Iconic No. 24 car returns for four-time champion’s final full-time season
The rainbow paint scheme will run again, Jeff Gordon confirmed on Tuesday morning in New York City.
The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon, unveiled his rainbow scheme on sponsor Axalta’s Twitter handle and the Tuesday edition of "CBS This Morning," driving down West 57th Street in Manhattan. Gordon will drive the car in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (August 22, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, PRN, SiriusXM).
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"It’s such an iconic paint scheme," Gordon said Tuesday morning. He went on to say that the fans’ support of the brightly colored scheme made it possible for the No. 24 team to roll it out again.
Running his final full-time season in NASCAR’s premier series, Gordon sits 11th in the standings and would make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup based on points, but he continues to seek his first win of the season to all but lock his place in NASCAR’s playoffs as he attempts to win his fifth title.
According to HendrickMotorsports.com, Gordon drove the rainbow Chevrolet from his very first start in 1992 through the 2000 season. Take a look at his success with the car by the numbers as compiled by the team.
1: Rookie of the Year trophy
1: All-Star Race victory
3: Cup Series championships
17: Different tracks where Gordon earned at least one win in the rainbow scheme
33: Pole positions earned
52: Trips to Victory Lane
129: Top-five finishes
166: Top-10s recorded
10,708: Total laps led
1,000,000: Dollars earned for winning the Daytona 500, Charlotte 600 and Southern 500 in 1997.
With the scheme revealed, we’re less than two months until the #Rainbow24 returns to the track one final time. Take a 360-degree view of the special paint job.
— Axalta Racing (@AxaltaRacing) June 30, 2015
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) June 30, 2015