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Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 11:26:05 -0800 (PST)
From: Todd Burnworth
Subject: How do you get around CART's 13.3 rule?

I've been a fan of yours since before you came to CART IndyCars in1993. I've met your Mom and Sister on different occasions at bothIndianapolis and Michigan and I'm looking forward to attending enoughCART races in 1999 that maybe I'll actually get to meet you in person!
My question is, the rumor going around is that you and Menard have adeal for you to drive one of his cars at the Indianapolis 500 and hewill be an associate sponsor for your Team Gordon CART entry in theMidwest races.
If there is any truth to this rumor, how do you work around CART's13.3 rule? Do you have lawyers working on this now? If you are atIndy, I'll be there on my way back from the Gateway, but only for youbecause of my dislike for the IRL!

Tj Burnworth

As you probably know by now, we will be running at Indy. My sponsors require it and you know how I feel about the 500. Rule 13.3 is not to be unreasonably withheld and we do not anticipate a problem as both Walker and Galles fielded entries in 1996.

Thanks for your support.

Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 17:33:34 -0500
From: Dale W Silver
Subject: Comment
To: robby@speedcenter.com


Congratulations for putting together a program for this year; I hope you dowell. A rousing Bronx cheer to all those "fans" who said they would supportyou whatever you do EXCEPT race in the IRL. I hope you did not listen to them. I'll be glad to see you back at Indy.

A better example of where NOT to have raced this year would seem to me to beNASCAR. My impression is that NASCAR is completely a finesse game, like noother type of racing, and that a hard-charging driving style like yours goesunrewarded, whereas in Indy cars (even on ovals) you can better show yourstuff. Any comments? Thank you and good luck this year.

Dale Silver

As you know, I love to race. I try not to side with any one Series, that'swhy I have raced them all. We all understand the politics of racing, howevermy mission is to not let that interfere with the future of Team Gordon.Sponsorship money really will dictate where we race more than anything else.We are merely extensions of our sponsors. I know that you understand that.

Thanks for your support.

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 19:25:37 -0500
From: Lynn Stewart

Robby--what will it take for your team to compete with themore-established teams forwins and the championship

What will it take for our team to compete with the best in the CART series? I believe we showed this weekend that we are in the game. We qualified 18th but only .7 off pole. Desire and determination along with continued strong sponsorship funding will allow our young team to make headway in this ultra competitive series.

We've got great people and that is certainly more than half the battle.

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 09:46:33 -0500
From: "Andrew C. Fogiel"

Dear Robby,

I am very glad (and relieved!) to see Team Gordon come together. I alsowant to express my appreciation to you and those involved withmaintaining this site, I really enjoy the perspective you provide fans. Not sure how to put this in a "question", but I would like your input onthe role of engineering in CART racing and whether or not CART ought totry and promote itself based on its high tech nature.

I cannot help but feel engineering students could learn a ton byobserving what goes on in CART, and if they had the chance toparticipate to some limited degree, wow! For example, I had to buildand use environmental monitoring systems for my research which I startedin 1995. I all became a CART fan that year. In 1996, Comptech Racinglet me follow along during a practice session some of the evaluationprocess using feedback from data and driver. How that experienceimpacted the way I conducted my research is a technical paper in itself.

I read that high school students from a physics class were presentduring a Laguna test session last month. That is an example of how Isee CART promoting itself at academic institutions. But I see a largerpotential by structuring something for college courses, like combininginteractive software, laboratory exercises, and field trips (testingsessions or races) that allow students to study aerodynamics, fluiddynamics, instrumentation development, data management, based on whatgoes on CART. Anything beyond the confines of textbooks and idealizedlaboratory settings would spark students who too often could care lessabout what they are being taught because it seems so stale and boring. Couple education with vehicles that go over 200 mph could really grabtheir attention!

I would appreciate some of your thoughts on what you perceive as theimportant aspects the engineer plays in CART, as well as any otherseries or forms of racing you have participated in. Do you see anypotential to get CART into the classrooms of America's universities? Ifso, who at CART should I talk to because I definitely have some ideasand expertise on how that could be done?

Thanks man, and best wishes for you and your team in pursuit of the 1999PPG Cup. See you at Nazareth, the U.S. 500, and hopefully a few moreraces!

Andy Fogiel
Michigan State University

Our website at teamgordon.com is great. I even tune in to see what Kinnon, Lesley and Laz have come up with. For our team and for the future, Mike and I believe that information should be available rapidly. People want it now and we are no different. We are trying our best.

My partner Mike Held is an engineering graduate from the University of Akron where he did co-op work to earn his way through school. We are big proponents of this system and are looking to put a program together to allow for this sort of involvement with our team.

With the series as competitive as it is, engineering practices and procedures will dictate the teams that run at the front. Keep up your interest, it will land you some work. Send off your ideas, we'd love to see them.

From: "Patrick Moore"
Subject: patience
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 10:09:30 -0500

Hi, Robby! I first want to wish you and your team the best of luck in '99. I think what you are doing is as good for the sport as it is exciting for the fans.You mentioned patience as an aspect which you have been getting better at exhibiting.Do you think that this new-found patience will carry over to the track? Again, best of luck this season!


Patience my ass.... Just kidding. Roles change, people change not always because of desire but because of necessity. With some things I'm still short in this area. But I have a very strong network of great people: John Menard, Mike Held, Dan Miller, Laurie Gerrish and Dave Forbes for example. These guys are great. They are seasoned, mature and patient yet at the same time vicious competitors. Remember, you are who you "hang with". The key is to surround yourself with people as strong or stronger than yourself.

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 18:02:03 -0500
From: Mike Almert
Subject: 1999

wishing you the best this season -I saw your comment about the Autoweek predictions--just wanted to let you know I chose you as one of my 4 drivers in afriendly season-long pool I'm in with some friends.. I'll be at Homestead and the Midwest races this year to see your team in action.

It's going to be a learning year for us, but don't count us out. Thanks for the consideration and sorry about Homestead. We get em at Motegi.

From: chris lorenz
Subject: engine question
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 08:25:06 -0600

I was wondering why do teams decided to us an experimental power plant? do they get the engine at a special price? It seems it would be hard to get sponsors for a team that is running an unproven engine. how do you sell your teams to prospective sponsors when they know you don't have the most competitive package? I have noticed that the Toyota has made good power and reliability improvements over the winter. I also wanted to say I liked the article about you starting up your own team, I by myself run 2 formula vees and one formula ford in the scca and that is hard enough but is light years away from running a cart team. it must be a great accomplishment feeling when you had your first test with the new team.good luck

Chris Lorenz

Rome wasn't built in a day. Someone could have the same opinion about Robby Gordon couldn't they? Programs come together on preceived expectations. We know the commitment of Toyota. It is no different than the commitment of Robby Gordon.

I know that you can appreciate all the hard work we have done to assemble Team Gordon. Remember, it's not all me. And while I'm a large part of it, without Mike, John, Hiro, all the guys at Toyota, we would not be in business today. It is that simple. It is a team not a one man show.

From: "Remo"
Subject: pressure
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 1999 15:41:29 -0500

Mr. Gordon, do you feel less mental pressure now that you own the car that you drive,as opposed to driving a car owned by someone else?

Pressure. There is always alot of pressure. I'd be lying to you if I told you there was less pressure driving for someone else. However, when the helmet goes on, it's a race to the finish. That part hasn't changed one bit. Drive it like you stole it!


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"What will it take for our team to compete with the best in the CART series? I believe we showed this weekend that we are in the game. We qualified 18th but only .7 off pole."
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