NASCAR racer Robby Gordon’s father, stepmother found dead in home

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2007, file photo, NASCAR racer Robby Gordon, right, answers a question during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. Police said a husband and wife were found dead inside a home Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Orange, Calif., and a neighbor said they were Gordon's father and stepmother. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2007, file photo, NASCAR racer Robby Gordon, right, answers a question during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. Police said a husband and wife were found dead inside a home Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Orange, Calif., and a neighbor said they were Gordon's father and stepmother. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

ORANGE, CA (AP) – A man and a woman were found dead inside a home in Southern California and a neighbor said the man was the father of former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon.

Officers discovered the bodies inside a gated house in an upscale neighborhood in Oraange after receiving a 911 call Wednesday afternoon, police Lt. Fred Lopez said.

A weapon was found at the scene, and police do not believe a suspect is at large, officials said.

The Orange County coroner’s office identified the deceased as Robert Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57.

Jill Dombroske, a longtime neighbor, said Robert Gordon was the father of racer Robby Gordon. She said the Gordons were longtime residents of the quiet neighborhood where large homes sit on expansive hillside properties and many residents own horses. Residents were out Thursday morning walking and riding horses on dirt trails that run along the winding hillside roads.

“I feel very sad,” she said. “Everyone here will be very sad.”

Another neighbor, Greg Saunders, said everyone in the area knew the family. He said Robert Gordon had a horse feed business and would regularly drop hay off at neighbors’ homes.

“He’s a very nice, down to earth guy. He has his truck and he delivers personally,” Saunders said.

Police in the city about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles said the cause of the deaths have not been determined.

Calls to representatives for Robby Gordon were not immediately returned Thursday.

Robby Gordon, 47, currently races in an off-road series he created in 2013 called Speed Energy Formula Off-Road, following the path of his father. Known as “Baja Bob,” Gordon’s father was an accomplished off-road racer.

The younger Gordon has raced on numerous racing circuits, from NASCAR to IndyCar to Champ Car and IROC.

Known for his aggressive style, he earned three wins in parts of 19 seasons in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He was a full-time driver early last decade and finished a career-high 16th in the points standings in 2003 driving for Richard Childress Racing. Gordon last raced in the Sprint Cup in 2012.

Gordon is one of only four drivers, joining John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch, to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. He nearly won the 1999 Indy 500 before running out of fuel in the closing laps.

Gordon’s off-road racing team was scheduled to be in Orange County this weekend.

Gordon’s sister, Beccy, is married to 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The driver tweeted Wednesday that his wife had given birth to a boy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s