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Jeffery Michael Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is a professional Americanmarker race car driver. He was born in Vallejo, Californiamarker, raised in Pittsboro, Indianamarker, and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker. He is a four-time NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) Series champion, three-time Daytona 500 winner, and driver of the #24 DuPont/Pepsi/United States National Guard Chevrolet Impala. He, along with Rick Hendrick, are the co-owners of the #48 Lowe's sponsored team, driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Sprint Cup series championships. Gordon also has an equity stake in his own # 24 team. He also became the first driver to reach $100 Million in winnings for the Cup series in 2009.

Early career

Gordon began racing at the age of five, racing quarter midgets. The Roy Hayer Memorial Race Track (Previously the CrackerJack Track) in Rio Linda, Californiamarker is noted as the first track Gordon ever competed on. By the Age of 6 Gordon had won 35 main events and set 5 track records. By the age of 13 Gordon took an interest in the sprint cars. Gordon and his family had to overcome an insurance hurtle. The minimum age for driving the sprint cars was 16. His persistence paid off with an all Florida speed weeks. Supporting his career choice, Gordon's family moved from Vallejo, Californiamarker to Pittsboro, Indianamarker, where there were more opportunities for younger racers. Before the age of 18, Gordon had already won three short-track races and was awarded USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year in 1989. That season was highlighted by winning Night Before the 500 midget car race on the day before the Indianapolis 500marker. In 1990, Gordon won his second consecutive Night Before the 500, the Hut Hundredmarker, and the Belleville Midget Nationals on his way to winning the USAC national Midget title. In 1991, Gordon into the USAC Silver Crown, and at the age of 20 became the youngest driver to win the season championship. He also won the 4 Crown Nationalsmarker midget car race that season. In his midget car career between 1989 and 1992, he finished in the Top 3 in 22 of 40 USAC midget car events.

Busch Series Career

In 1991 and 1992 Gordon went on to the Busch Series driving for Bill Davis Racing. In his first year as a Busch driver he won rookie of the year. In 1992 Gordon set a NASCAR record by capturing 11 poles in one season. His time with Bill Davis racing introduced Jeff to Ray Evernham as his crew chief. He was sponsored by Carolina Ford Dealers in 1991 and Baby Ruth in 1992. Coincidentally, Gordon's first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, the 1992 Hooters 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedwaymarker, was also the final race for Richard Petty. He went on to finish 31st, crashing after 164 laps of competition.

Cup career

In 1993, Gordon raced his first full season in Winston Cup (now the Sprint Cup) for Hendrick Motorsports, in which he won a Daytona 500 qualifying race, the Rookie of the Year award, and finished 14th in points. Ray Evernham was placed as Jeff Gordon's first crew chief. Gordon's success in the sport reshaped the paradigm and eventually gave younger drivers an opportunity to compete in NASCAR. However, during the 1993 season, many doubted Gordon's ability to compete at such a level at such a young age because of his tendency to push the cars too hard and crash.

1994

In 1994, Gordon collected his first career victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedwaymarker in the Coca Cola 600, NASCAR's longest and most demanding race. Additionally, Gordon scored a popular hometown victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker in the inaugural Brickyard 400, passing Ernie Irvan for the lead late in the race when Irvan cut down a tire. Gordon finished eighth in the Winston Cup point standings for the '94 season, as Earnhardt grabbed the driving championship for his 7th and final time.

1995-2001

1995 saw Gordon win his first NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. He won it by battling 7-time and defending champ, Dale Earnhardt into the final race of the season. Many see this as a symbolic passing of the torch, as Gordon collected his first championship the year after Earnhardt won his seventh and final championship. Earnhardt won his first championship in 1980, the year after Richard Petty won his seventh and final championship.

Gordon got off to a rocky start in 1996, but rebounded to win ten races. He finished 2nd to teammate Terry Labonte for the championship.

Jeff Gordon won his first Daytona 500 in 1997. Later in the season he also won the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte and had a chance to become the first man since Bill Elliott in 1985 to win the "Winston Million." Gordon completed the feat by holding off a determined Jeff Burton in the final laps of the Southern 500 at Darlington. While Elliott failed to win the Winston Cup in 1985, Jeff Gordon claimed his second Winston Cup championship in 1997, completing one of the most impressive single-season performances in NASCAR history.

1997 racecar
In 1998 Gordon successfully defended his victories in the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500, winning a record four consecutive Southern 500s in the process. Gordon also won his second Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. According to most NASCAR drivers the race at Indianapolis has become second in prestige only to the Daytona 500. Gordon finished the 1998 season with a victory in the season finale at Atlanta. This was his 13th victory of the season and tied Richard Petty's modern era record of 13 wins in a single season.

In 1999, Gordon along with crew chief Evernham formed Gordon/Evernham Motorsports. Though short lived, the race team enjoyed success. The co-owned team received a full sponsorship from Pepsi and ran six races with Gordon as driver and Ray Evernham as crew chief in the NASCAR Busch Series. GEM only survived one year as Evernham was pulled away by Dodge. Jeff Gordon extended his Busch experiment one more year, through 2000 as co-owner, with Rick Hendrick buying Evernham's half. After the departure of Evernham, the race team was renamed JG Motorsports.

Many people questioned Gordon's ability to win championships without longtime crew chief, Ray Evernham, especially after Gordon struggled to a 9th place points finish in 2000, winning only three races. Gordon answered those challenges in 2001 by winning 6 races en route to his 4th Winston Cup championship. Jeff Gordon became the third driver to win four Cup championships in NASCAR history only second to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt (7 times).

2002-03

Gordon struggled in 2002, not winning until the fall Bristol race, and winning at Darlington and Kansas

In 2003, Jeff Gordon returned with Robbie Loomis for a third season together. Jeff won early in April, winning Martinsville, and winning Atlanta and Martinsville again in the fall. He finished the year 4th in the NASCAR standings, with 3 wins, 15 Top-5 finishes, and 20 Top-10 finishes. Jeff also was in second in rank to Matt Kenseth for the championship early in the season.

2004

Gordon won the Brickyard 400 in August 2004, obtaining his 4th Indy win (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004). He is the only NASCAR driver with four Brickyard 400 victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker, and one of only five drivers to have four victories at the historic track. He finished 3rd in the 2004 NEXTEL Cup points standing behind Kurt Busch and teammate Jimmie Johnson even though he scored the most total points throughout the whole season, a consequence of the new Chase system implemented in 2004.

2005

Gordon started the 2005 season with a win in the Daytona 500, but inconsistency would plague him throughout the year. A late season (notably top 10s at Indy and Bristol) run put him in position to qualify for the Chase, but in the last race before the Chase at Richmondmarker, Gordon made contact with the wall and failed to qualify for the chase. Despite this disappointment, on October 23 Gordon won the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedwaymarker, his first win in 22 points races, and his 7th career victory at the track, which leads all active drivers at the facility. He went on to finish 11th in the Championship and received a $1,000,000 bonus as the top driver finishing outside the Chase. It was Gordon's first time outside the top 10 in the point standings since 1993.

On September 14, 2005 Crew Chief Robbie Loomis resigned from the #24 team. Loomis stayed on with Hendrick Motorsports as a consultant for Jimmie Johnson's #48 team through the Chase for The NEXTEL Cup in 2005. Steve Letarte, Gordon's car chief for most of the '05 season and long time member of the 24 crew, replaced Loomis as crew chief effective at New Hampshire International Speedwaymarker on September 18, 2005.

2006

Gordon won his ninth road race, the 2006 Dodge/Save Mart 350, at the Infineon Racewaymarker - his first win of the season and fifth at Infineon. The day before the race, he announced his engagement to Belgian model Ingrid Vandebosch.

On June 29, 2006, Gordon announced that he would participate in the Rolex 24 endurance sports car event at Daytona International Speedway, teaming up with SunTrust Racing drivers Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor, who won the 2005 Rolex 24 race. His team went on to finish third, despite problems, two laps behind the winning team of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, and Salvador Durán. On July 9, 2006, Gordon won his first race at the Chicagoland Speedwaymarker at the running of the USG Sheetrock 400(this was also the first win for Hendrick Motorsports at this track).

Gordon made the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" with his improvements on the intermediate 1.5/2-mile downforce racetracks from 2005. His consistency in the latter portions of 2006 made him competitive week-in and week-out, eventually finishing 6th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Standings.

Jeff Gordon attended the awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotelmarker in New York Citymarker for his top-10 finish in the NEXTEL Cup Standings. While there he collected a check for his 2006 winnings of $7,471,447 which brings his career winnings total to $82,838,526.

2007

Pulling into the pits at Texas in 2007
Gordon started the 2007 Cup season off by winning his Gatorade Duel qualifying race. Due to a rear shock bolt breaking during the race on his car, he failed the post-race inspection which found that the rear of his car was too low and, as a result, had to start 42nd in the 2007 Daytona 500. He went on to finish 10th in the race despite being involved in a crash during a spectacular last-lap finish.

On March 23, 2007, Gordon won his 58th career pole for the 2007 Food City 500 at Bristolmarker, the first race for the Car of Tomorrow. He went on to a 3rd place in the race, which gave him the points lead for the first time since the 2005 Daytona 500. At Texas Motor Speedway, Gordon started on the pole because qualifying was rained out. He led the most laps before brushing the wall coming out of turn 4 and finishing 4th.. On April 19, 2007 at Phoenix International Raceway, Gordon won the pole, and tied Darrell Waltrip's modern day record of 59 career poles.Two days later, at the Subway Fresh Fit 500, he won, ending a streak of 21 races of non-pole winners at PIR. He has now won a Cup race at all but two NASCAR racetracks (Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway). With the win, he also tied Dale Earnhardt for 6th all time in overall number of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series wins (second in the modern era). After winning the race, he held a black flag with the number 3 to honor the late Dale Earnhardt.

On April 28, 2007, Gordon earned the pole at Talladega Superspeedwaymarker, his 60th career pole (and third consecutive in 2007), passing Darrell Waltrip's record of 59 to become the modern era pole leader. One day later, he passed Earnhardt for sole position of sixth on the all time wins list with 77 by winning the Aaron's 499.

On May 13, 2007, Gordon held on despite an overheating car and a late charge by Denny Hamlin to win the Dodge Avenger 500, the 78th win of his career, and his 7th at Darlington Racewaymarker.

In the 2007 Coca-Cola 600, Gordon crashed after contact with Tony Raines and AJ Allmendinger on lap 61 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, only into the race, ending his streak of completing every lap during the season. Gordon finished 41st.

On June 11, 2007, Gordon earned his 4th win of the year and 79th of his career in a rain shortened race at Pocono Raceway. Six days later, he scored a ninth place finish at the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedwaymarker, the 300th top-ten finish of his career.On September 8, 2007, Gordon earned a place in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. With his four wins in the first 26 races, he earned the second seed (teammate Jimmie Johnson earned the top seed with six wins) in the chase.

On October 7, 2007, Gordon led only the final lap in winning the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedwaymarker for his 80th career victory, using a strategy of staying near the end of the field until nearly the end of the race to avoid the inevitable "big one", especially with the unknowns involved in racing the Car of Tomorrow. With the win, he swept the 2007 season races at Talladega, and won his 12th race at a restrictor plate track (Daytonamarker and Talladega), making him the all-time leader for restrictor plate wins.

On October 13, 2007, Gordon led 71 laps and, although fuel was a question near the end of the race, he was able to finish the race and earned his 81st career victory in the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedwaymarker.

Finishing fourth in the 2007 Ford 400, Gordon finished the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup 2nd in the standings to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, trailing by 77. However, Gordon's top-ten finish at Homestead left him with a total of 30 top-ten finishes for the season, setting a new modern era Cup Series record.

2008

2008 "Dupont" Cup car
2008 "Nicorette" Cup car


Gordon finished fourth in the Budweiser Shootout and finished third in the Gatorade Duel qualifying race. He started the 50th annual Daytona 500 from the eighth position and led eight laps, some under caution, but on lap 159 suffered suspension failure and finished in 39th position.

Jeff Gordon wrecked with 5 laps to go at Las Vegas Motor Speedwaymarker (LVMS), claiming that it was one of the hardest wrecks he's ever had, and leading him to call for safety improvements on the inside walls of LVMS and other similar tracks. The wreck has had drivers and owners from all around Nascar now concerned with the lack of a SAFER barrier on the inside walls at tracks and the design of the wall where it allows access for emergency vehicles. Greg Biffle went as far to say that the wreck should be taken as seriously as the one that took Dale Earnhardt's life in 2001. Other drivers who have publicly supported Gordon's call for safety improvements include Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Robby Gordon, and Kurt Busch.

Gordon collected his 64th career pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 on March 7, 2008, then went on to finish 5th in the race leading 3 laps.

Gordon collected his 65th career pole for the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on March 28, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. Gordon went on to finish second in the race after being caught up in a crash caused by Aric Almirola and coming back from the tail end of the field. Gordon led 90 laps in the race.

Gordon finished 3rd in the Dodge Challenger 500 making that his 4th straight top 3 finish in that particular event.

Gordon scored a 3rd at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 making this finish his 4th top 3 finish in the last 8 events at Sonoma.

On September 7, 2008, with his 8th place finish at Richmond, Gordon will make his 4th appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup earning the 10th seed out of 12 drivers.

Gordon collected his 66th career pole at the Dover International Speedwaymarker for the Camping World RV 400. Gordon led 30 laps in the race and scored a top 5, while Greg Biffle won.

Gordon was caught up in an accident with David Reutimann in the Amp Energy 500 after Reutimann's rear tire exploded and he spun out into Gordon. Gordon criticized Goodyear for tire quality during his interview. He finished 35th, while Reutimann continued to race, until his engine expired.

On October 31, 2008, Gordon earned his 67th career pole, his fourth of the 2008 season, and first ever at Texas Motor Speedwaymarker. Gordon finished 2nd to Carl Edwards.

Gordon finished 7th in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup, 368 points out of first place. He finished winless for the first time since 1993.

2009

Gordon started off the 2009 season by drawing the 28th and final position of the Budweiser Shootout. Gordon finished 4th at the Shootout, the same finish he had in 2008 after getting through three wrecks, including a last lap crash. He held off Tony Stewart to win his 5th Gatorade Duel. It was his first win in forty-one races. As a result of the win Gordon started 3rd in the Daytona 500 and, after overcoming a tire issue late in the race, finished 13th.

Despite leading 64 laps, Gordon finished runner-up to Matt Kenseth in the Auto Club 500. It was Gordon's 9th top-5 finish at California.

Gordon led 17 laps in the Shelby 427 but cut a tire coming into the pits and as a result he finished 6th, despite having a shredded fender. Gordon took his first points lead since 2007.

Gordon led 35 laps in the Kobalt Tools 500 and finished second to Kurt Busch for his second top five finish of the season.

Gordon finished 4th in the Food City 500 to collect his third top five of the season and extended his point lead to 77 points.

Gordon led 147 laps in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville, but finished fourth. His teammate Jimmie Johnson won the event. Gordon extended his point lead to 90 points over Clint Bowyer.

Gordon ended his 47 race winless streak, winning the Samsung 500 for his 82nd career victory and his first at Texas Motor Speedwaymarker. With the win, Gordon has won at every track that currently hosts a Cup race except Homestead-Miami Speedwaymarker. He held off teammate Jimmie Johnson for the win and extended his points lead to 162 points. Gordon also led 105 of the 334 laps, earning him 10 bonus points.

Gordon scored a 5th place in the Southern 500; despite a loose wheel in the beginning of the race. It was Gordon's 5th straight top 5 finish at the track. He extended his point lead to 31 points over Tony Stewart. Gordon scored second place finishes behind teammate Mark Martin, in both the June LifeLock 400 at Michiganmarker and the July LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedwaymarker. Because Martin and Gordon finished 1-2 in both races, LifeLock will pay a $1 million bonus to a Colorado family.

Gordon qualified for the 2009 Chase by virtue of his second place standing in the points following the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Reseeding dropped him to sixth in the points.

Gordon scored two consecutive second place finishes at the Kansas Speedwaymarker and the Auto Club Speedwaymarker. He finished second to Tony Stewart and teammate Jimmie Johnson in those races and sits 3rd in points behind by 112 points. (After Texas).He was behind 169 points after Phoenix.He finished 3rd in points giving Hendrick Motorsports the first team ever to finish 1-2-3 in the points. He finished behind teammate Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson (He won a unpreceaded 4th straight championship).

2009 Results



2009 Races
Date Race Track Start Finish Rank Behind
02/07/2009 Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedwaymarker
28th
4th
N/A
N/A
02/15/2008 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedwaymarker
3rd
13th
12th
-61
02/22/2008 Auto Club 500 Auto Club Speedwaymarker
6th
2nd
2nd
-81
03/01/2009 Shelby 427 Las Vegas Motor Speedwaymarker
28th
6th
1st
+18
03/08/2009 Kobalt Tools 500 Atlanta Motor Speedwaymarker
16th
2nd
1st
+44
03/22/2009 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedwaymarker
10th
4th
1st
+77
03/29/2009 Goody's Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedwaymarker
1st
4th
1st
+90
04/05/2009 Samsung 500 Texas Motor Speedwaymarker
2nd
1st
1st
+162
04/18/2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Phoenix International Racewaymarker
4th
25th
1st
+85
04/26/2009 Aarons 499 Talladega Superspeedwaymarker
13th
36th
2nd
-5
05/02/2009 Crown Royal Presents the Russell Friedman 400 Richmond International Racewaymarker
2nd
7th
1st
+12
05/09/2009 Southern 500 Darlington Racewaymarker
2nd
5th
1st
+29
05/24/2009 Coca-Cola 600 Lowe's Motor Speedwaymarker
3rd
14th
1st
+44
05/31/2009 Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Heluva Good! Dover International Speedwaymarker
42nd
26th
2nd
-46
06/07/2009 Pocono 500 Pocono Racewaymarker
2nd
4th
2nd
-71
06/14/2009 Life Lock 400 Michigan International Speedwaymarker
27th
2nd
2nd
-47
06/21/2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Infineon Racewaymarker
13th
9th
2nd
-84
06/28/2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 New Hampshire International Speedwaymarker
2nd
2nd
2nd
-69
07/04/2009 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedwaymarker
2nd
28th
2nd
-180
07/11/2009 LifeLock.com 400 Chicagoland Speedwaymarker
7th
2nd
2nd
-175
07/26/2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker
22nd
9th
3rd
-207
08/02/2009 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Racewaymarker
3rd
8th
3rd
-199
08/09/2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Watkins Glen Internationalmarker
31st
37th
3rd
-342
08/16/2009 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo Michigan International Speedwaymarker
21st
2nd
2nd
-284
08/22/2009 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedwaymarker
33rd
23rd
3rd
-254
09/06/2009 Pep Boys Auto 500 Atlanta Motor Speedwaymarker
4th
8th
2nd
-237
09/12/2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Racewaymarker
7th
3rd
6th
-30
09/20/2009 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire International Speedwaymarker
10th
15th
10th
-102
09/27/2009 AAA 400 Dover International Speedwaymarker
7th
6th
8th
-122
10/4/2009 Price Chopper 400 Presented by Kraft Foods Kansas Speedwaymarker
9th
2nd
7th
-103
10/11/2009 Pepsi 500 California Speedwaymarker
10th
2nd
5th
-105
10/17/2009 NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank Of America Lowe's Motor Speedwaymarker
9th
4th
3rd
-135
10/25/2009 TUMS Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedwaymarker
2nd
5th
3rd
-150
11/1/2009 AMP Energy 500 Talladega Superspeedwaymarker
3rd
20th
3rd
-192
11/8/2009 Dickies 500 Texas Motor Speedwaymarker
1st
13th
3rd
-112
11/15/2009 Checker O'Reily Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil Phoenix International Racewaymarker
14th
9th
3rd
-169
11/22/2009 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedwaymarker
20th
6th
3rd
-179


Other racing

Gordon has also participated in some off-road events, including a winning drive with Team USA at the 2002 Race of Champions. He was slated to run it again in 2004 against Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher but was sidelined by the flu, and Casey Mears took his place. In 2005, Gordon competed in the Race of Champions event again, this time held in Paris, France, where he was partnered with famed motocross racer/X Games winner Travis Pastrana. In 2007, Gordon competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the first time. He raced the #10 Pontiac for Wayne Taylor racing. His teammates consisted of: Max Angelelli, Jan Magnussen, and Wayne Taylor. The team placed third in Jeff's first ever Rolex 24.

Career NASCAR statistics

Year Races Wins Poles Top 5 Top 10 DNF Finish Start Winnings Season Rank Team(s)
1992 1 0 0 0 0 1 31.0 21.0 $6,285 79th Hendrick Motorsports
1993 30 0 1 7 11 11 17.7 13.1 $623,855 14th Hendrick Motorsports
1994 31 2 1 7 14 10 15.8 9.8 $1,507,010 8th Hendrick Motorsports
1995 31 7 8 17 23 3 9.5 5.0 $2,088,460 1st Hendrick Motorsports
1996 31 10 5 21 24 5 9.5 6.3 $2,409,018 2nd Hendrick Motorsports
1997 32 10 1 22 23 2 9.6 9.4 $4,191,227 1st Hendrick Motorsports
1998 33 13 7 26 28 2 5.7 7.0 $4,156,417 1st Hendrick Motorsports
1999 34 7 7 18 21 7 12.9 7.4 $4,312,292 6th Hendrick Motorsports
2000 34 3 3 11 22 2 12.9 12.2 $2,676,065 9th Hendrick Motorsports
2001 36 6 6 18 24 2 11.0 9.5 $6,635,896 1st Hendrick Motorsports
2002 36 3 3 13 20 3 14.1 12.6 $4,981,168 4th Hendrick Motorsports
2003 36 3 4 15 20 5 12.9 8.6 $5,107,762 4th Hendrick Motorsports
2004 36 5 6 16 25 4 11.4 9.6 $6,437,665 3rd Hendrick Motorsports
2005 36 4 2 8 14 9 17.8 11.5 $6,855,444 11th Hendrick Motorsports
2006 36 2 2 14 18 7 14.9 10.0 $5,975,873 6th Hendrick Motorsports
2007 36 6 7 21 30 1 7.3 11.3 $7,148,622 2nd Hendrick Motorsports
2008 36 0 4 13 19 6 14.5 10.7 $4,650,649 7th Hendrick Motorsports
2009 34 1 1 16 23 1 10.3 10.5 $4,650,649 3rd Hendrick Motorsports
Totals 579 82 68 263 359 81 12.3 9.7 $97,944,052


Data as of November 11, 2009

Sponsorship and Paint

Jeff Gordon and his team have carried the nickname The Rainbow Warriors throughout the years. Jeff has always carried DuPont as a sponsor. From 1993 to 2000 Jeff carried a rainbow scheme that got the team their nickname. Throughout the years Jeff has sometimes carried different paint, such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and Snoopy. In 1997 Jeff signed a long-term contract with Pepsi that is still in place today. Every year Jeff has driven a car with the Pepsi scheme. In 2001, Jeff debuted a new scheme designed by NASCAR artist Sam Bassmarker, which keeps a blue base but changes the rainbow pattern to flames. In 2006 Jeff acquired a new sponsor, Nicorette. In 2007, Jeff increased his partnership with Nicorette, and ran the paint scheme in 4 races. At Talladega in 2007, Jeff had a fan design contest. The design got a real treat, as Jeff won the race. Since 2007, Jeff has had the same design with different colors. Ex. Nicorette scheme, green and yellow flames. Jeff will occasionally run a scheme that will support a different type of DuPont paint such as Cromax Pro.Jeff announced that the primary scheme of the DuPont #24 Chevrolet will change for 2009 & beyond on the QVC show For Race Fans Only. The 2009 scheme keeps the flames format but the colors have radically changed to red and orange flames on a black base color. The new 2009 DuPont paint scheme was unveiled on NBC's The Today Show. In 2009, National Guard signed a contract with Gordon, replacing Nicorette. National Guard is set to be the primary sponsor on Gordon's car for 6-8 races per season. Occasionally, a one-race sponsor steps in to sponsor Jeff's car for one race. For example, Gordon ran a Megatron scheme at Charlotte in the Fall of 2009 to promote the movie Transformers II that was soon to come out on DVD.

Hendrick Motorsports owner, Rick Hendrick, said in November of 2009 that he is working on signing a contract extension with DuPont, Gordon's primary sponsor since the beginning of his career. DuPont's current contract with Jeff Gordon expires at the end of 2010, and Hendrick said he wants it to be Gordon's primary sponsor for the rest of his career.

NASCAR Drug Testing

Gordon has announced that he supports the new drug policy implemented by NASCAR on September 20, 2008. Other drivers who support the new random drug test policy, which will start before the 09 season include Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne.

Personal life

Gordon's parents are Carol Ann Bickford (née Houston) and William Grinnell Gordon of Vacaville, Californiamarker. He has an older sister, Kim.

Gordon met first wife Brooke Sealey after he won a Busch race. Sealey was then a college student and had been present as "Miss Winston" in the victory lane in 1992. The pair began dating in secret, due to a rule that didn't allow drivers to date Miss Winston, and were married in 1994. In 2003, Gordon's divorce from Sealey became tabloid fodder. In court papers, she asked for "exclusive use of the couple's oceanfront home, valued at $9 million, as well as alimony, two cars and periodic use of their boats and an airplane."

Gordon was introduced to Ingrid Vandebosch by a mutual friend in 2002, but they didn't begin dating until 2004. Jeff announced their engagement on June 24, 2006, at a croquet event at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Californiamarker. According to Gordon, they had kept the engagement secret for the following 30 days. Gordon and Vandebosch were married in a small, private ceremony in Mexico on Nov. 7, 2006. On June 20, 2007, Vandebosch gave birth to their first child, Ella Sofia Gordon in New York Citymarker.

Gordon owns a private jet, a British Aerospace BAE-125-800 also known as a Hawker 800 with a tail number on this jet matching his car number, N24JG and also owns a Lazzara 106 yacht called the 24 Karat.

In 1999, Jeff Gordon established The Jeff Gordon Foundation to help support children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. In 2007, Jeff Gordon along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr. founded Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization, which helps professional athletes get involved in charitable causes and inspires millions of non-athletes to volunteer and support the community..

It was announced in 2009 that Gordon would receive the Silver Buffalo Award, the Boy Scouts of Americas highest award for his work as a Scout Recruiter and humanitarian work.

Gordon is a Christian. He has talked about how in the early nineties he got curious and followed some drivers to the weekly chapel one week, which is how he first started to learn more about God.

Career awards

He was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame at the January 10, 2009 Chili Bowl Nationals race at Tulsamarker.

In popular media

Gordon occasionally appears on television shows. He has co-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly ten times on days when Regis Philbin is unavailable. In January 2003, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to host NBC's Saturday Night Live. He was referenced in the rapper Nelly's song E.I..

Gordon has been in a movie called Herbie Fully Loaded as himself in 2005.

There is a reference to Jeff Gordon in the end credits of G-Force, where a guinea pig in a race car says, "I'm Jeff Gordon - with fur!"

He was referenced in the Nickelodeon show Danny Phantom, while Danny is chasing a ghost he says, "Hey! Slow down Jeff Gordon! You are over the speed limit and the height limit"

Also on Disney's Hannah Montana, Hannah's BFF Lilly said "Hey slow down, even Jeff Gordon has to make pit stops sometimes."

NASCAR Sprint Cup Stats

NASCAR Nextel Cup results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position)
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 NNCC Points
1992 H.M.S 24 Chev. DAY CAR RIC ATL DAR BRI NWS MAR TAL LOW DOV INF POC MIC DAY2 POC2 TAL2 GLN MIC2 BRI2 DAR2 RIC2 DOV2 MAR2 NWS2 LOW2 CAR2 PHO ATL2

31
79th 70
1993 H.M.S. 24 Chev. DAY

5
CAR

34
RIC

6
ATL

4
DAR

24
BRI

17
NWS

34
MAR

8
TAL

11
INF

11
LOW

2
DOV

18
POC

28
MIC

2
DAY2

5
NHA

7
POC2

37
TAL2

31
GLN

31
MIC2

3
BRI2

20
DAR2

22
RIC2

10
DOV2

24
MAR2

11
NWS2

34
LOW2

5
CAR2

21
PHO

35
ATL2

31
14th 3447
1994 H.M.S. 24 Chev. DAY

4
CAR

32
RIC

3
ATL

8
DAR

31
BRI

22
NWS

15
MAR

33
TAL

24
INF

37
LOW

1
DOV

5
POC

6
MIC

12
DAY2

8
NHA

39
POC2

8
TAL2

31
IND

1
GLN

9
MIC2

15
BRI2

32
DAR2

6
RIC2

2
DOV2

11
MAR2

11
NWS2

8
LOW2

28
CAR2

29
PHO

4
ATL2

15
8th 3776
1995 H.M.S. 24 Chev. DAY

22
CAR

1
RIC

36
ATL

1
DAR

32
BRI

1
NWS

2
MAR

3
TAL

2
INF

3
LOW

33
DOV

6
POC

16
MIC

2
DAY2

1
NHA

1
POC2

2
TAL2

8
IND

6
GLN

3
MIC2

3
BRI2

6
DAR2

1
RIC2

6
DOV2

1
MAR2

7
NWS2

3
LOW2

30
CAR2

20
PHO

5
ATL2

32
1st 4614
1996 H.M.S. 24 Chev. DAY

42
CAR

40
RIC

1
ATL

3
DAR

1
BRI

1
NWS

2
MAR

3
TAL

33
INF

6
LOW

4
DOV

1
POC

1
MIC

6
DAY2

3
NHA

34
POC2

7
TAL2

1
IND

37
GLN

4
MIC2

5
BRI2

2
DAR2

1
RIC2

2
DOV2

1
MAR2

1
NWS2

1
LOW2

31
CAR2

12
PHO

5
ATL2

3
2nd 4620
1997 H.M.S 24 Chev. DAY

1
CAR

1
RIC

4
ATL

42
DAR

3
TEX

30
BRI

1
MAR

1
INF

2
TAL

5
LOW

1
DOV

26
POC

1
MIC

5
CAL

1
DAY2

21
NHA

23
POC2

2
IND

4
GLN

1
MIC2

2
BRI2

35
DAR2

1
RIC2

3
NHA2

1
DOV2

7
MAR2

4
LOW2

5
TAL2

35
CAR2

4
PHO

17
ATL2

17
1st 4710


References

  1. http://www.speedtv.com/articles/auto/grandam/27817/
  2. http://www.grand-am.com/Events/SessionResults.asp?SessionID=803
  3. Gordon Wins UAW-500 at Talladega
  4. Crash has Gordon wanting safety upgrades at LVMS
  5. Impact of Gordon's crash may be felt beyond LVMS
  6. Drivers concerned about safety at some racetracks
  7. Gordon takes Atlanta pole, Earnhardt to start second
  8. [1]
  9. Jeff Gordon finds pole at one of his least successful tracks
  10. Gordon gets first victory at Texas to end winless skid
  11. 2009 Unofficial Driver Standings: Samsung 500
  12. Martin prevails in frantic finish at Chicagoland speedway
  13. NASCAR Career Stats
  14. Jeff's Personal Jet
  15. Yachting Magazine - The NASCAR Yacht Club
  16. Athletes for Hope
  17. [2]
  18. Interview on Breakaway tv
  19. Interview with Larry King
  20. 2001 Interview on Belief.net
  21. Hopeway.org


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