Jeff Gordon is a retired Hall of Fame NASCAR race driver, from the United States. Moreover, Jeff Gordon is one of the greatest stock car racing drivers in history by every notable newspaper.
Table of Biography
Jeffery Michael Gordon best known as Jeff Gordon was born on 4th August 1971, in Vallejo, California, the United States of America. As of now, he is 50 years old and he holds citizenship in the United States. Moreover, he has a zodiac sign of Leo and he is a Christian by religion. He has two nicknames, Rainbow Warrior and Wonders boy. In addition, he is the son of Carol Ann Bickford (father) and Willliam Grinnel Gordon (mother). He has an elder sister Kim Gordon who is four years elder than him.
When Jeffery was only six months old, his parents divorced. As a result, her mother married John Bickford who is a car builder and parts supplier. He began racing in quarter midgets when he was four years old when his stepfather purchased him a BMX bike. He was the youngest driver to obtain a USAC license at the age of 16, despite having spent his whole childhood racing. His family then moved to Pittsboro, Indiana, to take advantage of greater chances.
Talking about his academic career, he completed his graduation from high school in 1989 and quickly changed and went to Bloomington to race that night. Moreover, he never went to University.
Talking about his professional career, Hugh Connerty, co-owner of Hooters restaurants, helped Jeff participate in the first Busch Race in a stock car on October 20, 1990. He finished the race in 39th place. In 1991 and 1992, he competed in the Busch Series, driving Ford Thunderbirds and winning Rookie of the Year. He set a NASCAR record and made his Winston Cup debut the following year.
During the 1993 Winston Cup season, he raced the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet and won a Daytona 500 qualifier. Many questioned whether he would be able to compete in NASCAR because he was one of the youngest contestants, but he beat all expectations and scored his maiden victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the longest race in the NASCAR series. He finished sixth overall in the 1994 Winston Cup season.
In addition, he won his first NASCAR Winston Cup race in 1995, upsetting seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt. He won the season with eight poles, seven victories, and a four-race winning streak in the Daytona Southern 500. Despite a rough start in 1996, he made a comeback and went on to win ten races. He and his race crew won at a variety of places across America, starting a three-year streak of winning double-digit events.
He won his first Daytona 500 in 1997, making him the youngest racer in history to do so. The next year, he won the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte as well as the renowned ‘Winston Million.’ He completed the season with ten spectacular victories, and in 1998, he made a record by winning the Winston Cup for the third time in a row. Gordon/Evernham Motorsports was founded in 1999 by him and his crew chief, Evernham. For a short time, the team was sponsored by Pepsi and had considerable success. The race team was later called JG Motorsports.
From 2000 to 2013
In 2000, he won his 50th career race in the Talladega spring race. He then went on to win at Sears Point Raceway and Richmond, finishing 9th overall for the season. In his racing career, he experienced a series of highs and lows from 2002 to 2009. His 2002 season began with a ninth-place finish in the Daytona 500, but he went on to win the Sharpie 500 night race at Bristol.
The next year, he won the Brickyard 400, making him the only NASCAR driver with four Brickyard victories. He went on to win the Daytona 500 in 2005, as well as races at the Chicago Speedway and the Food City 500 in 2007.
He won the Texas Motor Speedway Championship in 2008 and 2009, and he later won his 82nd career race in the famous ‘Samsung 500′.
From 2010 to 2013, he finished second in the Subway Fresh Fit 600 and claimed his 70th pole at Aaron’s 499 in 2011. The 2012 season got off to a rocky start, but he quickly moved up the race track in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, where he set a new record by completing 23,000 laps. His 2013 season began with an accident in the Sprint Unlimited, but he still qualified second for the Daytona 500 and led the first 31 laps of the series.
He finished third in the Bojangles’ Southern 500, his 300th top-5 finish in his career. The red flag was raised, however, after he crashed with two other race circuit drivers, Mark Martin and Aric. Aside from racing, Jeff participated in a variety of off-track events at the Daytona International Speedway, including ‘Race of the Champions’ and IROC.
Jeff entered the broadcasting industry after retiring from full-time driving in 2015. He was then hired by Fox Sports to work as a guest analyst for Fox NASCAR broadcasts.
His Fox Sports 1 debut was during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. In May of 2015, he announced his decision to join Fox Sports as a full-time commentator for Cup Series events beginning with the 2016 Sprint Cup Series through NASCAR Race Hub. He has actively broadcasted NASCAR races from FOX Sports.
Awards and Net Worth
In 1991, he was named the Busch Series Rookie of the Year. He received Winston Cup Series ”Rookie of the Year” in 1993. In 1998, he was named one of ‘NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.’ He was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2009, he received the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award. He was even given the Heisman Humanitarian Award.
He is the 3rd richest NASCAR driver in the world. Moreover, his net worth estimates at around $200 million. At the peak of his career, he is expected to earn between USD 20 million and USD 30 million in salary and endorsements. He has amassed at least USD 160 million in winnings alone.
After a Busch race, he met his wife, Brooke Sealey. On 26th November 1994, they married. Brooke, on the other hand, sued for divorce in 2002, accusing Jeff of marital infidelity, and divorced on 13 June 2003.
Aside from his racing career, he founded Jeff Gordon’s Youngsters Foundation to help children with life-threatening conditions. He met Ingrid Vandebosch, and the couple announced their engagement in 2006. They married on 7 November 2006. The couple has two children whose names are Ella Sofia and Leo Benjamin.
He has appeared in a variety of television shows and songs, and has been mentioned in a South Park episode, the film ‘Couples Retreat,’ and the song ‘E.I.’ by Nelly. He also appears on the covers of the video games ”Jeff Gordon XS Racing” and ‘NASCAR Thunder 2002.’ As of now, he is not a part of controversy or rumors and focuses on his career.
Body measurements and Social media
The former NASCAR driver is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 68 kg. Moreover, Jeff has grey eyes with brown hair and there is no more information regarding his other body measurements.
On his Instagram page, there are more than 414k followers. Likewise, there are more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter and he is not active on Facebook.