Robby Gordon's No. 7 car failed to qualify for a race for the first time since 2005 yesterday at Pocono. The driver/owner was in Mexico preparing for the Baja 500, so veteran Ted Musgrave practiced and qualified the car.
Unfortunately for Gordon, who fell out of the top 35 in owner points following the Coca-Cola 600, Musgrave's speed was not fast enough to get the car in the field.
The following is a "personal note" issued by Gordon this afternoon:
While I am in Ensenada for today's Baja 500, the No. 7 team was in Pocono preparing for this weekend's Cup race. I want to personally thank Ted Musgrave for his help yesterday practicing and attempting to qualify our Cup car as well as our team members for their hard work. Despite missing the race, Ted and team made a valiant effort to get the No. 7 into the race.
I believe that all successful companies go through times like this – they have highs and lows. I remember Penske Racing missing the Indy 500 with three cars in 1995 and Paul Tracy just last month. We will recover from this just like Penske did, and we will be stronger because of it.
While I am disappointed that we will not participate in tomorrow's race at Pocono Raceway, I want to thank our employees for their hard work and our sponsors for their continued support. What remains through all of this is Robby Gordon Motorsports' commitment to the success of our diversified racing programs.