0 0 0 0 16.0 14.0 $26,950 105th #07 Robby Gordon Motorsports
2011 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 31.0 $20,150 129th1 #77 Robby Gordon Motorsports

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Year Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Avg. Start Avg. Finish Winnings Position Team(s)
1996 2 0 0 1 0 11.0 9.5 $20,700 68th #42 Team SABCO
#18 Roehrig Racing
1997 1 0 0 0 0 17.0 30.0 $5,900 123rd #18 Roehrig Racing
2004 1 0 1 1 0 23.0 4.0 $11,450 71st #47 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports

International Race of Champions[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

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