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Jeff Gordon

Former Professional Stock car driver, racer, and a Fox NASCAR announcer.

Jeff Gordon
American stock car driver, Jeff Source: Google

Jeff Gordon, a former professional stock car driver, and racer is a Fox NASCAR announcer. Gordon has also won the NASCAR Cup four times and the Brickyard four times.

Childhood & Early Life

professional Racer, Jeff Gordon was born in Vallejo, California, on August 4, 1971. Jeffrey Michael Gordon is his full name. Carol Anne Bickford and William Gordon are his parents.

When Jeff was just a few months old, they divorced, and his mother remarried John Bickford, who was quite supportive of Jeff.

Gordon began riding the BMX bike that his stepfather had purchased for him when he was four years old.

At the age of five, he decided to pursue his passion for racing automobiles and began participating.

He won his first Quarter Midget Championship at the age of eight, and by the early 1980s, he had won four class championships in Go-Karting.

He went to school during the week and raced in Quarter Midget Championships around the United States on weekends.

Jeff became the youngest driver in America to win the USAC Silver Crown and the season championship at the age of 20. He went on to win a few more races and place in the top three in 22 of 40 midget car races.

NASCAR Career

Busch Series

Jeff Gordon began his NASCAR career in the Busch Series. Hugh Connerty, a partner in Outback Steakhouse, introduced Gordon to Hugh Connerty, who had obtained sponsorship for a car through Outback.

They then prepared for the final Busch Grand National races by testing.

On October 20, 1990, he made his stock car debut at North Carolina Motor Speedway with Ray Evernham.

Gordon qualified second quickest and began on the outside, but the front row was damaged on lap 33, and he had to settle for a 39th place finish.

Gordon’s Busch Series launched Ford Thunderbirds for Bill Davis Racing in 1991 and 1991. Then, in 1991, when he won Rookie of the Year, his career took a surprising turn.

Gordon also established a NASCAR record by winning 11 poles in a single season in 1992.

Gordon and Rick Hendrick’s son Ricky Hendrick joined their team Gordon/Evernham Motorsports in the Busch Series in 1999. (GEM).

With Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief, the team secured full support from Pepsi and competed in six races.

After Evernham left Hendrick Motorsports, GEM barely lasted a year, putting an end to the most dominating driver/crew-chief combination in NASCAR history.

Despite this, Gordon continued at Busch for another year. Evernham’s portion was purchased by Rick Hendrick, and GEM became JG Motorsports.

Jeff won twice in the two seasons, first at Outback Steakhouse 200 in 1999 and again at Homestead in 200.

Cup Series

Early Years(1991-1994)

Gordon’s stepfather refused to work for Roush Racing in 1992 because Roush had hired his crew chiefs. Gordon joined Hendrick Motorsports later that year after Rick Hendrick saw him race in a Busch Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

After an accident in the season-ending Hooters 500 in Atlanta, he made his Winston Cup debut, finishing 31st. Gordon entered the Winston Cup series full-time the next year, driving No. 24 for Hendrick Motorsports.

After winning the first race in the Gatorade Twin 125’s Event and claiming his first career pole position at the autumn Charlotte race, things started to look up for Gordon.

He also received the Rookie of the Year award for his 14th place finish. Many questioned Gordon’s ability to drive automobiles too fast and crash.

Gordon had a terrific year in 1994, winning the Busch Clash exhibition race, winning the Coca-Cola 600 pole, and winning the first Brickyard 400 in his hometown.

Championship Season (1995-2001)

Despite a rough start, Gordon went on to win his first Winston Cup Series in 1995. Gordon won 10 races while defending his championship in 1996, including the final official NASCAR event at the facility.

However, he came in second place behind his colleague Terry Labonte, losing by 37 points.

Gordon, on the other hand, won the Winston Cup two years in a row in 1997 and 1998. He was the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500 in 1997.

That year, he won the Coca-Cola 600 and became the first driver to win the Winston Million after winning the Southern 500 at Darlington since Bill Elliott in 1985.

In 1997, Jeff Gordon won 10 races for his second Winston title, and in 1998, he won 13 races for his third title, leading Mark Martin by 364 points.

His second Daytona 500 victory kicked off the 1999 season. After Evernham drifted away from Hendrick, Gordon secured a lifetime deal with the company, making him the equity owner of his No. 24 teams starting in 2000.

Gordon began the 2000 season with his 50th career victory and a ninth-place finish. The next year, Gordon became only the third driver in NASCAR history to win four Winston Cup championships.

Final Years (2011-2016)

After Martin’s crew chief Alan Gustafson joined Gordon in 2011, things changed, and Gordon won the second race in Pheonix for the first time in 66 races.

He also tied Bill Elliot for the most wins at Pocono’s track and tied for third-most poles at Aaron’s 499. At Atalanta, he defeated Johnson for the 85th time in his career.

Gordon had a tough start to the year, filliping a stock vehicle for the first time. He finished 40th in the Daytona 500 following a blown engine on lap 81. Gordon won his 86th NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Pocono, breaking the record for most victories.

He confirmed in January that 2015 will be his final season as a full-time racer. During the 2015 season, several songs paid tribute to Gordon by doing various activities and accepting various presents.

 

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Gordon won the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 for the 93rd and last time in his career.

Gordon played No. 88 in the 2016 season as a reserve. At Watkins Glen International, he became the ninth driver to surpass 800 career starts. Gordon has also competed in a number of other events over his career.

Broadcasting Career

Gordon entered the broadcasting field after retiring from full-time motorsport in 2015. Gordon was then recruited by Fox Sports as a guest analyst for Fox NASCAR broadcasts.

In addition, in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, he made his Fox Sports 1 debut.

Gordon announced his plan to join Fox Sports as a full-time commentator for Cup Season events beginning with the 2016 sprint cup series through NASCAR Race Hub in May of 2015. Gordon has been a regular on FOX Sports, announcing NASCAR races.

Foundation| Charity

Gordon also established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. The Foundation’s objective is that one day no kid will be afraid of cancer and that effective therapies will not have detrimental long-term consequences.

The charity educates the public about children’s cancer and generates funds for research.

The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, North Carolina, helps children in the community by providing high-quality primary and specialized pediatric care to all of their children, regardless of their capacity to pay.

Net Worth, Salary, Income

Jeff Gordon is the third most wealthy NASCAR driver. He is currently valued at $200 million. In terms of having the highest money in his business, Jeff Gordon may be compared to Floyd Mayweather or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gordon’s salary and sponsorships are projected to be around USD 20 million to USD 30 million at the pinnacle of his career. Gordon has amassed at least USD 160 million in prizes.

However, when all sources of revenue are included, it is projected that Gordon earned nearly USD 500 million from NASCAR racing.

Gordon, on the other hand, lost a lot of money as a result of his divorce, since he had to surrender his ex-wife a lot of money and assets, including one of his mansions.

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Relationship|  Is he Dating or Married?

Brooke Sealy, a Miss Winston Cup model whom Jeff Gordon met in victory lane at Daytona Internal Speedway in 1993, was his wife.

 

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Brooke’s position as Miss Winston ended in the 1993 season, and the couple announced their relationship in December.

Gordon booked a banquet space at a French restaurant in Daytona Beach to propose to Sealy during the 1994 Daytona 500.

On November 26, 1994, he married, but the marriage ended in March 2002 when Sealy filed a lawsuit against Jordon for marital misbehavior, claiming his involvement with professional model Deanna Merryman.

Gordon then met Ingrid Vandebosch in 2002 through a common friend and they began dating in 2004. On June 24, 2006, they announced their engagement, and on November 7, 2006, they married in a modest, private ceremony in Mexico.

Ella Sofia Gordon, the couple’s first child, was born on June 20, 2007, in New York City. The Gordon family welcomed a newborn boy, Leo Benjamin Gordon, on August 9, 2010.

Jeff Gordon
Jeff with his Ex-wife Source: Google

Awards and Achievements

Awards

  • 1993 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year
  • 1991 Busch Series Rookie of the Year
  • 2009 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2009 Silver Buffalo Award recipient
  • 2012 Heisman Humanitarian Award recipient
  • Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
  • 2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee
  • 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee

Achievements

  • 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001 Winston Cup Series Champion
  • 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona Overall winner
  • 1991 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion
  • 1990 USAC National Midget Series Champion
  • 1997, 1999, and 2005 Daytona 500 Winner
  • 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, and 2014 Brickyard 400 Winner
  • 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2007 Southern 500 Winner
  • 1994, 1997, and 1998 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
  • 1995, 1997, and 2001 Sprint All-Star Race Winner
  • 1994 and 1997 Advance Auto Parts Clash Winner

Jeff Gordon | Social Media

He is presently active on social media, where he discusses his life, his automobiles, and even memes.  You can follow him under the username @JeffGordonWeb on Twitter and @jeffgordonweb on Instagram.

 

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Some FAQ’s

When did Jeff Gordon retire?

In the year 2015, Jeff Gordon announced his retirement.

How many wins does Jeff Gordon have?

Throughout his career, Jeff Gordon has won 93 times

Is Jeff Gordon still racing?

Jeff Gordon is presently employed as a broadcaster and is retired.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jeffery Michael Gordon
Birth Date 1971, August 4
Age 50 Years Old
Birth Place Vallejo, California
Nickname Rainbow Warrior, Wonder Boy
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Education Not Available
Horoscope Leo
Father’s Name Carol Ann Bickford
Mother’s Name Willian Grinnel Gordon
Siblings Kim Gordon
Height 5ft 8 inches(1.73m)
Weight 150lbs (68kgs)
Build Athletic
Shoe Size Not Available
Eye Color Grey
Hair Color Brown
Marital Status Married
Spouse(s) November 26,1994-June 13, 2003 (Brooke Sealy)
November 7, 2006- Present (Ingrid Vandebosch)
Children 2 (Ella Sofia, Leo Benjamin)
Profession NASCAR Racer/ Broadcaster
Active Since 1979
Best Finish 1st (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001)
Net Worth $200 million
Awards and Achievements 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001 Winston Cup Series Champion
2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona Overall winner
1991 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion etc.
Social Media TwitterInstagram

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