Four-Time turns 46: Happy Birthday Jeff Gordon
Join NASCAR.com in wishing Jeff Gordon a happy 46th birthday.
Gordon : 'Alex proved himself last year'
Jeff Gordon tells SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that Alex Bowman's work with the No. 88 team in 2016 makes him a natural fit to take over in 2018.
Jeff Gordon to drive Camaro pace car at Daytona 500
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Three-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the start of Sunday's Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) behind the wheel of the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 pace car. "Chevrolet and I have a great history at the Daytona 500 and it's an honor to drive the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 pace car for the largest, most historic race of the season," Gordon said. Chevrolet will also pace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Nextera Energy Resources 250 with a 2017 Silverado on Friday evening. A 2017 Camaro SS -- featuring a new Krypton Green exterior color -- will pace the NASCAR XFINITY Series Powershares QQQ 300 on Saturday. "Chevrolet is proud to pace the 'Great American Race' on the high banks of the iconic Daytona International Speedway ," said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. "The Camaro ZL1 delivers unprecedented levels of technology, refinement and track capability." Gordon has plenty of experience leading the field at Daytona. In addition to winning the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999 and 2005, he shared the overall win last month at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. All three Chevrolet pace vehicles share graphic theme highlights in silver and black, along with selected accessories and personalization features. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Harvick: 'Kyle Larson is the best driver to come along since Jeff Gordon'
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Martinsville With three runner-ups and a win on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, Kyle Larson's strong start to the season has gotten the attention of many in the racing industry. That includes 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, who made quite the bold statement on the current points leader during Tuesday's premiere of his radio show "Happy Hours" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "Kyle Larson is the best driver to come along since Jeff Gordon in my opinion," Harvick said definitively. RELATED: Take 5 from Auto Club " Larson wins Auto Club 400 He went on to talk about Larson's talent, how he wins in everything he drives and how "everyone in the garage wants a Kyle Larson." "I think Chase Elliott is going to be great too, but Kyle Larson has something special," Harvick said. By the looks of it, Harvick's son Keelan is a fan of Larson's as well. I mean what the heck @KyleLarsonRacin pic.twitter.com/h5C14IV3Xh — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) March 28, 2017
Ryan Blaney, Jeff Gordon and Kim Coon debate one-piece swim suits vs. bikinis
In this excerpt from the Glass Case Of Emotion Podcast, Jeff Gordon joins Ryan Blaney and Kim Coon to talk their preferred styles of swimwear. Catch new episodes of the Glass Case Of Emotion Podcast every Wednesday at NASCAR.com/podcast
From The Vault: Jeff Gordon wins first race at Fontana
Relive the first race at Auto Club Speedway that saw Jeff Gordon be the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver to go to Victory Lane at the track in 1997.
Jeff Gordon to join Cadillac team for Rolex 24 at Daytona
Four-time NASCAR premier series champion Jeff Gordon will make his return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the first time in 10 years as Wayne Taylor Racing on Thursday confirmed Gordon alongside full-season co-drivers Jordan and Ricky Taylor and endurance driver Max Angelelli as the driver lineup in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race opens the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on Jan. 28-29, 2017. Gordon's lone previous Rolex 24 appearance in 2007 came with the same team. He co-drove the No. 10 Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype with Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Jan Magnussen to a third-place result. "When I announced I would no longer be competing full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, my hope was that I would get an opportunity like this to compete again in such a prestigious event -- with Konica Minolta and Wayne Taylor Racing -- with the hopes of winning it this time," Gordon said. "I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination." Gordon , now an analyst on NASCAR on FOX telecasts, and the No. 10 team will be part of the debut race for the brand-new Cadillac DPi-V.R, which was officially unveiled Wednesday by the manufacturer. "I think it is exceptional to have Jeff back with us after 10 years," Angelelli said. "I look forward to sharing our new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar with him, discussing our setup and race strategy. It was great the first time -- we might have won that race if some things would have gone our way. Now that it's happening again, with the new car, it's going to be absolutely great." Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who finished third in the 2016 WeatherTech Championship Prototype standings, are also looking forward to running with the NASCAR legend. "It used to be common to have NASCAR guys joining teams for the Rolex but, over recent years, it's become less and less frequent," Jordan Taylor said. " Jeff Gordon is a name that everyone knows worldwide. I can't wait to compare notes and feedback with such a legend of our sport. It's going to be an experience of a lifetime." "Having Jeff Gordon join the team is really a dream come true for all of us," added Ricky Taylor. "It is a huge compliment to how well-respected the team has become over the years for someone with the history and career of Jeff Gordon to want to be a part of it. I'm sure he will be a great addition to the lineup and hopefully we can all get our first Rolex 24 win together." The No. 10 entry will compete for the overall Rolex 24 race victory in the WeatherTech Championship's Prototype (P) class. It will be one of three Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars in the field, as three-time defending series champions Action Express Racing confirmed its plans to field a pair of the new race cars earlier Thursday morning. Gordon , who has participated in private test sessions with the team in recent weeks, is expected to join the team for the upcoming IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona International Speedway in Dec. 13-14, as well as the three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test on Jan. 6-8, 2017 prior to the race on the final weekend of January. &lt;/p&gt;
Jeff Gordon reflects on Johnson's legacy as he runs for a seventh title
MORE: Buy tickets for Homestead-Miami Championship Weekend Jimmie Johnson . A worldwide household name, Johnson has reached remarkable feats in the racing world. This weekend could represent a pinnacle in his racing career, as he runs for his seventh championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway , the opportunity to tie the great Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most all-time Sprint Cup Series championships within reach. But "Six-Time" wasn't always that way: Former Hendrick Motorsports teammate and No. 48 car owner Jeff Gordon recalls when Johnson wasn't a world champion, a race winner or even a Sprint Cup Series driver. He was just Jimmie. • • • Gordon remembers a tremendously fast, red, white and blue car that took the track at an XFINITY test at Darlington Raceway back in 2000. "I was helping Ricky Hendrick -- (team owner) Rick (Hendrick’s) son -- who was getting in the XFINITY Series and wanted to run a few races and Darlington was one of the races on that schedule," Gordon told NASCAR.com on Thursday. "… So, I went down to Darlington for a day of XFINITY testing and I remember going out there on top of a truck … and a car was out there -- it was a red, white and blue car. Really had a nice line, carrying a lot of speed, right up next to the wall. You know, Darlington's a very intimidating track and usually it takes not just a lot of skill but experience to understand the track." Gordon complimented the driver's style, telling Hendrick "that's pretty much how you need to do it." Then he asked who the driver was. " Jimmie Johnson ," Gordon recalls Hendrick answering. With his seemingly experienced motor skills, Gordon wondered how many times Johnson had raced at "The Track Too Tough to Tame." Hendrick surprised Gordon by telling him he thought it was his first time. Gordon wanted to meet him. "I remember going down to the garage and Jimmie was sitting in his car and I went over there to him and said, 'Hey, what's up, how are you?' and introduced myself," Gordon said. "I said, 'So, have you ever been here to Darlington before?' And he said, 'Nope, today's the first time I ever saw the place.' "That to me in itself kind of floored me -- it looked like he had been there for years; tremendous speed," Gordon admitted. " So, I started watching him from that point forward. "… To me, (he) was an overachiever for the team and the equipment." Jimmie Johnson : A 24-year-old "overachiever" without a future ride, Sprint Cup win or championship to his name. Sounds about right for someone who would later be christened "Six-Time." RELATED: Johnson through the years in photos • • • The date is August 19, 2000. The now- XFINITY Series heads to the rolling Irish Hills of Michigan International Speedway . Already a three-time now- Sprint Cup Series champion under the Hendrick Motorsports umbrella, Gordon is making his fourth XFINITY start in the No. 24 Gordon -Evernham Motorsports ride. After the drivers meeting, Johnson approaches Gordon . "(He said), 'Hey, I've got some opportunities and some people talking to me and I'd love to pick your brain about it and get your opinion,'" Gordon recalled. "So, I was impressed that he was willing to come up and ask me and I felt honored that he thought to do that." The veteran driver was even more impressed during the race. "I was running, I think third or fourth or something on a late restart," Gordon said. "… I had a faster car than him all day long, but on that final restart he made a big, bold move and passed me, and I was like, 'Whoa!' I was like, 'This guy's got some real skills here.'" GALLERY: How Johnson became 'Six-Time' During that time, Hendrick Motorsports was a three-car team, fielding the Nos. 5, 25 and 24 cars out of three-separate shops on the Concord, North Carolina, campus. But soon, more teams began to adopt the four-car team concept, where each of the cars worked together to share information and were seeing positive on-track results. "When I left that Michigan race, I remember calling Rick (Hendrick) and I said 'You know, I was just racing in the XFINITY race -- Jimmie Johnson is extremely impressive … I really think that we could build this fourth team and hire him,'" Gordon said. Hendrick had met Johnson through his son Ricky, as the pair were friends. But he worried about a lack of sponsorship for a no-name rookie out of El Cajon, California. But Gordon was relentless. "Maybe a week or two went by and we talked some more about it," Gordon said. "and Rick said to me … 'Listen, if you're that adamant about it, why don't you be a partner with me on it and we'll go in together?' "I said, 'Done.'" On Sept. 22, 2000, Jimmie Johnson officially signed with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the No. 48 Chevrolet part-time. He made his first start behind the wheel of the No. 48 ride less than 13 months after that, signed with the team full-time in 2002 and earned his first Sprint Cup Series race 10 races into his rookie year. Less than five years after that, Johnson was celebrating his first Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway . • • •
Jeff Gordon prepares for Rolex 24 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon announced his retirement, a lot of folks thought he would be done with racing when the 2015 season was over. The truth, however, has proved to be just the opposite. Gordon resumed NASCAR driving duties in numerous fill-in roles for Dale Earnhardt Jr . in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet throughout the 2016 season. At the beginning of this month, it also was announced that Gordon would return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, after a 10-year hiatus. For the 2017 Rolex 24, Gordon will join Wayne Taylor Racing in the team's brand new Daytona Prototype international (DPi), the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, where he will compete alongside Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. Gordon turned his first laps in the car at in an IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona on Tuesday afternoon. "Oh man, that was a lot of fun," Gordon said after finishing his stint in the car. "I'm thrilled to be here, and to finally get some laps in. It didn't disappoint. To be able to drive a car that has that kind of downforce, and the kind of braking and cornering it's capable of, it's just an amazing piece of machinery." In 2007, Gordon's lone previous Rolex 24 experience, he drove alongside Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Jan Magnussen in a Corvette Daytona Prototype. Despite a few setbacks during the race, the quartet ended up finishing on the overall podium in third. Back then, the DPs were far more similar to a Cup car than the new batch of DPi models are, so Gordon has been meticulous in his preparations. "I've been working so hard because I want to give these guys everything," explained Gordon . "I told Wayne years ago that I wasn't going to come back to run this again unless I can put in the necessary amount of time and effort. I might be working harder this year than I think I've ever worked. "Every lap I've made in the car has been helpful, as has the time I spent in the Dallara simulator in Indianapolis -- that was big. I've definitely spent some time getting familiar with the seat, the steering wheel and how the car reacts. I anticipated feeling more comfortable here at Daytona than I did on the Charlotte road course, and that's exactly what happened." For much of Tuesday, the team was working through a few software gremlins with the engine. However, once they hit the track, all the drivers were able to get some valuable seat time in on the high banks. Gordon feels there is definitely great room for improvement in setup, but he's looking to step aside and listen to the experts on that topic. "That's for Ricky and Jordan and Max," he said. "I mean, I'm just trying to keep up with those guys. I felt like there were some areas where I could have been more aggressive, but we'll see." Gordon finds great amusement in some of the reaction to the announcement that he would be returning to the Rolex, as he wasn't exactly private about his interest in partaking in the race. However, despite alluding to it on numerous occasions, much of the surprise makes him feel that not everyone took him seriously on the matter. He's looking forward to showing everyone just how serious he actually was by chasing a win in the twice-around-the-clock enduro. "At this point in my life and career, that would be huge," Gordon said. "I think you really realize how important this race is when you're here on race day and you see the hype and the buildup and it doesn't disappoint. The challenges that you face, going for 24 hours to compete at that level against your competitors, that's what makes this race so thrilling." Everyone will get a chance to experience that thrill on Jan. 28, when the green flag drops on the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Will Jeff Gordon's second final race really be his last?
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Similarities abounded Sunday at what could be Jeff Gordon 's second final race of his NASCAR career. Like his most recent farewell last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway , he posed for a pre-race team photo with Hendrick Motorsports personnel. And though there was far less fanfare in Sunday's Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway , Gordon wound up with the same result -- a sixth-place finish in his final start before heading back into retirement. Or is it? Gordon said "based on the information I have in front of me," it was. "But I didn't see me running eight races this year, either." The four-time premier series champion's capable relief stint this season in place of injured Dale Earnhardt Jr . came to a close Sunday at the .526-mile track where he's enjoyed many successes -- nine of his 93 career wins. Among active Sprint Cup Series drivers, only teammate Jimmie Johnson has as many Martinsville triumphs, tying Gordon's benchmark with a victory in Sunday's 500-lapper. The 45-year-old Gordon showed plenty of pep in his Martinsville swan song, logging loads of laps among the top five. A slight fade over the final green-flag stretch left him with a top-10 effort and the best result of his interim tenure in the No. 88. "Well, I would rather have won," Gordon said. "I felt like we had a fourth- or fifth-place car the run before that so I always wanted to get the most out of it. I was a little disappointed it didn't take off there at the end. … But I was proud of this team, proud of my performance. Best finish I've had in this car, so all in all, it was a good way to end our run here this year in (the) 88 car, and I think it's going to be the last one. We'll see." If team owner Rick Hendrick has his say -- and he joked Sunday that he typically does -- Gordon may still have some racing left to do. When Earnhardt's concussion-like symptoms first were diagnosed this summer, Hendrick said Gordon was atop his list as a possible replacement. The longtime car owner and NASCAR Hall of Fame electee said Sunday's performance did little to sway that notion, confirming that "absolutely" Gordon would be his first call from the bullpen. "In the middle of the race, he was coming. Man, he could win this thing," Hendrick said. "It's really tough to be out of the car and jump back in and race with these guys without having the week-to-week input into the car. "Don't you guys agree, he's too young to retire? I mean, he's too good. Maybe we'll vote him back in. Maybe we can come up with a new deal." New driving assignments notwithstanding, Gordon will head back to the broadcasting booth with FOX Sports in 2017. But before making that transition, the future Hall of Famer took time Sunday to savor another celebrated send-off. "Just like Homestead, you don't really know how special some of those moments are until years down the road," Gordon said, "or maybe that's just my personality when I can reflect on it, go back through my career. This has really done a lot for me integrating into the team and the organization. … It's memorable, certainly, but I think it's ironic that this is the last one."
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