Robby Gordon will compete in the Nationwide Series race at Montreal THIS WEEKEND (August 29th) in his first appearance at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since his dispute with NASCAR in 2007.
Gordon will drive a car under his Robby Gordon Motorsports banner Aug. 29 in the NAPA Auto Parts 200.
In the inaugural Montreal race three years ago, after an accident on lap 72 that started behind leader Marcos Ambrose, Gordon got past Ambrose, and then Ambrose turned Gordon. Gordon believed he was at least second when the yellow came out, but NASCAR ruled that he was 13th because he had not kept reasonable speed after the tap from Ambrose. Gordon disobeyed NASCAR’s order and black flag and spun Ambrose on the first green flag lap following the restart.
Gordon continued to the finish line and did burnouts as if he had won the race. But Kevin Harvick was the winner as Gordon had disobeyed the black flags. Gordon was then suspended by NASCAR for the Sprint Cup race the next day at Pocono for blatant disrespect and disregard for NASCAR directives on multiple occasions at Montreal.
“We are excited to be headed back to Montreal to race at a track where we virtually beat everyone in the inaugural event in 2007,” Gordon said in a news release.
Robby Gordon has two career NASCAR road-course victories, as he swept the 2003 road-course Cup events at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.
“We are pleased to welcome Robby back to Montreal – he is one of the most popular drivers in North America, and has numerous supporters in Canada,” said race promoter Francois Dumontier. “In 2007, he came close to winning our inaugural event and fans still remember the eventful end of the race, in which he was one of the main actors.
“We wish him better luck this time, and if he is battling for the win, we hope that he does not become involved in any controversy during a late-race restart.”
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