Two bodies were discovered Wednesday evening inside a home owned by former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon in Orange County California.
The bodies were found by law enforcement after a call from a neighbor who had been doing a welfare check at the request of relatives. Law enforcement said the victims as a 68-year-old male and a 57-year-old female. A spokesperson said they did find a weapon in the home, and believe they are dealing with a murder-suicide.
Thursday morning a representative with the coroner’s office said via phone that notifications have been made and identified the dead as Robert and Sharon Gordon, parents of Robby. Robert is Robby’s father, Sharon is his stepmother. An email to a representative Gordon for confirmation had yet to be answered early Thursday morning.
Gordon,47, is an accomplished racer with open wheel and off road experience in addition to his NASCAR career. During his NASCAR career, which began in 1991, Gordon made 396 Cup starts for such teams as Robert Yates Racing, Richard Childress Racing, and his own team Robby Gordon Motorsports. He has three wins in a Cup career that ended after three starts in 2012.
The Cerritos California native helped start the Speed-Energy Formula Off-Road series in 2013 and continues to compete in that series as well as various off-road events.
Robby’s father “Baja Bob” Gordon also competed in off-road racing. His sister, Beccy Gordon Hunter-Reay, is an off-road racer as well. Her husband, Ryan Hunter-Reay, is a professional racecar driver and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2014.
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“Baja” Bob, dad of race car driver Robby Gordon, dead in possible murder/suicide. (Fmr Baja 1000 winner) @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/Lky42YFizd
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