Skip to comments.Robby Gordon says Patrick has an unfair advantage (Indy 500)
Posted on 05/28/2005 10:58:33 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- Robby Gordon accused Danica Patrick of having an unfair advantage in the Indianapolis 500 and said Saturday he will not compete in the race again unless the field is equalized.
Gordon, a former open-wheel driver now in NASCAR, contends that Patrick is at an advantage over the rest of the competitors because she only weighs 100 pounds. Because all the cars weigh the same, Patrick's is lighter on the race track.
"The lighter the car, the faster it goes," Gordon said. "Do the math. Put her in the car at her weight, then put me or Tony Stewart in the car at 200 pounds and our car is at least 100 pounds heavier.
"I won't race against her until the IRL does something to take that advantage away."
The Indy Racing League does not consider the weight of the driver in its race specifications. The car has to weigh at least 1,525 pounds before the fuel and driver are added, and teams in Indy have estimated that Patrick will gain close to 1 mph in speed because of her small stature.
Although her rivals in Sunday's race have said she doesn't have a huge advantage, pole-sitter Tony Kanaan told reporters he would like the Indy Racing League to look into the issue.
"Right off the bat, a guy my size is spotting her 105 pounds," Gordon said. "That's the reason she's so much faster."
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Let him lose some weight.
spoil sport ping
Too bad the title were different....ha
Robby Gordon is a pussy, he has always been, and always will be a pussy. I hope she leaves him in her dust
I would do an INDY500 live thread...but it really didnt take off last year....
I agree on Robby Gordon....he doesnt know how to drive on an oval.
And here all along, I thought having a much heavier right foot was good.
Passing Gordon some cheese ................... to go along with his whine.
Personally, I'd like to see a well qualified woman win the race. Imagine how they would handle the Victory Kiss LOL.
IMHO... Robby Gordon is simply making excuses for his own doubt of how he will do in the race. He should have kept his mouth shut and focus on racing instead of excuses
That's right. I cannot stand his arrogance.
And what about skill, nerve, courage, luck, weather?
Robby Gordon is the poster boy for the Liberal Group think. He thinks because a girl driver weighs less then him, he expects the ruling class in INDY Racing to handicap her so he can level the playing field without having to put forth the effort to do what it takes to win. I hope she wins the race tomorrow
I forsee Weigh-In day for races in the future.
Well, I think people should be free to pursue whatever they want....but as many people have asked me this week....the way IRL is, she need to make it out of the first turn unscathed, then just keep low at least til the halfway point.
I was at that race when Robert Guerrero who set all the records crashed on the pace lap due to "cold tires"....err...driver error.
This is a joke, right?
What your mother must have done to you I can only imagine...
One report I heard on the radio is that Patrick would wear out the tires on her Mustang real quick. That is not good in Indy driving -- but that was when she was a teenager...
Fuel has to weigh alot more than the driver, so saving fuel will mean fewer pit stops.
Both tire wear and smart driving (to save fuel) are factors that make a top driver (in my opinion).
Incredible Ignorance bump
Maybe Robby will cause another intentional crash to express his disgust after getting beaten by a woman.
When a male racer does well, it is because he had the better car, the better crew, or was a superior driver. When a woman does well it is because she has an 'unfair advantage'.
There are people who make excuses, and people who don't need to. Robby makes excuses.
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