Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jeff Gordon to make final start at Sonoma this weekend

Jeff Gordon is 6/1 to win Sunday at Sonoma.
No. 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet SS / Jeff Gordon

Driver: Jeff Gordon
Hometown: Pittsboro, Indiana
Age: 43
Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet SS, is scheduled to visit the Sonoma Raceway media center at 10:30 a.m. local time Friday.

TOPS AT SONOMA: Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevrolet SS, tops the following statistical categories at Sonoma: starts, wins, pole positions, top-five finishes, top-10s, laps completed (2,233), laps led and average finish (8.0).

KING OF THE ROAD: The native of Vallejo, California, is the all-time leader in NASCAR road-course victories with nine. Along with five wins at Sonoma, the 43-year-old driver has visited Victory Lane four times at Watkins Glen International in New York.

SIX STRAIGHT: From August 1997 through June 2000, Gordon won six consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course races – three each at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED: On Saturday, June 20, Gordon visited Roy Hayer Memorial Speedway with his wife, Ingrid, and children, Ella and Leo. The quarter-midget track in Rio Linda, California, is where the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion first raced as a 5-year-old. The day also included a stop at Vallejo Charter School (formerly Springstowne Middle School) in Vallejo, California, where Gordon attended middle school.

MEMBER ADVANTAGES: AARP Member Advantages will sponsor four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS to spread awareness about the many benefits available to AARP members. The special AARP Member Advantages paint scheme will be featured in six Sprint Cup Series events in 2015, beginning at Sonoma Raceway on June 28, and is part of Hendrick Motorsports’ existing partnership with Drive to End Hunger, which is AARP and AARP Foundation’s multi-year effort to raise awareness of and support for the fight against older adult hunger. AARP Member Advantages is a collection of discounts, products, services and insurance programs available to AARP’s millions of members through third party providers. The provider offers include a variety of health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services.

Jeff Gordon on racing at Sonoma
"Sonoma race weekend is always special to me because of family and friends and how good the track has been to me, but this weekend may be even more special because it’s my final race there. I am going to miss racing there.” 

Gordon on visiting the quarter-midget track in Rio Linda, California
“The first time I raced was at Rio Linda, and I remember getting into the wall and flipping pretty early on (in my racing career). But I also remember getting some checkered flags, too.”

2015 Season
  • 10th in standings
  • 15 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 3 pole positions
  • 2 top-five finishes
  • 8 top-10 finishes
  • 162 laps led
  • 776 starts
  • 92 wins
  • 80 pole positions
  • 322 top-five finishes
  • 462 top-10 finishes
  • 24,826 laps led
Sonoma Career 
  • 22 starts
  • 5 wins
  • 5 pole positions
  • 14 top-five finishes
  • 18 top-10 finishes
  • 457 laps led

- Hendrick Motorsports

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