"I'm proud of our cars for turning what looked like it was going to be a bad night overall, or a disaster really in the points, [into] to something that is real manageable and something we can move forward with," he said. "Obviously, we definitely wanted to beat Tony tonight and pad that lead a little bit, but we can walk out of here with our heads up."
"We just dropped the green and we weren't really that great," he said. "We led some in the beginning, having the track position and clean air. We kept fighting it, but we just could never get enough rear grip in it off the corner all day and really kind of struggled."
"Compared to the way we ran here earlier in the year (23rd), this is almost like a win for us," Gordon said.
"It's probably one of the worst that we've had in a long time and we just couldn't fix any of the things that we had wrong in practice," he said.