|Birth Date:||4 August 1971||Home Town:||Vallejo, California, USA|
Jeff Gordon is one of the biggest names in the history of American motor racing, with four NASCAR titles to his name.
Gordon was the quickest driver to reach 50 wins in the Winston Cup/Sprint Cup and he was the first to reach $100 million in winnings. The driver of car number 24 has also taken three Daytona 500 victories.
The ultimate early starter, Gordon began racing at the age of five and had won 35 races by the age of 6, setting five track records. He already had an interest in Sprint Cars when he was 13, and he won three short-track races by the age of 18.
The American is now the co-owner, along with Rick Hendrick, of the #48 Lowe's-sponsored team, driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won the last four Sprint Cup series.
At The Race Of Champions, Gordon helped Team USA to the ROC Nations Cup in 2002 alongside Johnson and biker Colin Edwards. He was scheduled to return in 2004 but had to withdraw due to illness, returning in 2005.
Gordon had one memorable moment as a passenger at his 2002 debut appearance at The Race of Champions. He was due to take part in some exhibition laps alongside world rally champion Marcus Grönholm in his title-winning Peugeot. Three corners in, Grönholm rolled it five times, to the American’s ecstatic delight…
- 4-time NASCAR champion (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001)
- 3-time Daytona 500 winner (1997, 1999, 2005)
- 4-time winner of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004)
- Over 80 NASCAR wins and 360 top ten finishes under his belt
2009: Inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
2007: Third place on his debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona
2005: Third win in the Daytona 500
1998: Took record 13 wins en route to third Winston Cup title
1997: Became the youngest man to win the Daytona 500
1995: Won NASCAR Winston Cup Series for the first time
1994: Took first NASCAR Winston Cup win in Charlotte
1993: NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year
1992: First NASCAR Winston Cup race in Atlanta
1991: NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year
1991: Youngest driver (20) to be USAC Silver Crown champion
1990: USAC Midget Triple Crown champion
1989: USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year
The Race of Champions Highlights
- Years contested: 2002, 2005
2002: Debut in The Race of Champions, winning the ROC Nations Cup alongside Jimmie Johnson and Colin Edwards