By admin | June 26, 2011
By Richard Allen
Sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment that they may not have meant or that they wish they had not said. That may or may not be the case with Robby Gordon during Sundayâ€™s race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
But then again, Gordon has never been one to shy away from controversy or speaking his mind.
Gordon has long been known for his road course abilities and is typically competitive on those type tracks, even with lesser equipment than his more high profile rivals. But in the later stages of Sundayâ€™s event the owner/driver found himself with a set of tires that were not working as well as he would have liked.
Gordon radioed to his crew that he would like to pit for new rubber. However, his crew informed him that they had no new tires for him. He then instructed his crew chief to buy more tires but he was told that was not possible and that they had to use the tires they were initially issued.
It was at that point Gordon delivered a stinging jab directed at either Goodyear, NASCAR or both.
â€œThere’s a big difference in the tires,â€ Gordon declared. â€œSome guys get new codes, and some guys get old codes. And that’s wrong.â€
The obvious implication is that the tires are not handed out fairly. Gordon was apparently stating that it is known which tires are best and which are not.
This accusation came on a weekend when tires were very much a hot topic of debate in the garage area as several drivers and teams said they were caught somewhat off guard by rubber that did not work as the teams had planned. So, having the best matched tires would be imperative for getting a car to handle properly.
Perhaps Gordonâ€™s comment was one of those made in the heat of the moment that he did not really mean or that would have been better left unsaid. But it was said.
So, are better tires handed out to top teams, or favored teams, while others get rubber off the scrap heap?
I have no way to know the answer to that question but I now know what Robby Gordon thinks, or at least what he thought in the midst of Sundayâ€™s race in Sonoma.
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