Jeff Gordon

Nationality
usa United States
Full Name
Jeffrey Michael Gordon
Hometown
Vallejo, CA
Date of Birth
08/04/1971
Height
5'8
Weight
160
First Year
1992
Last Year
2016

Career Overview

After being groomed by the Ford Motor Company, Jeff Gordon passed on moving to the Cup Series with Grand National team owner Bill Davis in favor of joining Rick Hendrick’s Chevrolet team. What helped sway Gordon was the opportunity he could work with Ray Evernham as crew chief.

With Evernham on top of the box, Gordon would turn a rookie who destroyed cars into one of the most dominate forces on in the Cup Series. They would win 47 races from 1993-1999 and three championships. Near the end of the 1999 season, Evernham would leave Hendrick to form his own team.

Robbie Loomis, long time Petty Enterprises employee, was brought in to replace Evernham. The pairing got off to a slow start, but by 2001 they hit their stride with Gordon winning his fourth championship. During this time Gordon urged his owner Rick Hendrick, into taking a chance on an unproven driver named Jimmie Johnson. Gordon would be listed as the team owner of Johnson’s new ride under the Hendrick Motorsports banner.

After some off years, by Gordon’s standards, Loomis left during the 2005 season and was replaced by Steve Letarte. Another down season in 2006, but the Gordon/Letarte pairing hit their stride with the 2007 campaign. They would win seven poles and six races, but come up short in their championship bid to their teammate Johnson. It was Johnson’s second championship in a row. While struggling again with his team, Gordon continued success as a team owner as Johnson won his third, fourth, and fifth titles in a row.

For the 2011 season Alan Gustafson replaced Letarte as crew chief. The duo won their second race out at Phoenix, snapping a 66 race dry spell. By the 2014 season Gordon was back in the hunt for his fifth title, coming up short after a late season accident at Texas. Entering into the 2015 season Gordon announced it would be his final season behind the wheel.

Driving spirited all season long, Gordon made it into the final round of the playoffs win an emotional win at Martinsville. In the end, he would finish sixth in the finale and that was too little for the title.

Despite being retirement, when injures forced Dale Earnhardt Jr to sit out half of the season, Gordon was coxed out of retirement by Hendrick. He would run eight races, notably getting his 800 career start at Watkins Glen and a sixth place finish in his final race at Martinsville.

Teams Driven For

  • Hendrick Motorsports 1992-2016

Milestones

  • Career start 1 – 1992 race 29 Atlanta
  • Career start 100 – 1996 race 7 North Wilkesboro
  • Career start 200 – 1999 race 11 Richmond
  • Career start 300 – 2002 race 7 Texas
  • Career start 400 – 2004 race 35 Darlington
  • Career start 500 – 2007 race 27 New Hampshire
  • Career start 600 – 2010 race 19 Chicagoland
  • Career start 700 – 2013 race 11 Darlington
  • Career start 800 – 2016 race 22 Watkins Glen
  • Career start 805 – 2016 race 33 Martinsville
  • Career pole 1 – 1993 race 27 Charlotte
  • Career pole 10 – 1995 race 19 Indianapolis
  • Career pole 20 – 1998 race 15 Pocono
  • Career pole 30 – 1999 race 20 Indianapolis
  • Career pole 40 – 2002 race 6 Bristol
  • Career pole 50 – 2004 race 17 Daytona
  • Career pole 60 – 2007 race 9 Talladega
  • Career pole 70 – 2011 race 8 Talladega
  • Career pole 80 – 2015 race 10 Talladega
  • Career pole 81 – 2015 race 32 Talladega (Final)
  • Career win 1 – 1994 race 11 Charlotte
  • Career win 10 – 1996 race 3 Richmond
  • Career win 20 – 1997 race 1 Daytona
  • Career win 30 – 1998 race 2 Rockingham
  • Career win 40 – 1998 race 30 Daytona
  • Career win 50 – 2000 race 9 Talladega
  • Career win 60 – 2002 race 25 Darlington
  • Career win 70 – 2005 race 1 Daytona
  • Career win 80 – 2007 race 30 Talladega
  • Career win 90 – 2014 race 20 Indianapolis
  • Career win 93 – 2015 race 33 Martinsville (Final)

Highlights

  • 1993 Rookie of the Year
  • 1994, 1997 Daytona Clash Race Winner
  • 1994, 1997, 1998  Coca-Cola 600 Winner
  • 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014 Brickyard 400 Winner
  • 1995, 1997, 2001 All-Star Race Winner
  • 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2007 Southern 500 Winner
  • 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 Series Champion
  • 1997, 1999, 2005 Daytona 500 Winner

Other Accomplishments

  • 1991 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year
  • 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 Driver Of The Year
  • 2009 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2009 Silver Buffalo Award recipient
  • 2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee

Cup Series

SeasonTeamStartPoleWinTop-5Top-10DNFLaps CompLead Lap FinLaps LedRaces LedDNQWD
1992Hendrick Motorsports10000116400000
1993Hendrick Motorsports3010711118390112301400
1994Hendrick Motorsports3112714109277104461700
1995Hendrick Motorsports31871723394052326102900
1996Hendrick Motorsports315102124589722323142500
1997Hendrick Motorsports321102223292762216472400
1998Hendrick Motorsports337132628298182817172600
1999Hendrick Motorsports34771821793842313192600
2000Hendrick Motorsports3433112229897224251500
2001Hendrick Motorsports366618242106382723202500
2002Hendrick Motorsports36331320310201279891400
2003Hendrick Motorsports364315205104192416392200
2004Hendrick Motorsports366516254101202812372500
2005Hendrick Motorsports362481499648235811500
2006Hendrick Motorsports36221418710401266902400
2007Hendrick Motorsports367621301102403213002300
2008Hendrick Motorsports36401319610269294472000
2009Hendrick Motorsports36111625110398308271900
2010Hendrick Motorsports36101117410545309192000
2011Hendrick Motorsports36131318310421279222200
2012Hendrick Motorsports36221118510006245682300
2013Hendrick Motorsports362181759968284341700
2014Hendrick Motorsports363414230105033210832600
2015Hendrick Motorsports3641521110292292651500
2016Hendrick Motorsports800020257177100
Total-8058193325477992312235852493648700