Robby Gordon's father and stepmother found dead in their Southern California home

What led to the deaths of Bob Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57 "had not been ruled one way or another", Orange County Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly Keyes told USA TODAY Sports.

The coroner's office identified the victims as Robert and Sharon Gordon, and CBS LA confirms they were the father and stepmother of Robby Gordon.

The racer told reporters he and his three sisters, one of which gave birth to Robert's grandson on Wednesday, were devastated.

The police say the horrifying incident happened Wednesday afternoon in the Southern California home of the couple. An undisclosed weapon was found at the scene.

"I'm so sad, and I can't believe it".

Gordon recalled how his father instilled in him a love for competition and motorsports in the Orange County neighborhood, where many residents own horses and dirt riding trails line the suburban streets. His family is upset and grieving the loss of two of its member, as reported by Chron.

Robert Gordon, also known as "Baja Bob", was an accomplished off-road racer.

Gordon, 47, declined to speak further about his parents' death until authorities conclude their investigation.

Neighbor Jill Dombroske said the Gordons were longtime residents of the quiet neighborhood where large homes sit on expansive hillside properties and many residents own horses. NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. sent a tweet that said he was praying for Robby and Beccy Gordon to find strength in this hard time and Jimmie Johnson also took the time to send the Gordon family his condolences.

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Autopsies were completed Thursday for both Sharon and Robert, Lopez says. "Thinking of the Gordon family and friends".

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

Gordon is a uniquely talented individual, having a successful go at on-road racing in NASCAR and IndyCar and eventually going on to dominate desert racing.

He went on: "The truth will come out, what went down there".

Bob Gordon was a well-known and successful off-road racer that Johnson admired.

Bob and his wife are survived by Robby and his sisters Robyn, Haylee and Beccy who just had a baby with her husband Indy 500 driver Ryan Hunter-Reay.

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson also jumped to his Twitter account to offer his condolences.

"Heartbreaking news this morning". 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. His best finish was fourth in 1999, losing when he ran out of fuel in the closing laps.

  • Lawrence Cooper