Police: Ex-NASCAR driver Robby Gordon’s father strangled wife, fatally shot self in California home

Robby Gordon of team Hummer (USA) on January 4, 2013 in Lima, Peru.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Robby Gordon of team Hummer (USA) on January 4, 2013 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

ORANGE, Calif. — Police say the father of former auto racing star Robby Gordon strangled his wife before fatally shooting himself in their Southern California home.

Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez announced the cause of death Thursday in the apparent murder-suicide involving 68-year-old Robert Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon.

The couple is the father and stepmother of Robby Gordon, a former star in NASCAR and on other racing circuits.

Lopez says officers discovered the bodies in an upscale suburban neighborhood after receiving a 911 call Wednesday afternoon.

Family members told KCAL’S Jasmine Viel there were no marital problems leading up to the apparent murder-suicide.