The only full-time female driver in either of NASCAR?s top two divisions, Tina Gordon and the #39 Yahoo! Ford team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., this week for Saturday?s Tropicana Twister 300 NASCAR Busch Series race.

Gordon, 33, is a native of Cedar Bluff, Ala., and driver of the Yahoo!-sponsored Ford fielded by Jay Robinson Racing of Charlotte, N.C. Robinson is the first car owner in major league motorsports to have fielded full-time rides for different female drivers, the other being Tammy Jo Kirk the second half of last season. Gordon comes to the Yahoo! Ford team from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but also brings strong experience credentials from the weekly short tracks of Alabama, the same tracks that spawned racing legends such as Davey Allison, and helped build legends such as Bobby and Donnie Allison, Red Farmer and Neil Bonnett.

Microtel Inn and Suites, which has received the J.D. Power & Associates award for highest guest satisfaction the past two years, and, Vasarette, a top of the line lingerie manufacturer, have joined Jay Robinson Racing as associate sponsors on the #39 Yahoo! Ford.

Jay Robinson Racing, in its fourth season of operation, is one of the fastest-growing teams in NASCAR. Robinson, a Charlotte, N.C., native who is a successful businessman, founded the team as a high-value endeavor that offers high-end equipment and efforts, while proving to be one of the most cost-efficient teams in the sport. Robinson fields two sponsored cars fulltime on the Busch Series: the #39 Yahoo! Ford and the #49 Advil Ford, and runs a third car in many Busch Series events.

Question: The thoughts of Yahoo! Ford driver Tina Gordon heading into Chicagoland:

?I am excited to get to Chicago. I?ve never raced there before, but that?s alright. I am here to drive this car the rest of the season to gain experience. The majority of the tracks where I am going to be going to I just haven?t been to yet. But, we are using the rest of this season to learn. We want to be prepared for a strong full season next year. The rest of this season is preparing us for just that.

?It?s always tough going into a track that you?ve never been at. You really don?t know where the line is, where the groove, is, and the fastest way around the track. You have to ask a lot of questions, but you can?t be afraid to ask either. The crew chief and the spotter really help you the most. The spotter can see where you are going and let you know to move up or down. The crew chief can tell you how the car is going to react on the track. It?s mostly a communication process between a lot of different people that help you the most at new tracks.

?It?s great to get into Chicago and to continue things with Jay Robinson Racing. It seems that in just a short time that we?ve really worked together well. We might only have one weekend under our belts, but I am pretty pleased with the progress that we?ve made already. Jay (car owner Jay Robinson) is really determined to get us running up front, and that?s where I want to be too. We have our challenges ahead of us, there is no doubt, but we?re going to be prepared.

?The great thing about this team is that we have a two-car operation with the experience of three drivers. I bring to the table some of my talents, but having Derrike (Gordon?s teammate Derrike Cope) as a teammate is also a big boost. He helps me along, and Mark Green is assisting me too. We?re all working together to try to win, and the experience that those guys bring really helps accelerate my learning curve. That?s something that I can only get here at Jay Robinson Racing. I?m pretty excited about this opportunity.

?This weekend I want to complete laps and learn the track. I?ve been to Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta, and although it?s a pretty similar layout, no track is the same. You can only get exp

erience by being on the track. It?s not that I am some female driver out there just looking to finish. I am out there to race and be the best racer I can be. I want to take the necessary steps to be competitive, and for right now, that is gaining experience in the Busch Series.

?This team is ready to give me the opportunity and I am ready to take it. Chicago will be the next race to gain experience. The track looks nice and it?s a fast track. The mile-and-a-half tracks are really good for this series. They are fast and give us plenty of room to put on a good show. I am just looking for a good showing this weekend in this Yahoo! Ford.?

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