To grow and be successful, Gordon needed something bigger, and Ford gave him that opportunity. Since Robert Yates Racing is a mess right now, and Roush Racing is its only elite team, Ford has room for Gordon and can offer him the time and resources he needs.
The company doesn’t care that he’s got a long road ahead of him before turning the team into a consistent contender. All they see is the Robby Gordon they knew 10 years ago has matured, made smart decisions along the way and finally sees the big picture.
“It’s about attitude, it’s about approach, what you are trying to get done,” Davis said. “He’s not controlling everything every single day. He does know what he wants, and he works really hard at those things that are important to his team.
“That is the most critical thing, that we agree on how to win, what’s important and how to build a winning organization. And with that, it doesn’t matter to me, owner/driver, whatever. What is more important is that the attitude is right.”
Ten years later, Gordon finally has it.