The New Driver of the #4 Kodak Chevrolet Car
February 13, 2001
|Start your engines! Read our chat with Robby Gordon, the new driver of the No.4 Kodak Chevrolet car. Appearing during the exciting Daytona 500 race week, Robby answers questions while we show photos of the car, Robby, and more using this unique chat technology. Catch the spirit of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season!
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Good evening. Tonight Kodak is pleased to
be able to bring Robby Gordon, the new
driver of the No. 4 Kodak Chevrolet to
you via our state of the art chat application.
Robby has 44 career starts in the Winston Cup
Series and will bring his own style to
the Morgan-McClure team.
Now is your chance to ask questions
and participate in this event. Start your engines!
It was great to see the 4 run good in practice. Is everyone excited about this year?
Yes, everybody is. I'm excited as well. It was good to come out of the box with a strong first outing and to start the Speed Week in Daytona. The only problem is there's only one place to go from there and that's backwards. We got slowed down a little bit in qualifying, so I think we'll be in great shape for the Twin 125. The car seems to be drafting well with other racecars.
Have you ever been in a dangerous situation while racing?
I think the most dangerous situation that I've ever found myself in was in the '97 Indy 500. We caught on fire on the back straight away at some 200 mph, so it took a while to get slowed down.
The driver-crew chief relationship is pretty important from what I read. The Kodak team hasn't had the magic since Glover left. How are you feeling about it since joining?
Obviously that's something that takes a little time. With the Series getting so competitive, it's going to be important to have a few good relationships. The team-owner relationship is important, and the engineering staff. I feel that this sport is changing, and if you're not up on the latest technology, you could possibly be in trouble. So I feel that it's very important to have a good engineering staff and have all those parties working together in the same direction. The No. 4 has a very strong engine program currently, so if we can build on all the other aspects, we'll be in really, really good shape.
Lil Bowler 300:
Do you think the Dodges will give it a better run for the money than the Pontiacs, Fords and Chevies?
I don't quite understand. I think Dodge has made a major effort on Winston Cup and are completely focused. I think they'll be competitive. You have some good Fords and Pontiacs with Tony Stewart winning the first race of the season. The Pontiac looks strong as well.
How did you get interested in racing?
I started as a young kid. My father was always involved. I knew at the age of 5 it was something I was interested in and something I wanted to do. I'm glad to have had 6 great sponsors and teams over the years. It's a great job to have. It's a lot of work, and it's your full focus of life. I made that commitment and I'm pretty excited about the upcoming seasons as well.
How long does it take you to recover from a wreck, meaning do you have several models?
We have a large amount of race cars. I think Morgan-McClure has about 15-20 racecars, so the recovery period is not too long. It takes about 5 weeks from the time that we start building to completion, so I think there's some 20 already that are completed, and I know there are others in process, so every time you build a car, that car is a little better, and every time you run something, you keep making strides, like with the weight and downforcing, so it doesn't take too long to recover. Everybody on the team is committed to getting the cars put back together.
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