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Jeffery Michael Gordon^{[2]} (born August 4, 1971) is an American former professional stock car racing driver, currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR, and a top executive for Hendrick Motorsports. He raced fulltime from 1993 to 2015, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Sprint Cup Series (now called NASCAR Cup Series), and also served as a substitute driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in select races during the 2016 season.^{[3]} He is regarded as one of the most influential drivers in NASCAR history, helping the sport reach mainstream popularity.
Gordon started his professional racing career in the Busch Series with Hugh Connerty Racing, followed by Bill Davis Racing, winning three races, and began racing fulltime in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in 1993. He is a fourtime Cup Series champion, having won the title in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001. He was the youngest driver to win a NASCAR title, being 24 years old by the end of the 1995 season. He also won the Daytona 500 three times in 1997, 1999, and 2005. Gordon has completed three career Grand Slams and has won a total of sixteen Crown Jewel races (three Daytona 500s, four Talladega 500s, three CocaCola 600s, and six Southern 500s), both of which are alltime records.
He is third on the alltime Cup wins list with 93 career wins, while having the record for the most wins in NASCAR's modern era (1972present) and the most wins in one modern era season, with 13 during the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Gordon's 81 pole positions led all active drivers and is third alltime, and also a modern era record; Gordon won at least one pole in 23 consecutive seasons, making this a NASCAR record. Other records include the most restrictor plate track wins with 12 and the most road course wins with 9,^{[4]} and he was the active "iron man" leader for consecutive races participated in with 797 through the 2015 season.^{[5]}
In 1998, NASCAR named Gordon to its 50 Greatest Drivers list. Ten years later in a 2008 article, ESPN's Terry Blount ranked him 10th in the 25 Greatest Drivers of AllTime.^{[6]} Foxsports.com named him as the fifth best NASCAR driver of all time.^{[7]} He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019. As of 2016, Gordon was considered the highestpaid NASCAR driver ever and the 18th highestpaid athlete of alltime with $515 million in career earnings, per Forbes.^{[8]}
Gordon, along with Rick Hendrick, coowns the No.48 Chevrolet previously driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won seven Cup championships from 2006 to 2010, 2013, and in 2016. Gordon also has an equity stake in the No.24 team.^{[9]} Gordon also owned a Busch Series team between 1999 and 2000, Gordon/Evernham Motorsports (coowned with Ray Evernham; later solely owned as JG Motorsports), winning twice.
Gordon is of ScotchIrish descent,^{[10]} and was born in Vallejo, California to parents Carol Ann Bickford (née Houston) and William Grinnell Gordon of Vacaville, California. Gordon's mother and biological father divorced when he was six months old.^{[11]} His stepfather, John Bickford, married his mother in the 1970s.^{[12]} He has a sister, Kim, who is older by four years.^{[13]} His younger cousin, James Bickford, currently competes in the K&N Pro Series West.^{[14]} Gordon attended TriWest Hendricks High School in Lizton, Indiana and was on the school's cross country team;^{[15]} he graduated in 1989.^{[16]}
When he was four years old,^{[17]} Gordon rode a BMX bike that his stepfather bought for him^{[16]} and began racing quarter midgets at the age of five. The Roy Hayer Memorial Race Track (previously the Cracker Jack Track) in Rio Linda, California is noted as the first track Gordon ever competed on. By the age of six Gordon had won 35 main events and set five track records.^{[18]} In 1979 Gordon won 51 quarter midget races. When he was 11, Gordon won all 25 of the karting races he entered.^{[15]} At age 12, Gordon became bored with cars and decided to start a career in waterskiing before switching back to driving one year later.^{[19]} In 1986, Gordon began racing sprint cars, winning three races. The next year, Gordon was awarded a USAC license at age 16, the youngest driver to do so.^{[15]}
During the 1980s,^{[15]} Gordon and his family had to overcome an insurance hurdle. The minimum age for driving the sprint cars was 16, and his persistence paid off with an all Florida speed weeks. Supporting his career choice, Gordon's family moved from Vallejo to Pittsboro, Indiana, where there were more opportunities for younger racers. In the late 80's, he drove in the World of Outlaws series and picked up some feature wins. He became the youngest driver in the World of Outlaws at the time.^{[20]} He also won races at Bloomington and Eldora Speedways.^{[21]} After graduating from high school in 1989, he quickly changed and went to Bloomington to race that night.^{[22]}^{[16]} Before the age of 18, Gordon had already won three shorttrack 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 500.^{[23]} During the decade, Gordon also ran sprint cars in Australia and New Zealand.^{[15]} In 1990, Gordon won his second consecutive Night Before the 500, the Hut Hundred, and the Belleville Midget Nationals on his way to winning the USAC national Midget title.^{[23]} In 1991, Gordon captured the USAC Silver Crown, and at the age of 20 became the youngest driver to win the season championship.^{[23]} He also won the 4 Crown Nationals midget car race that season.^{[23]} In his midget car career between 1989 and 1992, he finished in the Top 3 in 22 of 40 USAC midget car events.^{[23]} In 1992, Gordon competed in the Slim Jim All Pro Series' Winchester 400, but finished 24th after crashing on lap 172.^{[24]} The following year, he ran a Featherlite Southwest Tour race at Sears Point Raceway, finishing 29th after suffering an engine failure.^{[25]}
In the early 1990s, Gordon expressed interest in IndyCar racing, but was not able to find a ride due to low funding.^{[19]} However, former Formula One driver Jackie Stewart offered Gordon a test drive in Europe, in what Gordon assumed was Formula Three or Formula 3000; Gordon did not perform the test due to being in contact with NASCAR.^{[26]}
In 1990, Gordon met Hugh Connerty, who owned some Hooters restaurants and was also a partner in Outback Steakhouse. Connerty secured some sponsorship for a car through Outback, and they tested for the last few Busch Grand National races left in 1990. Ray Evernham was called in to work with Gordon in his stock car debut. His first Busch race came on October 20, 1990 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in the ACDelco 200. Gordon drove the No. 67 Outback Steakhouse Pontiac for Connerty. Gordon ran the second fastest lap during qualifying and started on the outside of the front row of the field. Gordon would however, get involved in a wreck on lap 33. He ended up with a 39thplace finish.^{[27]}
In 1991 and 1992, Gordon began racing in the Busch Series fulltime, driving Ford Thunderbirds 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.^{[16]} He was sponsored by Carolina Ford Dealers in 1991 and Baby Ruth in 1992.^{[28]}
In 1999, Gordon along with Cup crew chief Evernham formed Gordon/Evernham Motorsports (GEM) in the Busch Series with Gordon and Rick Hendrick's son Ricky Hendrick as drivers, the Rainbow Warriors as pit crew and Patrick Donahue as crew chief.^{[29]} The coowned team received a full sponsorship from Pepsi and ran six races with Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief. GEM only survived one year as Evernham left Hendrick Motorsports, citing tension between him and the team,^{[30]} ending one of the most dominant driver/crewchief combinations in NASCAR history. Gordon extended his Busch experiment one more year, through 2000 as coowner, with Rick Hendrick buying Evernham's half, and GEM becoming JG Motorsports. In two seasons, Gordon won twice, in 1999 at the Outback Steakhouse 200, the inaugural race^{[31]} at Phoenix,^{[32]} and 2000 at Homestead.^{[33]}
In 1992, Roush Racing owner Jack Roush planned to sign Gordon, but Gordon's stepfather John Bickford had insisted that Roush hire Ray Evernham; due to Roush's policy of hiring his own crew chiefs, Bickford declined.^{[34]} Later in the year, Rick Hendrick watched Gordon race in a Busch Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Gordon joined Hendrick Motorsports two days later.^{[35]} Gordon made his Winston Cup debut in the seasonending race, the Hooters 500 at Atlanta, finishing 31st after a crash.^{[36]}
The following year, Gordon began competing fulltime in the Winston Cup Series, driving the No. 24 car for Hendrick. He was originally supposed to race the No. 46, but complications with licensing related to Days of Thunder forced Gordon to the 24.^{[37]} He opened the season with a win in the Gatorade Twin 125's race,^{[38]} while also recording his firstcareer pole position at the fall Charlotte race,^{[39]} and concluded 1993 with a 14thplace points finish and the Rookie of the Year Award.^{[16]} Gordon's early success in the sport reshaped the paradigm and eventually gave younger drivers an opportunity to compete in NASCAR. However, during the 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. His lastplace finish at the 1993 First Union 400 was a firm example of this theory.^{[40]} Additionally, driver Darrell Waltrip wrote he told Hendrick during the season that Gordon had "hit everything but the pace car that year."^{[41]}
In 1994, Gordon won the Busch Clash exhibition race at Daytona.^{[42]} In May, Gordon won the pole for the CocaCola 600, and won the race after electing to take two tires on a green flag pit stop.^{[43]} Three months later, he scored a hometown victory at the inaugural Brickyard 400, capitalizing on Ernie Irvan's tire going down late in the race.^{[44]}
In 1995, Gordon won his first Winston Cup Series championship. Despite a rough start to the season in the Daytona 500, he won three of the following six races at Rockingham, Atlanta and Bristol, while winning the pole at Rockingham, Richmond, Darlington and North Wilkesboro in that timespan.^{[45]} He won his fifth pole of the season at Charlotte, but after the race, NASCAR officials found unapproved wheel hubs on his car, and fined the team $60,000 while placing Ray Evernham on probation indefinitely.^{[46]} Gordon later won four more poles during the season (Dover, Michigan, Indianapolis, Martinsville) while winning races at Daytona, New Hampshire, Darlington and Dover.^{[45]} The results during the season gave him a 300point lead over Dale Earnhardt^{[16]} en route to the title. The team's consistency was much better as well, having had three DNF's in 1995,^{[45]} compared to 21 in his previous two seasons combined.
Gordon's title defense in 1996 featured ten wins at Richmond, Darlington (sweeping the races), Bristol, Dover (winning both races), Pocono, Talladega, Martinsville, and North Wilkesboro (winning the final official NASCAR race at the track).^{[47]} He finished second to his teammate Terry Labonte for the championship, losing by 37 points.^{[48]}
Gordon won consecutive Winston Cup titles in 1997 and 1998. In 1997, he won his first Daytona 500, becoming the youngest driver at the time to win the race.^{[49]} He won the second race of the season at Rockingham the following week, followed by a third win at Bristol; after a lastlap battle with Rusty Wallace.^{[50]} At Charlotte, Gordon won The Winston in a Jurassic Park scheme; the car was modified by Evernham with assistance from Hendrick chassis engineer Rex Stump, and after the race it was banned following complaints from other team owners.^{[51]} Afterwards, he won the CocaCola 600, and after winning the Southern 500 at Darlington, became the first driver since Bill Elliott in 1985 to win the Winston Million.^{[52]} While Elliott failed to win the Winston Cup in 1985, Gordon claimed his second Winston Cup championship in 1997, completing one of the most impressive singleseason performances in NASCAR history. He finished the season with 10 victories (Daytona, Rockingham, Bristol, Martinsville, Charlotte, Pocono, California, Watkins Glen, Darlington, and New Hampshire). The following year, Gordon won a modernera record 13 races at Charlotte, Sonoma, Pocono, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen, Michigan, New Hampshire, Darlington, Daytona, Rockingham and Atlanta. He clinched his third title with a 364point lead over Mark Martin.^{[53]} Gordon set Winston Cup records during the season, including four consecutive wins and 17 consecutive topfive finishes. He ended the season with seven poles, 25 topfive, and 27 toptens.^{[54]}
Gordon began the 1999 season with his second Daytona 500 win. He then won races at Atlanta, Fontana, Sears Point and Watkins Glen.^{[55]} Before the race at Martinsville, Evernham left Hendrick to form Evernham Motorsports, and he was replaced by team engineer Brian Whitesell.^{[56]} With Whitesell, Gordon won at Martinsville^{[57]} and Lowe's.^{[58]} During the year, Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi contacted Gordon, expressing interest in signing him, while Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to partner with him to form a team.^{[59]} However, Gordon signed a lifetime contract with Hendrick Motorsports starting in 2000, which allowed him to become an equity owner in his No. 24 team.^{[9]}
The 2000 season saw Gordon enter his first campaign with Petty Enterprises' Robbie Loomis as his crew chief. With Loomis, Gordon recorded his first win of the season in the spring Talladega race,^{[60]} giving him his 50th career victory. He also won races at Sears Point^{[61]} and Richmond. Gordon finished the season ninth in points.
The next year, Gordon won six races at Las Vegas, Dover,^{[62]} Michigan (the 100th win for Hendrick Motorsports),^{[63]} Indianapolis,^{[64]}^{[65]} Watkins Glen,^{[66]} and the inaugural race at Kansas. Gordon became the third driver to win four Winston Cup championships in NASCAR history, second only to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt (both winning it seven times),^{[67]} and with a 344point margin ahead of Tony Stewart.^{[59]}
2002 and 2003 featured three wins each for Gordon at Bristol, Darlington and Kansas, and at Martinsville (twice) and Atlanta, respectively. In 2004, the first season under the Nextel Cup Series banner, the team recorded five wins at Talladega, Indianapolis, Fontana, Infineon and Daytona. At one point, he had a 6 race streak of top 5 finishes.^{[68]} Despite the success, the points reset by the newly formed Chase for the Cup erased Gordon's 60point lead over Johnson. As a result, at the end of the season, he finished the season third in the points standings behind champion Kurt Busch by 16 points and Johnson by eight. Had the Chase not existed, and assuming the finishing spots remained the same, Gordon would have won the championship by 47 points.^{[69]}
The 2005 season began with Gordon claiming his third Daytona 500 victory, followed by a win at Martinsville in the Advance Auto Parts 500 and at Talladega.^{[70]} However, inconsistency would plague him throughout the year. Despite having 14 top tens, he failed to finish nine times.^{[71]} A late season charge put him in position to qualify for the Chase, but in the last race before the Chase at Richmond, Gordon made contact with the turn 2 wall and failed to qualify for the Chase.^{[72]} Loomis left the team on September 14,^{[73]} and Steve Letarte, Gordon's car chief, took over for the Chaseopening race at Loudon.^{[74]} Gordon eventually won at Martinsville in the Subway 500. It was Gordon's first time outside the top ten in the point standings since 1993. Gordon also finished the season with a careerlow eight topfive finishes.^{[75]}
Gordon only recorded two wins in 2006 at Infineon and Chicagoland, while also recording only two poles at Dover and Phoenix's second dates.^{[76]} The next year, his performance improved greatly, winning six races and seven poles. Gordon's first win of 2007 was at Phoenix, tying Darrell Waltrip's modernday record of 59 poles,^{[77]} followed by tying Dale Earnhardt for sixth alltime in overall number of Cup wins.^{[78]} At Talladega, he recorded his 77th career Nextel Cup victory, to the dismay of the fans, who began throwing beer cans at Gordon's car.^{[79]} Gordon would win five more times during the season, at Darlington, Pocono, Talladega and Charlotte; Gordon's seven poles occurred at Fontana, Bristol, four consecutive at Texas, Phoenix, Talladega and Richmond, Daytona, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Martinsville.^{[80]} However, Gordon finished the Chase second in the standings to HMS teammate Jimmie Johnson by 77 points. Gordon finished the year with 30 top tens, setting a new modern era Nextel Cup Series record.^{[16]} By August 12, Gordon had finished outside the top 10 in only 3 of 23 races so far.^{[68]} This marked the second time that Gordon lost a championship because of the Chase points system. He ended the regular season 312 points ahead of second place in the standings, but since he had less wins than Jimmie Johnson, he started behind him in the Chase.^{[68]} Had the Chase not existed, Gordon would have won the championship by 353 points.^{[69]}
From 2008 to 2010, Gordon struggled, recording just one win during the three seasons at the Samsung 500, his first win at Texas Motor Speedway.^{[81]} In the threeyear timespan, Gordon recorded six total poles, including four in 2008, and a thirdplace points finish in 2009 behind HMS teammates Mark Martin and champion Johnson.^{[82]} During the 2009 season, Gordon became the first driver in NASCAR history to pass US$100 million in career winnings.^{[83]}
Martin's crew chief Alan Gustafson joined Gordon in 2011 after Steve Letarte was reassigned to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team.^{[84]} In the second race of the year at Phoenix, Gordon won for the first time in 66 races;^{[85]} At the Aaron's 499, Gordon broke the tie for the thirdmost poles with Cale Yarborough.^{[86]} At Pocono, he tied Bill Elliott for the most wins at the track with five,^{[87]} and at Atlanta, he defeated Johnson to claim his 85th career win, thirdmost of all time behind Richard Petty and David Pearson.^{[88]} Gordon became the winningest driver in the modern era of the sport, passing Darrell Waltrip.^{[89]}
Gordon struggled during the early portion of the 2012 season, despite a pole at Talladega, failing to reach the top ten in points.^{[90]} At Pocono, Gordon took advantage of teammate Jimmie Johnson's rightrear tire failure on a late restart just immediately before an expected large thunderstorm rained onto the track, thus giving him his 86th Cup victory and sixth at the track, surpassing Elliott for the most wins at the track.^{[91]} At Richmond, despite troubles early in the race that mired him a lap down, Gordon rallied to finish second to Clint Bowyer, and made his eighth Chase for the Sprint Cup.^{[92]} At the November Phoenix race, Gordon was running near the front until Bowyer again made contact and forced him into the wall. Gordon then cut a tire when trying to retaliate and was penalized with a blackflag for both his attempt at retaliation and failing to come down pit road to fix his tire. In reply to the blackflag Gordon retaliated by intentionally wrecking Bowyer, collecting Joey Logano and Aric Almirola in the process, thus ending Bowyer's hopes to win the Cup title. The two crews began brawling while a furious Bowyer climbed out of his car. Bowyer frantically sprinted to Gordon's hauler, but he was restrained by officials just in front of Gordon.^{[93]} Gordon was fined $100,000, docked 25 points, and placed on probation until December 31.^{[94]}^{[95]} He recovered from his penalty by winning the season finale, the Ford EcoBoost 400, the next week for the 87th Sprint Cup victory of his career.^{[96]}
In 2013, Gordon made his 700th consecutive Cup start in the Bojangles' Southern 500; Gordon finished 3rd, marking his 300th career top5 finish.^{[97]} At Dover, Gordon finished 3rd, tying David Pearson for third alltime in topfive finishes with 301.^{[98]} In qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400, Gordon set a track record with a lap speed of 130.599 mph (210.179 km/h)^{[99]} and a time of 20.674 seconds for his first pole of 2013 and fifth at Richmond, breaking the tie with Mark Martin for most poles at the track among active drivers.^{[100]} Gordon's winning a pole in 21 consecutive seasons set a NASCAR record.^{[99]}^{[101]} However, despite finishing 8th, Gordon was winless and was knocked out of the Chase initially by finishing one point behind Joey Logano.^{[102]} On September 13, it was announced that Gordon would be added into the Chase after it was found that Logano's team had collaborated with David Gilliland's Front Row Motorsports team for Gilliland to give up a spot to Logano so that Logano could secure his tenthplace position over Gordon.^{[103]} At the Martinsville race, Gordon won his first race of 2013 and first at Martinsville since 2005.^{[104]}
In 2014, Gordon recorded four wins, starting at the May Kansas race;^{[105]} 2007 was the last time he had won at least four times in a season. Entering the Brickyard 400, the twentyyear anniversary of his first career win in the 1994 race, the day was declared "Jeff Gordon Day" by Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard.^{[106]} Gordon passed teammate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps to go to win, breaking a tie with teammate Jimmie Johnson for most wins in the event, and tied with former Formula One driver Michael Schumacher for the most wins at Indianapolis.^{[107]} Gordon also won at Michigan^{[108]} and Dover, his first wins at the tracks since 2001.^{[109]} At Texas, Gordon and Keselowski were racing for the win when Keselowski tried to shoot between Johnson and Gordon, which cut Gordon's left rear tire and spun him out. Gordon fell to 29th, while Keselowski would finish third.^{[110]} Following the race, Gordon confronted Keselowski in pit road over the incident with both drivers being surrounded by their pit crews.^{[111]} However, it escalated into a brawl due to Keselowski being shoved from behind by Harvick, who had also battled with Keselowski in the final laps. Later, Gordon would admit that his anger was fueled by disappointment in the chances of another possible championship slipping away.^{[112]} Despite the four wins, Gordon was unable to compete for the championship after being eliminated from Chase contention in the penultimate race at Phoenix, falling behind by 1 point. Gordon won the pole for the final race at Homestead, and led a racehigh 161 laps, but the decision to pit with 13 laps to go relegated him to 24th, and he finished 10th. The finish marked his 454th topten, surpassing Mark Martin for second in alltime top tens, behind Richard Petty's 712.^{[113]} It is often discussed inside the NASCAR community that had the Chase system not been in place, Gordon would have clinched his seventh championship in 2014 under the original Winston Cup points system.^{[68]}
On January 22, 2015, Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last season as a fulltime driver, but did not rule out retirement entirely.^{[114]} He started the season by winning the pole for his final Daytona 500,^{[115]} but crashed on the final lap, finishing 33rd.^{[116]} Gordon won two additional poles by sweeping the Talladega races.^{[117]} In November, Gordon claimed his first win of 2015, winning his ninth career Martinsville race in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, advancing him to the Championship Four at Homestead. This would be his only win of 2015, and his 93rd and final win of his NASCAR career.^{[118]} In his final race as a fulltime competitor at the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400, Gordon finished 6th, falling just short of his quest for the fifth championship of his career.^{[119]}
Gordon returned to the Cup Series in 2016 at the Brickyard 400, driving the No. 88 as a substitute for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.^{[120]} He also ran at Pocono,^{[121]}^{[120]} Watkins Glen,^{[122]} and Bristol.^{[123]} On September 2, it was announced that Earnhardt would be out for the remainder of the season and Gordon would fill in at the Darlington,^{[124]} Richmond, Dover, and Martinsville races.^{[125]} He recorded his best finish of the season at Martinsville, one year after scoring his final win at the same race, with a sixthplace run, his final race in NASCAR.^{[126]}
Gordon has participated in the Race of Champions three times, including a Nations Cupwinning drive with Team USA's Jimmie Johnson and Colin Edwards at the 2002 event in Gran Canaria.^{[127]} Prior to the ROC, Gordon competed in an ROC America event, losing to Kenny Bräck after crashing. Afterwards, Gordon defeated Johnson by one sixteenhundredth of a second. Later in the day, Gordon rode with rally driver Marcus Grönholm around the course, both eventually flipping. In the ROC's first round, Gordon (2:03.03) lost to 2002 CART champion Cristiano da Matta, but in round two, Gordon (1:53.47) defeated Formula One's Fernando Alonso. In the semifinals, Gordon (1:53.20) won against CART driver Sébastien Bourdais, and in the finals, Gordon (1:53.87) triumphed against European Touring Car Championship driver Fabrizio Giovanardi.^{[128]} He was slated to run it again in 2004 against seventime F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher^{[129]} but was sidelined by the flu, and Casey Mears took his place.^{[130]} In 2005, Gordon competed in the Race of Champions event again, this time held in Paris, France, where he was partnered with motocross racer/X Games winner Travis Pastrana.^{[131]}
In 2007, Gordon competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the first time. He raced the No. 10 SunTrust PontiacRiley for Wayne Taylor Racing.^{[132]} His teammates consisted of Max Angelelli, Jan Magnussen, and Wayne Taylor. His team finished third, two laps behind the winning team of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, and Salvador Durán.^{[133]} Gordon made his return to the Rolex 24 in 2017, partnering with Wayne Taylor Racing once again. He drove the No. 10 Cadillac alongside Angelelli, Jordan and Ricky Taylor for the event.^{[134]} Early in the race, Gordon made contact with Tom Long, spinning Long's No. 70 out.^{[135]} Despite the incident, the No. 10 team was able to hold off Filipe Albuquerque's No. 5 car to win the overall class, making Gordon the fourth driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24.^{[136]} Gordon drove the car for a total of 2 hours and 34 minutes.^{[137]}
Gordon ran in the International Race of Champions from 1995 to 2000. Gordon won one race at Daytona International Speedway in 1998. In the race, Gordon led only two laps, but was the race leader by lap 30.^{[138]} Despite being invited for the 2002 season, Gordon declined due to time constraints.^{[139]}
In 1997, Gordon was offered a ride by CART team owner Barry Green with Team Green as a stepping stone to F1's British American Racing. However, Gordon declined, stating that there are "just too many steps" to reach F1.^{[140]} On June 11, 2003, Gordon went to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take part in a test with thenWilliamsF1 driver Montoya. The two switched rides, with Gordon driving Montoya's Williams FW24,^{[141]} marking the first time he had driven an F1 car.^{[142]} On Gordon's first lap, he went offcourse, and recorded a time of 1:17; in comparison, the 2002 United States Grand Prix's pole time was 1:10, while the slowest was 1:13. On his second run, Gordon began with a standing start, and on his next lap recorded 1:16.5.^{[141]} Montoya would eventually join NASCAR in 2007.^{[143]}
Gordon has also participated in the Prelude to the Dream charity dirt track race at Eldora Speedway in 2007, 2008, and 2010. Gordon had been intending to run the 2009 race, but did not due to scheduling conflicts.^{[144]} Gordon finished third in the 2007 race,^{[145]} 14th in 2008^{[146]} and 22nd in 2010,^{[147]} the latter being run with Team Riley Hospital for Children.^{[144]}
When Gordon made the decision to step back from fulltime driving at the conclusion of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season, he reportedly put out feelers to television networks about the possibility of joining the broadcast booth.^{[148]} On January 25, 2015, USA Today writer Jeff Gluck reported that Gordon was hired by Fox Sports to work as a guest analyst for NASCAR on Fox broadcasts of Xfinity Series events alongside fulltime announcers Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip;^{[149]} the news was officially announced by Fox Sports the following day.^{[150]} On February 3, Gordon made a guest appearance on the Fox News Channel morning show Fox & Friends, where he stated his plans to call three races for Fox Sports.^{[151]}^{[152]}
On April 10, 2015, Gordon made his broadcasting debut on Fox Sports 1 during the network's coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.^{[153]} Gordon returned to the broadcast booth for the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 18,^{[154]} and the WinnDixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2.^{[155]} Gordon was one of five active NASCAR drivers to serve as a guest analyst for Fox Sports during the 2015 Xfinity Series season; the other four were Kevin Harvick,^{[156]} Brad Keselowski,^{[157]} Clint Bowyer,^{[158]} and Danica Patrick.^{[159]}
On May 21, 2015, Gordon announced on NASCAR Race Hub that he would join Fox Sports as a fulltime analyst for Cup Series events, beginning with the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.^{[160]}^{[161]} Gordon was paired with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the broadcast booth, replacing Larry McReynolds,^{[162]} who moved to the Hollywood Hotel.^{[163]}
On November 6, 2015, Gordon joined Joy and Waltrip in the booth for the first time at a dress rehearsal during the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.^{[164]} The rehearsal was not shown during the Camping World Truck Series broadcast.^{[165]} Following his final scheduled race as a driver on November 22, Gordon quickly began the transition into his fulltime role at Fox Sports.^{[166]}^{[167]}^{[168]}
Gordon made his debut as a Cup Series analyst as part of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in February 2016.^{[169]}^{[170]}^{[171]}^{[172]} To promote his first Daytona 500 as a broadcaster, he starred in the "Jeff Gordon Police Chase" advertisement, as part of the #DaytonaDay campaign.^{[173]} On the eve of the 58th Daytona 500, Fox aired Jeff Gordon's Daytona 500 Kickoff Celebration, a television special he hosted.^{[174]}
Early in his career, Gordon stated that he was a born again Christian.^{[17]} He talked about how in the early1990s he became curious about Christianity and followed some drivers to the weekly chapel one week, which is how he first started to learn more about God.^{[175]}^{[176]}^{[177]} During this time, Gordon kept verses of the Bible taped to his steering wheel.^{[178]}^{[179]} By 2004, Gordon stated he had "a difficult time focusing on one particular faith."^{[15]} When asked again about his faith in a 2015 Sports Illustrated magazine interview, Gordon stated: "I wasn't brought up [with religion]. It was something I got introduced to when I came into the Cup Series. I explored it and learned a lot from that experience. I feel it's helped make me a better person, but I choose to do it more privately now."^{[180]}
Gordon met Brooke Sealey, a Miss Winston Cup model, in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway after he won the first of two qualifying races for the 1993 Daytona 500.^{[181]} The pair began dating in secret due to an unwritten rule prohibiting drivers from dating the models.^{[181]} Sealey's role as Miss Winston concluded following the 1993 season, and the couple publicly revealed their relationship after the NASCAR awards banquet in December.^{[181]} Prior to the 1994 Daytona 500, a year to the day from their encounter in victory lane, Gordon reserved a banquet hall at a French restaurant in Daytona Beach, where Gordon proposed to Sealey.^{[181]} The couple were married on November 26, 1994.^{[182]} They owned a home on Lake Norman in North Carolina,^{[181]} but evacuated permanently due to fan intrusions.^{[183]} The couple then moved to Highland Beach, Florida.^{[184]} In March 2002, Sealey sued for divorce after alleging Gordon of marital misconduct, and Gordon eventually countersued.^{[185]} Gordon's wife, who also went by the name Jennifer Brooke Gordon, cited her husband's relationship with professional model Deanna Merryman in her divorce papers with the racecar driver.^{[186]}^{[187]} 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."^{[188]} Though Gordon stated that Sealey did not deserve such a high amount of rewards, as he "risked life and limb" to gain the wealth, Sealey stated that "NASCAR is a relatively safe occupation." Sealey subsequently was awarded $15.3 million.^{[189]} The divorce was finalized on June 13, 2003.^{[190]} During the year, Gordon was seen with model Amanda Church on a beach in St. Bart's,^{[191]} and later moved in with her in New York City.^{[15]}
Gordon was introduced to Ingrid Vandebosch during a dinner party at The Hamptons by a mutual friend in 2002,^{[11]} but they did not begin dating until 2004.^{[192]} Gordon announced their engagement on June 24, 2006, at a croquet event at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, California. According to Gordon, they had kept the engagement secret for the following 30 days.^{[193]} Gordon and Vandebosch were married in a small, private ceremony in Mexico on November 7, 2006. On June 20, 2007, Vandebosch gave birth to their first child, Ella Sofia Gordon in New York City.^{[194]}^{[195]} Gordon had Scott Pruett assigned as a standby driver for Watkins Glen because his wife was due to give birth the weekend of August 8, 2010.^{[196]} On the morning of August 9, 2010, Vandebosch delivered their son Leo Benjamin Gordon.^{[197]} The family resides in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina.^{[11]}
In 1999, Gordon established the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation to help support children facing lifethreatening and chronic illnesses. On December 16, 2006, Gordon opened the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital at the NorthEast Medical Center.^{[198]} In 2007, Gordon, along with Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie JoynerKersee, 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 nonathletes to volunteer and support the community.^{[199]}
AARP became Gordon's sponsor in 2011 through the Drive to End Hunger program, which donates meals to hunger relief organizations near NASCAR tracks,^{[200]} along with reducing hunger among senior citizens. Gordon is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, which helps global leaders find solutions to ending the world's pressing problems.^{[201]}
Prior to his sponsorship with Pepsi, Gordon had been sponsored by CocaCola,^{[202]} but eventually chose Pepsi due to more visibility, along with CocaCola wanting Gordon to be a regional sponsor in the southeastern United States.^{[203]} Gordon has also been sponsored by Kellogg Company, FritoLay,^{[202]} Edy's, and RayBan.^{[15]} Since 2012, Gordon has been sponsored by DVX Sun and Safety Sunglass, which are constructed with elastomer from DuPont.^{[204]}
Gordon owns JG Motorsports to manage licensing, and the company received up to 20 percent of Gordonlicensed products. Such items produced $112 million in 1998.^{[15]} Gordon owns a dealership, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, located in Wilmington, North Carolina, and was opened in 1998. With Dale Earnhardt, Gordon owned Performance Partners, Inc., a real estate company, along with Chase Racewear, a casual clothing line; the two were also major shareholders in Action Performance Companies, Inc. (now Lionel Racing),^{[205]} the official diecast creator of NASCAR.^{[203]} In May 2005, Gordon announced a partnership with Bob Lutz to form the Jeff Gordon Racing School, a stock car racing experience for fans which began its operations at Lowe's Motor Speedway in August that year.^{[206]}^{[207]}^{[208]} In 2009, Lutz rebranded the school as NASCAR Racing Experience.^{[209]} In 2007, PepsiCo introduced Jeff Gordon 24 Energy, an orange tangerineflavored energy drink, which has since been discontinued.^{[210]}^{[211]}
In October 2005, Gordon started a line of wine with Briggs & Sons Winemaking, Co., debuting with a 2004 Carneros Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in January 2007.^{[212]}^{[213]} Eventually, the 2007 Ella Sofia Napa Valley Joie de Vivre won double gold medals at the 2011 Indy International Wine Competition.^{[214]}
In 2012, Gordon became the designer of the Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie, Ontario, which will be the largest track in Canada.^{[215]} Gordon's stepfather, John Bickford, serves as the general manager of the project.^{[216]}
On February 12, 2015, Gordon was hired by sponsor Axalta Coating Systems as global business advisor, working in the automotive refinishing, OEM, commercial vehicle and industrial business departments.^{[217]}
In 2016, Gordon signed with Creative Artists Agency as their client.^{[218]} He was previously represented by Just Marketing International,^{[219]}^{[220]} International Management Group,^{[221]} and William Morris Agency.^{[222]}
With 93 career pointspaying victories, Gordon is ranked third among the alltime NASCAR Cup Series winners; he is ranked first when considering only wins achieved during the sport's modern era (1972present).
Gordon holds the records for the most Cup Series victories on restrictor plate tracks (12) and road courses (9), as well as a record sixconsecutive roadcourse wins.^{[275]}
Gordon is the alltime winningest Cup Series driver at the following tracks:
In 2009, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to reach US$100 million in career winnings.^{[276]}
In 2014, Gordon joined former F1 driver Michael Schumacher as the only two racers to earn five victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a single racing series.^{[107]}
In 2017, Gordon became the fourth driver to earn victories in the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona; the first three drivers were Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, and Jamie McMurray.^{[277]}
Since making his Cup Series debut in the Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on November 15, 1992, Gordon never missed a race spanning over 24 consecutive seasons. With 797 starts as of the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400, Gordon is ninth among alltime Cup Series drivers with the most starts overall.^{[5]}
In 2007, Gordon asked parttime driver Mark Martin if he could be on standby for him to take over the No. 24 car, should he have needed to miss a race to witness the birth of his first child. Daughter Ella Sofia Gordon was born on Wednesday, June 20 in New York City; Gordon traveled to Sonoma, California later that week to compete in the Toyota Save/Mart 350 on June 24. In 2010, Gordon similarly asked road course ringer Scott Pruett to be on standby for him at Watkins Glen due to the impending birth of his second child.^{[196]} Although Gordon let Pruett run a couple of practice laps in Gordon's car, Gordon was able to start and complete the race without Pruett's assistance. Son Leo Benjamin Gordon was born less than a day after the race's conclusion. In 2014, Gordon had Regan Smith on standby for the CocaCola 600, as Gordon suffered from back spasms during qualifying and practice. Gordon was able to start and complete the race as scheduled.^{[278]}
On September 27, 2015, at New Hampshire, Gordon started his 789th consecutive race, becoming NASCAR's iron man, passing Ricky Rudd, who started 788 consecutive races from 19812005.^{[279]} Gordon ended his career with 797 races consecutively started.^{[5]}
Season  Series  Team  Races  Wins  Top 5s  Top 10s  Poles  Points  Position 

1990  NASCAR Busch Series  Hugh Connerty Racing  1  0  0  0  0  0  115th 
1991  NASCAR Busch Series  Bill Davis Racing  30  0  5  10  1  3582  11th 
1992  NASCAR Busch Series  Bill Davis Racing  31  3  10  15  11  4053  4th 
NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  1  0  0  0  0  70  79th  
1993  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  30  0  7  11  1  3447  14th 
1994  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  31  2  7  14  1  3776  8th 
1995  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  31  7  17  23  9  4614  1st 
International Race of Champions  NASCAR  4  0  3  3  0  51  4th  
1996  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  31  10  21  24  5  4620  2nd 
International Race of Champions  NASCAR  4  0  1  3  0  30  10th  
1997  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  32  10  22  23  1  4710  1st 
International Race of Champions  NASCAR  4  0  2  4  0  39  6th  
1998  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  33  13  26  28  7  5328  1st 
International Race of Champions  NASCAR  4  1  2  4  0  51  3rd  
1999  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  34  7  18  21  7  4620  6th 
NASCAR Busch Series  Gordon/Evernham Motorsports  6  1  4  4  0  878  51st  
International Race of Champions  NASCAR  4  0  2  4  0  49  5th  
2000  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  34  3  11  22  3  4361  9th 
NASCAR Busch Series  JG Motorsports  5  1  2  3  0  637  57th  
International Race of Champions  NASCAR  4  0  2  4  0  37  6th  
2001  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  6  18  24  6  5112  1st 
2002  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  3  13  20  3  4607  4th 
2003  NASCAR Winston Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  3  15  20  4  4785  4th 
2004  NASCAR Nextel Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  5  16  25  6  6490  3rd 
2005  NASCAR Nextel Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  4  8  14  2  4174  11th 
2006  NASCAR Nextel Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  2  14  18  2  6256  6th 
2007  NASCAR Nextel Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  6  21  30  7  6646  2nd 
Rolex Sports Car Series  SunTrust Racing  1  0  1  1  0  30  61st  
2008  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  0  13  19  4  6316  7th 
2009  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  1  16  25  1  6473  3rd 
2010  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  0  11  17  1  6176  9th 
2011  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  3  13  18  1  2287  8th 
2012  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  2  11  18  2  2303  10th 
2013  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  1  8  17  2  2337  6th 
2014  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  4  14  23  3  2348  6th 
2015  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  36  1  5  21  4  5038  3rd 
2016  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  Hendrick Motorsports  8  0  0  2  0  218  38th 
2017  WeatherTech SportsCar Championship  Wayne Taylor Racing  1  1  1  1  0  35  28th 
NASCAR Cup Series  805  93  325  477  81  
NASCAR Busch Series  73  5  21  32  12  
International Race of Champions  24  1  12  22  0  
International Motor Sports Association  2  1  2  2  0 
(key) (Bold  Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics  Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. *  Most laps led.)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results  

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  33  34  35  36  NSCC  Pts  Ref  
1992  Hendrick Motorsports  24  Chevy  DAY  CAR  RCH  ATL  DAR  BRI  NWS  MAR  TAL  CLT  DOV  SON  POC  MCH  DAY  POC  TAL  GLN  MCH  BRI  DAR  RCH  DOV  MAR  NWS  CLT  CAR  PHO  ATL 31 
79th  70  ^{[280]}  
1993  DAY 5 
CAR 34 
RCH 6 
ATL 4 
DAR 24 
BRI 17 
NWS 34 
MAR 8 
TAL 11 
SON 11 
CLT 2 
DOV 18 
POC 28 
MCH 2 
DAY 5 
NHA 7 
POC 37 
TAL 31 
GLN 31 
MCH 3 
BRI 20 
DAR 22 
RCH 10 
DOV 24 
MAR 11 
NWS 34 
CLT 5 
CAR 21 
PHO 35 
ATL 31 
14th  3447  ^{[281]}  
1994  DAY 4 
CAR 32 
RCH 3 
ATL 8 
DAR 31 
BRI 22 
NWS 15 
MAR 33 
TAL 24 
SON 37 
CLT 1 
DOV 5 
POC 6 
MCH 12 
DAY 8 
NHA 39 
POC 8 
TAL 31 
IND 1* 
GLN 9 
MCH 15 
BRI 32 
DAR 6 
RCH 2 
DOV 11 
MAR 11 
NWS 8 
CLT 28 
CAR 29 
PHO 4 
ATL 15 
8th  3776  ^{[282]}  
1995  DAY 22 
CAR 1* 
RCH 36 
ATL 1* 
DAR 32* 
BRI 1* 
NWS 2 
MAR 3 
TAL 2 
SON 3 
CLT 33 
DOV 6 
POC 16* 
MCH 2* 
DAY 1* 
NHA 1* 
POC 2 
TAL 8* 
IND 6 
GLN 3 
MCH 3* 
BRI 6 
DAR 1 
RCH 6 
DOV 1* 
MAR 7 
NWS 3 
CLT 30 
CAR 20 
PHO 5 
ATL 32 
1st  4614  ^{[45]}  
1996  DAY 42 
CAR 40 
RCH 1 
ATL 3 
DAR 1* 
BRI 1* 
NWS 2 
MAR 3* 
TAL 33 
SON 6 
CLT 4 
DOV 1* 
POC 1* 
MCH 6 
DAY 3 
NHA 34* 
POC 7 
TAL 1 
IND 37 
GLN 4 
MCH 5 
BRI 2 
DAR 1 
RCH 2* 
DOV 1* 
MAR 1 
NWS 1* 
CLT 31 
CAR 12 
PHO 5 
ATL 3 
2nd  4620  ^{[283]}  
1997  DAY 1 
CAR 1 
RCH 4 
ATL 42 
DAR 3 
TEX 30 
BRI 1 
MAR 1* 
SON 2 
TAL 5 
CLT 1 
DOV 26 
POC 1 
MCH 5 
CAL 1* 
DAY 21 
NHA 23 
POC 2 
IND 4 
GLN 1* 
MCH 2 
BRI 35 
DAR 1 
RCH 3 
NHA 1* 
DOV 7 
MAR 4 
CLT 5 
TAL 35 
CAR 4 
PHO 17 
ATL 17 
1st  4710  ^{[284]}  
1998  DAY 16 
CAR 1 
LVS 17 
ATL 19 
DAR 2 
BRI 1 
TEX 31 
MAR 8 
TAL 5 
CAL 4 
CLT 1 
DOV 3* 
RCH 37 
MCH 3* 
POC 2 
SON 1* 
NHA 3 
POC 1* 
IND 1* 
GLN 1* 
MCH 1 
BRI 5 
NHA 1 
DAR 1 
RCH 2 
DOV 2 
MAR 2 
CLT 5 
TAL 2 
DAY 1* 
PHO 7 
CAR 1 
ATL 1* 
1st  5328  ^{[285]}  
1999  DAY 1 
CAR 39 
LVS 3 
ATL 1* 
DAR 3 
TEX 43 
BRI 6 
MAR 3 
TAL 38 
CAL 1* 
RCH 31 
CLT 39 
DOV 2 
MCH 2 
POC 2 
SON 1* 
DAY 21 
NHA 3 
POC 32 
IND 3 
GLN 1* 
MCH 2* 
BRI 4 
DAR 13 
RCH 40 
NHA 5 
DOV 17 
MAR 1 
CLT 1 
TAL 12* 
CAR 11 
PHO 10 
HOM 10 
ATL 38 
6th  4620  ^{[55]}  
2000  DAY 34 
CAR 10 
LVS 28 
ATL 9 
DAR 8 
BRI 8* 
TEX 25 
MAR 4 
TAL 1 
CAL 11 
RCH 14 
CLT 10 
DOV 32 
MCH 14 
POC 8 
SON 1* 
DAY 10 
NHA 5 
POC 3 
IND 33 
GLN 23 
MCH 36 
BRI 23 
DAR 4 
RCH 1 
NHA 6 
DOV 9 
MAR 5 
CLT 39 
TAL 4 
CAR 2 
PHO 7 
HOM 7 
ATL 4 
9th  4361  ^{[286]}  
2001  DAY 30 
CAR 3* 
LVS 1 
ATL 2* 
DAR 40 
BRI 4 
TEX 5 
MAR 12 
TAL 27 
CAL 2 
RCH 2 
CLT 29 
DOV 1* 
MCH 1* 
POC 2* 
SON 3* 
DAY 37 
CHI 17 
NHA 2* 
POC 8* 
IND 1 
GLN 1 
MCH 7 
BRI 3* 
DAR 2* 
RCH 36 
DOV 4 
KAN 1 
CLT 16 
MAR 9 
TAL 7 
PHO 6 
CAR 25 
HOM 28 
ATL 6 
NHA 15* 
1st  5112  ^{[287]}  
2002  DAY 9 
CAR 7 
LVS 17 
ATL 16 
DAR 9* 
BRI 31 
TEX 2 
MAR 23 
TAL 4 
CAL 16 
RCH 7 
CLT 5 
DOV 6 
POC 5 
MCH 5 
SON 37* 
DAY 22 
CHI 2 
NHA 29 
POC 12 
IND 6 
GLN 22 
MCH 19 
BRI 1* 
DAR 1* 
RCH 40 
NHA 14 
DOV 37 
KAN 1* 
TAL 42 
CLT 4 
MAR 36 
ATL 6 
CAR 5 
PHO 3 
HOM 5 
4th  4607  ^{[288]}  
2003  DAY 12 
CAR 15 
LVS 37 
ATL 2 
DAR 33 
BRI 9* 
TEX 3 
TAL 8 
MAR 1 
CAL 11 
RCH 16 
CLT 8 
DOV 2 
POC 13 
MCH 3 
SON 2 
DAY 14 
CHI 4 
NHA 24* 
POC 36 
IND 4 
GLN 33 
MCH 30 
BRI 28* 
DAR 32 
RCH 10* 
NHA 19 
DOV 5 
TAL 5* 
KAN 5 
CLT 5 
MAR 1* 
ATL 1 
PHO 7 
CAR 22 
HOM 5 
4th  4785  ^{[289]}  
2004  DAY 8 
CAR 10 
LVS 15 
ATL 10 
DAR 41 
BRI 9 
TEX 3 
MAR 6* 
TAL 1 
CAL 1* 
RCH 6 
CLT 30 
DOV 36 
POC 4 
MCH 38* 
SON 1* 
DAY 1* 
CHI 4 
NHA 2 
POC 5 
IND 1* 
GLN 21 
MCH 7 
BRI 14 
CAL 37 
RCH 3 
NHA 7 
DOV 3 
TAL 19 
KAN 13 
CLT 2 
MAR 9 
ATL 34 
PHO 3 
DAR 3* 
HOM 3 
3rd  6490  ^{[290]}  
2005  DAY 1 
CAL 30 
LVS 4 
ATL 39 
BRI 15 
MAR 1 
TEX 15 
PHO 12 
TAL 1* 
DAR 2 
RCH 39 
CLT 30 
DOV 39 
POC 9 
MCH 32 
SON 33 
DAY 7 
CHI 33 
NHA 25 
POC 13 
IND 8 
GLN 14 
MCH 15 
BRI 6 
CAL 21 
RCH 30 
NHA 14 
DOV 37 
TAL 37 
KAN 10 
CLT 38 
MAR 1 
ATL 2 
TEX 14 
PHO 3 
HOM 9 
11th  4174  ^{[71]}  
2006  DAY 26 
CAL 13 
LVS 5 
ATL 4 
BRI 21 
MAR 2 
TEX 22 
PHO 10 
TAL 15* 
RCH 40 
DAR 2 
CLT 36 
DOV 12 
POC 34 
MCH 8* 
SON 1* 
DAY 40 
CHI 1 
NHA 15 
POC 3 
IND 16 
GLN 13 
MCH 2 
BRI 5 
CAL 5 
RCH 31 
NHA 3 
DOV 3 
KAN 39 
TAL 36 
CLT 24 
MAR 5 
ATL 6 
TEX 9 
PHO 4 
HOM 24 
6th  6256  ^{[76]}  
2007  DAY 10 
CAL 2 
LVS 2* 
ATL 12 
BRI 3 
MAR 2 
TEX 4* 
PHO 1 
TAL 1* 
RCH 4* 
DAR 1 
CLT 41 
DOV 9 
POC 1 
MCH 9 
SON 7 
NHA 2 
DAY 5 
CHI 9 
IND 3 
POC 4 
GLN 9* 
MCH 27 
BRI 19 
CAL 22 
RCH 4* 
NHA 2 
DOV 11 
KAN 5 
TAL 1 
CLT 1 
MAR 3* 
ATL 7 
TEX 7 
PHO 10 
HOM 4 
2nd  6646  ^{[80]}  
2008  DAY 39 
CAL 3 
LVS 35 
ATL 5 
BRI 11 
MAR 2 
TEX 43 
PHO 13 
TAL 19 
RCH 9 
DAR 3 
CLT 4 
DOV 5 
POC 14 
MCH 18 
SON 3 
NHA 11 
DAY 30 
CHI 11 
IND 5 
POC 10 
GLN 29 
MCH 42 
BRI 5 
CAL 15 
RCH 8 
NHA 14 
DOV 7 
KAN 4 
TAL 38 
CLT 8 
MAR 4 
ATL 9 
TEX 2 
PHO 41 
HOM 4 
7th  6316  ^{[291]}  
2009  DAY 13 
CAL 2 
LVS 6 
ATL 2 
BRI 4 
MAR 4 
TEX 1* 
PHO 25 
TAL 37 
RCH 8 
DAR 5 
CLT 14 
DOV 26 
POC 4 
MCH 2 
SON 9 
NHA 2 
DAY 28 
CHI 2 
IND 9 
POC 8 
GLN 37 
MCH 2 
BRI 23 
ATL 8 
RCH 3 
NHA 15 
DOV 6 
KAN 2 
CAL 2 
CLT 4 
MAR 5 
TAL 20 
TEX 13 
PHO 9 
HOM 6 
3rd  6473  ^{[292]}  
2010  DAY 26 
CAL 20 
LVS 3* 
ATL 18 
BRI 14 
MAR 3 
PHO 2 
TEX 31 
TAL 22 
RCH 2 
DAR 4* 
DOV 11 
CLT 6 
POC 32 
MCH 4 
SON 5 
NHA 4 
DAY 3 
CHI 3 
IND 23 
POC 6 
GLN 10 
MCH 27 
BRI 11 
ATL 13 
RCH 12 
NHA 6 
DOV 11 
KAN 5 
CAL 9 
CLT 23 
MAR 20 
TAL 8 
TEX 37 
PHO 11 
HOM 37 
9th  6176  ^{[293]}  
2011  DAY 28 
PHO 1* 
LVS 36 
BRI 14 
CAL 18 
MAR 5 
TEX 23 
TAL 3 
RCH 39 
DAR 12 
DOV 17 
CLT 20 
KAN 4 
POC 1 
MCH 17 
SON 2 
DAY 6 
KEN 10 
NHA 11 
IND 2 
POC 6 
GLN 13 
MCH 6 
BRI 3* 
ATL 1* 
RCH 3 
CHI 24 
NHA 4* 
DOV 12 
KAN 34 
CLT 21 
TAL 27 
MAR 3 
TEX 6 
PHO 32 
HOM 5 
8th  2287  ^{[294]}  
2012  DAY 40 
PHO 8 
LVS 12 
BRI 35 
CAL 26 
MAR 14* 
TEX 4 
KAN 21 
RCH 23 
TAL 33 
DAR 35 
CLT 7 
DOV 13 
POC 19 
MCH 6 
SON 6 
KEN 5 
DAY 12 
NHA 6 
IND 5 
POC 1 
GLN 21 
MCH 28 
BRI 3 
ATL 2 
RCH 2 
CHI 35 
NHA 3 
DOV 2 
TAL 2 
CLT 18 
KAN 10 
MAR 7 
TEX 14 
PHO 30 
HOM 1 
10th  2303  ^{[90]}  
2013  DAY 20 
PHO 9 
LVS 25 
BRI 34 
CAL 11 
MAR 3 
TEX 38 
KAN 13 
RCH 11 
TAL 11 
DAR 3 
CLT 35 
DOV 3 
POC 12 
MCH 39 
SON 2 
KEN 8 
DAY 34 
NHA 10 
IND 7 
POC 2 
GLN 36 
MCH 17 
BRI 7 
ATL 6 
RCH 8 
CHI 6 
NHA 15 
DOV 4 
KAN 3 
CLT 7 
TAL 14 
MAR 1 
TEX 38 
PHO 14 
HOM 11 
6th  2337  ^{[295]}  
2014  DAY 4 
PHO 5 
LVS 9 
BRI 7 
CAL 13 
MAR 12 
TEX 2 
DAR 7 
RCH 2* 
TAL 39 
KAN 1 
CLT 7 
DOV 15 
POC 8 
MCH 6 
SON 2 
KEN 6 
DAY 12 
NHA 26 
IND 1 
POC 6* 
GLN 34* 
MCH 1 
BRI 16 
ATL 17 
RCH 2 
CHI 2 
NHA 26 
DOV 1 
KAN 14 
CLT 2 
TAL 26 
MAR 2* 
TEX 29 
PHO 2 
HOM 10* 
6th  2348  ^{[296]}  
2015  DAY 33* 
ATL 41 
LVS 18 
PHO 9 
CAL 10 
MAR 9 
TEX 7 
BRI 3 
RCH 8 
TAL 31 
KAN 4 
CLT 15 
DOV 10 
POC 14 
MCH 21 
SON 16 
DAY 6 
KEN 7 
NHA 9 
IND 42 
POC 3 
GLN 41 
MCH 17 
BRI 20 
DAR 16 
RCH 7 
CHI 14 
NHA 7 
DOV 12 
CLT 8 
KAN 10 
TAL 3 
MAR 1 
TEX 9 
PHO 6 
HOM 6 
3rd  5038  ^{[297]}  
2016  88  DAY  ATL  LVS  PHO  CAL  MAR  TEX  BRI  RCH  TAL  KAN  DOV  CLT  POC  MCH  SON  DAY  KEN  NHA  IND 13 
POC 27 
GLN 14 
BRI 11 
MCH  DAR 14 
RCH 16 
CHI  NHA  DOV 10 
CLT  KAN  TAL  MAR 6 
TEX  PHO  HOM  38th  218  ^{[298]} 
Year  Team  Manufacturer  Start  Finish 

1993  Hendrick Motorsports  Chevrolet  3  5 
1994  6  4  
1995  4  22  
1996  8  42  
1997  6  1  
1998  29  16  
1999  1  1  
2000  11  34  
2001  13  30  
2002  3  9  
2003  13  12  
2004  39  8  
2005  15  1  
2006  2  26  
2007  42  10  
2008  8  39  
2009  3  13  
2010  21  26  
2011  2  28  
2012  16  40  
2013  2  20  
2014  6  4  
2015  1  33 
NASCAR Busch Series results  

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  NBGNC  Pts  Ref  
1990  Hugh Connerty Racing  67  Pontiac  DAY  RCH  CAR  MAR  HCY  DAR  BRI  LAN  SBO  NZH  HCY  CLT  DOV  ROU  VOL  MYB  OXF  NHA  SBO  DUB  IRP  ROU  BRI  DAR  RCH  DOV  MAR  CLT DNQ 
NHA  CAR 39 
MAR DNQ 
115th  0  ^{[299]}  
1991  Bill Davis Racing  1  Ford  DAY DNQ 
CAR 24 
MAR 14 
VOL 13 
HCY 15 
DAR 9 
BRI 32 
LAN 2 
SBO 23 
NZH 5 
CLT 18 
DOV 2 
ROU 9 
HCY 2 
MYB 13 
GLN 6 
OXF 29 
NHA 15 
SBO 20 
DUB 12 
IRP 18 
ROU 11 
BRI 3 
DAR 28 
RCH 13 
DOV 8 
CLT 35 
NHA 19 
CAR 37 
11th  3582  ^{[300]}  
4  RCH 17 

1  Olds  MAR 8 

1992  Ford  DAY 23 
CAR 9 
RCH 8 
ATL 1* 
MAR 6 
DAR 26 
BRI 5 
HCY 28 
LAN 10* 
DUB 5 
NZH 26 
CLT 1 
DOV 18 
ROU 5 
MYB 5* 
GLN 19 
VOL 18* 
TAL 11 
IRP 14 
ROU 9 
MCH 19 
NHA 4 
BRI 19* 
DAR 3 
RCH 17 
DOV 12 
CLT 1* 
MAR 14 
CAR 2 
HCY 11 
4th  4053  ^{[301]}  
4  NHA 29 

1999  Gordon/Evernham Motorsports  24  Chevy  DAY  CAR  LVS 4 
ATL  DAR  TEX 13 
NSV  BRI  TAL  CAL  NHA  RCH  NZH  CLT 33 
DOV  SBO  GLN  MLW  MYB  PPR  GTY  IRP  MCH 2 
BRI  DAR  RCH  DOV  CLT 2 
CAR  MEM  PHO 1 
HOM  51st  878  ^{[302]}  
2000  JG Motorsports  DAY  CAR  LVS 18 
ATL  DAR  BRI  TEX 42 
NSV  TAL  CAL  RCH  NHA  CLT 4 
DOV  SBO  MYB  GLN  MLW  NZH  PPR  GTY  IRP  MCH 7 
BRI  DAR  RCH  DOV  CLT  CAR  MEM  PHO  HOM 1 
57th  637  ^{[303]} 
(key) Bold  pole position (overall finish/class finish).
GrandAm Rolex Sports Car Series DP results  

Year  Team  No.  Engine  Chassis  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  Pos  Pts  Ref  
2007  SunTrust Racing  10  Pontiac 5.0L V8  Riley Technologies MkXI  DAY (3/3) 
MEX  HOM  VIR  LGA  WGL  MDO  DAY  IOW  BAR  MON  WGL  INF  MIL  61st  30  ^{[304]} 
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results  

Year  Team  Class  Chassis  Engine  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Pos  Pts  Ref  
2017  Wayne Taylor Racing  P  Cadillac DPiV.R  Cadillac 6.2 L V8  DAY 1 
SEB  LBH  COA  DET  WAT  MSP  ELK  LGA  PET  28th  35  ^{[305]} 
24 Hours of Daytona results  

Year  Class  No  Team  Car  Codrivers  Laps  Position  Class Pos.  
2007  DP  10  SunTrust Racing  Pontiac Riley DP  Wayne Taylor Max Angelelli Jan Magnussen 
666  3  3  
2017  P  10  Wayne Taylor Racing  Cadillac DPiV.R  Jordan Taylor Ricky Taylor Max Angelelli 
659  1  1 
(key) (Bold  Pole position. *  Most laps led.)
International Race of Champions results  

Year  Make  1  2  3  4  Pos.  Pts  Ref 
1995  Dodge  DAY 11 
DAR 2 
TAL 5 
MCH 3 
4th  51  ^{[306]} 
1996  Pontiac  DAY 6 
TAL 7 
CLT 5 
MCH 12 
10th  30  ^{[307]} 
1997  DAY 9 
CLT 3 
CAL 5 
MCH 9 
6th  39  ^{[308]}  
1998  DAY 1 
CAL 3 
MCH 8 
IND 9 
3rd  51  ^{[309]}  
1999  DAY 6 
TAL 4 
MCH 7 
IND 2 
5th  49  ^{[310]}  
2000  DAY 10 
TAL 5 
MCH 7 
IND 4 
6th  37  ^{[311]} 
Letarte, who replaced Robbie Loomis, has been with Gordon since the September 2005 race at New Hampshire.
I am impressed and excited by JMI and its extensive and growing global motorsports reach. As I continue to grow and diversify my personal brand, I'm thrilled to have them represent those interests now and in the future.
It's an honor to give the command prior to the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway  the track where my NASCAR Cup Series career began 15 years ago.
Sporting positions  

Preceded by Dale Earnhardt Terry Labonte Bobby Labonte 
NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion 1995 1997, 1998 2001 
Succeeded by Terry Labonte Dale Jarrett Tony Stewart 
Preceded by Fernando Alonso Jesús Puras Rubén Xaus 
Race of Champions Nations' Cup 2002 with: Colin Edwards Jimmie Johnson 
Succeeded by Cristiano da Matta Fonsi Nieto Gilles Panizzi 
Achievements  
Preceded by Dale Earnhardt Dale Jarrett 
Busch Clash winner 1994 1997 
Succeeded by Dale Earnhardt Rusty Wallace 
Preceded by Inaugural Ricky Rudd Bobby Labonte Kevin Harvick Ryan Newman 
Brickyard 400 winner 1994 1998 2001 2004 2014 
Succeeded by Dale Earnhardt Dale Jarrett Bill Elliott Tony Stewart Kyle Busch 
Preceded by Geoff Bodine Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
The Winston winner 1995 1997 2001 
Succeeded by Michael Waltrip Mark Martin Ryan Newman 
Preceded by Dale Jarrett Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
Daytona 500 winner 1997 1999 2005 
Succeeded by Dale Earnhardt Dale Jarrett Jimmie Johnson 
Preceded by Bill Elliott Ward Burton Greg Biffle 
Southern 500 winner 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 2002 2007 
Succeeded by Jeff Burton Terry Labonte Kyle Busch 
Awards  
Preceded by Jimmy Hensley 
NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year 1993 
Succeeded by Jeff Burton 
Preceded by Joe Nemechek 
NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Rookie of the Year 1991 
Succeeded by Ricky Craven 
Preceded by Al Unser Jr. Jimmy Vasser Tony Stewart 
Best Driver ESPY Award 1996 1998, 1999 2007 
Succeeded by Jimmy Vasser Dale Jarrett Jimmie Johnson 
Preceded by Inaugural Tony Stewart Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart 
EA Sports NASCAR cover athlete 1998 2002 2006 2009 
Succeeded by Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt Jr. Elliott Sadler Final 