Jeff Gordon looked like he had the advantage in the closing laps of the Auto Club 400 on Sunday. He was running down leader Jimmie Johnson, knowing his car was best on the long run. Then a vibration came up in the car, he had to back off, and watched Johnson run away. Johnson lost a tire with five laps to go, putting Gordon in solid position to get the win. A caution with two laps to go led to pit stops, which Gordon came out in sixth, and was not a factor for the win. After the race, Gordon reflected on what had happened.
“The closing laps were pretty much typical restart for me. I got the inside lane which was absolutely the worst lane for me. I got actually a decent restart and it just didn’t go well. I went to the inside of the No. 18 he swerved left that put him in the middle, me on the bottom three or four wide and it just went downhill from there.
“I don’t know where to begin with the disappointment for this Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet team. They gave me the most incredible race car today and it is just so disappointing for it to end like that. I hate the caution came out. I hate Goodyear was not prepared today for what happened. They are so good at what they do and that is just uncalled for. We were having a tire issue there on that last long run and I just backed off. When I saw the No. 48 had issues I was just hoping we would make it to the end and I was just going as slow as I possibly could trying to maintain the lead and cars were just blowing tires left and right all around me. It’s unfortunate that was happening. But most importantly that the caution came out because we did not need that restart.”
-Team Chevy PR