Jeff Gordon 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
In a storied career going back 22 years, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon proved that he is still a top-tier contender. Four accidents in the 2013 season’s first 26 races, an uncommon occurrence for Gordon, was the tipping point in his initial push to make NASCAR’s playoffs. Added as a 13th qualifier for the Chase, the 42-year-old Gordon proved he belonged. Gordon won Martinsville Speedway’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger, elevating him to third in the standings, 27 points behind leaders Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson with three races remaining. A week later at Texas Motor Speedway, a left front tire went down sending the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet into the turn 2 wall. Gordon finished 38th. He wound up sixth overall, Gordon’s best finish since 2009.
Gordon broke the mold of what could be considered requisite experience for a NASCAR premier series driver. When Rick Hendrick hired him, virtually no top team would entrust one of NASCAR Sprint Cup cars to a 20-year-old driver. Gordon rewarded that trust with two victories in his second full season (1994). The following year, Gordon won the first of his four championships, with the most recent coming in 2001. With 88 career wins, Gordon tops all active drivers and stands third on the all-time wins list behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and David Pearson. He also has 74 poles including two in 2013.
Gordon came to NASCAR in 1991 and won Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he’s won five times. He was the United States Auto Club’s youngest licensed driver (at the time) at age 16, won USAC’s national midget title three years later and captured the organization’s Silver Crown championship as a 20 year old. Gordon also is part owner of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Car: No. 24 Drive to End Hunger/Axalta Coating Systems/Pepsi Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: August 4, 1971
Hometown: Vallejo, Calif.
Team Owner: Rick Hendrick
Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson