Axalta Racing is taking a look back at longtime partner Jeff Gordon’s incredible career as he enters the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019.
Statistics can only tell part of the story when it comes to Jeff Gordon’s illustrious and record-setting career. Gordon’s personality helped popularize NASCAR, lifting the sport into the mainstream. Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports team Gordon raced with his entire Cup Series career, says the driver of the No. 24 “revolutionized the sport.”
But the four-time Cup Series champion also has the stats to be ranked among the best drivers to ever take to the track.
“As much credit as he gets, I think most people still don’t realize how great of a driver he was for how long,” Ray Evernham said. “When I look at, certainly the growth of the sport, but when I look at what he was able to do inside that car, I just hope that people give him the credit that he deserves with the talent that he had.”
As he enters the NASCAR Hall of Fame, here are some of Gordon’s most impressive numbers from a fabulous career that spanned 25 seasons — a legendary run Axalta was fortunate to have been along for from the beginning:
-Gordon (93) has the third-most Cup Series victories all-time, trailing just Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). His 93 wins rank at the top in NASCAR’s modern era
-The California native is one of just four drivers to win at least four Cup Series championships (Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson each have seven)
-Gordon holds the modern-era record for victories in a season (13)
-He is NASCAR’s “Iron Man” with a record 797 consecutive starts
-The No. 24 driver tallied 325 top-5 finishes and 477 top-10s
-Gordon is a three-time Daytona 500 winner and a five-time Brickyard 400 winner
-His 81 career poles rank third on the all-time list
-He won the 1993 Rookie of the Year in the Cup Series thanks to seven top-5 finishes
-Gordon registered at least one win in 20 different seasons, second-most in Cup Series history
-The legendary driver holds the record for road course victories (nine) as well as restrictor-plate wins (12)