Already with eight years drove Robby Gordon motorcycles and 16- year rose to cars. Overall, he won until now six Championship, all in so-called off-road race. In his first race he won, beating his father Bob Gordon, who finished the race in second place.
Only in 1990 joined Robby Gordon to the on-road racing. He opted for NASCAR ( Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Craftsman Truck Series ), Open Wheel ( IRL and Indy ), but also went further off-road race.
Gordon in 1999 became known when he led the Indy 500 because of a daring pit stop strategy, but in the 199th of 200 laps rolled out in the lead without fuel. He lost the hoped-for victory at the Sweden Kenny Bräck and was only fourth.
In 2005, Gordon became self-employed and acted out as the owner of his racing team " Robby Gordon Motorsports " at the same time as a racing driver. In the same year he also took part in the Dakar Rally in a VW Race Touareg and won two stages. He was the first U.S. American to win a Dakar stage in the automotive category.
In the two subsequent editions of the Dakar Rally, he drove a Hummer H3. In 2006, he had to finish the race early with a technical glitch, 2007, he reached a new stage victory and ended the rally in the eighth. In 2009 he finished the rally in third place, but not quite able to stage victory.
In the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season Gordon should be deducted from the Championship standings because of a non-approved bumper 100 points. The NASCAR lifted the penalty, however, imposed a fine of $ 150,000. He finished the season with 2770 points at No. 33 The 2009 season was mixed. He came only once in the top -10 finish and ended the season in 34th place overall.
NASCAR Sprint Cup
- New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on 23 November 2001
- Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 22, 2003
NASCAR Nationwide Series
- Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway on 10 September 2004