If you are any sort of race fan, you've often hard the name Robby Gordon. From his early days in sportscars, to IndyCar, to his competitive one car team in NASCAR, and now his off-road racing, Gordon has seen and done it all. Well, almost.
Recently, he was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his insane schedule to sit down and answer a few questions from the West Palm Bach Motorsports Examiner.
1. You have competed in all manner of motorsports throughout your career. What is your favorite racing memory? "I have been fortunate enough to drive for legendary car owners such as Earnhardt, Foyt, Sabates, Yates, & Roush in Sports Cars, Indy Car and NASCAR. My favorite memory would be my first CART / IndyCar win at Phoenix in 1995, my first NASCAR Win at New Hampshire in 2001. I would also consider winning the first stage of the Dakar Rally by an American to hold a special place in my racing career."
2. How do you feel about the unification of the ALMS and Grand-Am series into United Sportscar racing?
"I honestly have not followed these series too closely as of late."
3. You have been a fixture in both NASCAR and at the Indy 500 in recent years. Do you have any plans on returning to either in the future?
"If the right opportunity presented itself, anything is possible."
4. What is your opinion on the current management situation in IndyCar?
"I've driven for Derrick Walker in the past and I give him credit for what he has done with the competition side of things. As for marketing every racing series can always use more marketing partners and improve on promotion including SST, NASCAR, NHRA, etc. Can never have enough sponsors or fans in the stands."
5. What made you decide to re-create the Stadium Super trucks series?
"I started out my racing career in the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championship Series back in the late 1980's and it has been a vision of mine to bring back off-road stadium racing to the masses since the passing of Mickey Thompson and the fall of Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group shortly after. From the design of the trucks, to the layout of the tracks its all been something I have been thinking about doing for along time. It really is a dream come true to see it all become reality."
6. Aside from yourself, who are the drivers to watch out for in 2014?
"In SST we will have a bunch of really talented drivers competing in 2014. Off-Road legends like Rob MacCachren and Kyle Leduc to transitional drivers like P.J. Jones and Arie Luyendyk Jr. to the young hot shoes Sheldon Creed and Jerrett Brooks. 2014 will be another exciting year for SST. "
7. What is your favorite racetrack?
"It depends on the type of vehicle competing in: Indycar: Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR: Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway Off-Road: Dakar"
8. What are your feelings about the 2013 season as a whole?
"The Inaugural 2013 season of SST went pretty well I think, it was a though challenge becoming a promoter for the first time, and introducing a new series to the public, but we made it through the first year and with the gained experience only bigger and better things are to come."
9. I noticed that many of the Robby Gordon Off Road Stadium Super Trucks series events are in the western US. Do you have any plans on expanding nationwide? Perhaps a Florida date?
"The 2014 SST schedule has been released and majority of the events are with IndyCar in markets such as Detroit, Indianapolis, Toronto, Long Beach, along with the the huge addition of the ESPN Summer X-Games in Austin, Texas. We will be coming to Florida in March 2014 at the IndyCar event in St. Petersburg."
10. How was your off season?
"Off-Season? Between non stop planning and prepping for SST 2014 and the 2014 Dakar Rally, the so-called 'off season' from November 23 to January 5 has gone extremely quick, and we are ready to get to Argentina and represent America by winning the 2014 Dakar Rally."
The West Palm Beach Motorsports Examiner would like to thank Robby Gordon and his entire staff for making this interview happen, and looks forward to seeing the growth and continued success of the SST series in the future.
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