Friday
May012009

RICHMOND RACE PREVIEW

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 1, 2009) – After a disappointing finish last weekend, the Robby Gordon Motorsports team is looking forward to the short-track racing action this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The No. 7 Toyota Camry will debut the Energizer colors this weekend at the ¾-mile D-shaped oval.

Richmond Remarks – “We are happy to have Energizer on the car this weekend. Richmond always has great side-by-side racing,” Gordon stated. “Just like any short track though, the key is to start up front and stay up there. It’s one of those places where it can be a really long night if the stars don’t align. The key there is to qualify well, keep your fenders clean and hope you’re still competitive by the end of the race.”

Richmond Results – Saturday’s race marks Gordon’s 21st appearance at Richmond with two Nationwide Series and 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at the ¾-mile D-shaped oval. In September 2004, Gordon captured his first Nationwide Series win in his own No. 55 at RIR.

TV and Radio Times – Qualifying is set for Friday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on SPEED, MRN, and Sirius Satellite Radio. The 400 laps of racing action begins on Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Appearances –Gordon will be at the Sprint Experience on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for a question and answer session.

“Vote for Robby” – Jim Beam’s “Vote for Robby” campaign, which encourages fans to vote Gordon into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race event on May 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will continue this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Jim Beam representatives will roam the race track, encouraging fans to “Vote for Robby” distributing custom-designed “Vote for Robby” T-shirts and stickers.

Monday
Apr272009

TALLADEGA RACE REPORT

Charlotte, N.C. (April 27, 2009) – With 20 laps remaining in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499, Robby Gordon and No. 7 Jim Beam team began their charge to the front of the field and seemed to be headed for another strong finish at Talladega Superspeedway. Unfortunately, Gordon was caught up in a multi-car pileup on the backstretch on Lap 180, which ended the day early for the No. 7 team.

The Robby Gordon Motorsports team started off the weekend strong and paced the first practice. Knowing they had a great car, the Jim Beam team decided to utilize their normal superspeedway strategy in Sunday’s race. Gordon dropped to the back of the field during the early laps to avoid any accidents up front.

The strategy served the Jim Beam team well as Gordon was able to avoid a 16-car pileup on Lap 7. Smoke filled the track making it hard to navigate around the wreckage, but Gordon pulled his Jim Beam Camry through without any damage. After emerging from the mayhem, he came over the radio to exclaim “We made it! Wow!”

Despite nearly half the field being out of contention, Gordon knew it was only a matter of time until another big wreck occurred. Just after the restart, Gordon ran his Camry up into the top 15 to evaluate its abilities, but quickly dropped to the back of the pack again to avoid any impending incidents. The crew decided early that they would remain in the back until 20 laps remained in the race, and then they would make their charge to the front.

Gordon brought his Jim Beam Camry down pit road for its final stop during the Lap 172 caution period. The team decided to only take two tires to ensure that they would be in the middle of the pack for the restart. Then, just as planned, Gordon began his charge to the front of the field.

The Jim Beam Camry made its way into the top-fifteen and was just about to enter the top-ten, when Hamlin and Montoya made contact in the outside grooves of the racetrack. Hamlin then came down the track and made contact with Gordon’s car in the middle of the backstretch.  The Jim Beam Camry was sent headfirst into the inside retaining wall with hard impact.

The car sustained major damage from the impact, leaving Gordon to climb out the car and head for the infield car center. Luckily, the driver was unhurt from the incident, but the car was too heavily damaged to return to competition. Gordon finished the event in the 29th position.

“We had a great car today, and we were definitely capable of having a solid finish,” Gordon said. “We stuck to our race strategy. We rode around in the back to avoid the early wrecks and decided to go racing at the end when it matters. At the end of the day, it’s Talladega and restrictor-plate racing. We were all going for it, so accidents like that are bound to happen here. It is just unfortunate that we got caught up in it; we really needed a good finish to help rebuild our momentum.”

The Sprint Cup Series will move onto Richmond International Raceway. Live television coverage of the event will be provided by FOX beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, May 2nd. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio will also have live radio coverage of the event beginning at 6:45 p.m. EST. Fans can watch qualifying for the event on SPEED beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST on Friday, May 1st.

Friday
Apr242009

VOTE FOR ROBBY!

Deerfield, Ill. ( April 24, 2009 ) - Jim Beam®, proud sponsor of Robby Gordon, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ No. 7 Jim Beam Toyota®, is reviving its popular “Vote for Robby” campaign and is encouraging fans to vote Gordon into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race event on May 16 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Last year’s initiative resulted in Gordon coming in second to top vote-getter Kasey Kahne.

The 2009 grassroots campaign will kick-off during the Talladega race weekend. Jim Beam representatives will roam the famous infield, rousing fans to “Vote for Robby” distributing custom-designed “Vote for Robby” T-shirts and stickers. Jim Beam also will engage social media applications, Facebook® and Twitter™ along with placing web-banners on NASCAR.com. In addition, Jim Beam provides a link on its Web site, www.JimBeam.com, to the voting page on www.NASCAR.com where fans can select Gordon.

“The Sprint Fan Vote is an opportunity for fans to have a voice and this is Jim Beam’s opportunity to bring Robby’s story to the fans,” said Brian Gallagher, motorsports marketing manager, Jim Beam. “You can’t deny Robby’s dedication to his single-car team. He competes in a highly competitive environment dominated by multi-car operations every weekend. He represents the true character and grit found in the drivers who can be traced back to NASCAR's beginnings. Enlisting fans to vote Robby into the Sprint All-Star Race is something we look forward to supporting and celebrating.”

Gordon, celebrating his fifth season as a driver-owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is tremendously appreciative of the support from Jim Beam and the fans.

“It’s great to be associated with such an enthusiastic sponsor,” said Gordon. “Last year we came in second after Jim Beam’s campaign which I was thrilled about. I hope race fans will take advantage of the fan vote, even if it’s not for me. It’s a great chance for them to get involved and NASCAR is all about the fans.

“Of course being a part of the Sprint All-Star Race would be quite an honor,” continued Gordon. “It has produced some thrilling races over the years and to be apart of that tradition would be really exciting.”

The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race event showcases race winners from the previous and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series seasons, plus the winner and runner-up of the Sprint Showdown. A final spot is given to the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote, providing the driver competes in the Sprint Showdown.

Unlimited voting is available to all fans through May 16. Sprint customers have the added benefit of receiving double credit for each wireless vote submitted from their Sprint device. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the Sprint Showdown.

Voting is available through the following channels:

  • On Sprint phones text “NASCAR” to 7777 and follow the received directions (standard text messaging and data rates apply)
  • At participating Sprint® stores
  • Trackside at the Sprint Experience
  • www.nascar.com