Four-time NASCAR CUP SERIES champion Jeff Gordon, one of the most iconic names in racing and pop culture, returns to FOX NASCAR in 2017 as a race analyst for the second consecutive year. Gordon, who sits third on NASCAR’s all-time wins list with 93 victories, calls MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES races for FOX NASCAR alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip.
The California native, one of the most versatile drivers of his era, is credited with helping take NASCAR mainstream in the 1990s. Gordon changed the face of NASCAR, shattering stereotypes and drawing legions of new fans with his talent, poise and polished appearance that also made the sport attractive to Madison Avenue. In his 23 years of full-time Cup Series competition, Gordon served as one of NASCAR’s most effective and committed ambassadors.
Gordon drove for Hendrick Motorsports for his entire Cup Series tenure, from November 1992 through November 2015, winning four Cup Series championships (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001), 93 races and 81 pole positions, and scoring 325 top-five and 475 top-10 finishes. With his first title in 1995, Gordon became the youngest champion (24) in NASCAR’s modern era in only his third full season. After retiring from full-time competition in November 2015 as one of only a few athletes to step away at the pinnacle of their respective sports, Gordon returned in late 2016 for eight Cup Series events as a substitute driver for former teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was recovering from a concussion.
Gordon ranks third behind only NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) in all-time victories, is a three-time DAYTONA 500 champion and record five-time BRICKYARD 400 winner. Gordon holds the record for most consecutive seasons with a pole (23), among numerous other accolades. Furthermore, he is NASCAR’s winningest road-course driver with nine wins and is the all-time leader with 12 restrictor-plate track victories. In September 2015, Gordon set a record for most consecutive starts with his 789th race, breaking Ricky Rudd’s mark of 788 and joining the “iron man” company of legends such as Cal Ripken Jr. and Brett Favre. Gordon, who was named one of “NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998, tallied 797 consecutive starts, a journey that began with the 1992 season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway as Petty brought his racing career to a close.
In preparation for his role as FOX NASCAR analyst, Gordon served as a race analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of three NASCAR XFINITY SERIES in 2015. His move to the FOX booth furthered a career in which his affability and crossover appeal provided him numerous high-profile television and movie opportunities that include: becoming the only auto racing driver ever to host Saturday Night Live; co-hosting Live! With Regis and Kelly more than 10 times; appearances as himself on The Simpsons, Spin City and The Drew Carey Show; movie appearances in Taxi, Herbie: Fully Loaded and Looney Tunes: Back in Action; TV appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Sesame Street; and participation on television’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Sports Edition, among others. Gordon also voiced the character “Jeff Gorvette” in the animated film Cars 2.
In January 2017, Gordon became the first NASCAR Cup Series champion to win overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona and only the fourth driver in history to win the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500, joining the elite company of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Jamie McMurray. In his second appearance in the Rolex 24, Gordon co-drove the No. 10 Cadillac for Wayne Taylor Racing in the debut race for the brand-new Cadillac DPi-V.R. The endurance classic marked Gordon’s return to sports cars for the first time since 2007, when he also competed for Wayne Taylor Racing, notching a third-place finish.
Off the track, Gordon established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation in 1999, which supports pediatric cancer research, treatment and patient support programs and has granted more than $16.5 million to support children battling cancer. Additionally, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation provides support to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C., which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty pediatric care to all of their patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation provided $1.75 million to establish the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence (BCCE). Working in collaboration with Partners in Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, BCCE opened its doors in July 2012 and has treated more than 5,000 patients who otherwise would have no access to care. The country now boasts one of the highest-achieving cancer programs on the continent and is the only rural cancer center in East Africa. In 2011, Gordon was invited by President Bill Clinton to join the Clinton Global Initiative. The Clinton Global Initiative convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.
Gordon was honored with the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Award in 2012, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of stock-car racing. That same year, he received the Heisman Humanitarian Award, established to recognize those in sports who give significantly to communities and improve the lives of others.
At the industry’s December 2015 NASCAR Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas, Gordon’s final as a full-time driver, actor and friend Tom Cruise surprised Gordon and introduced him on-stage preceding Gordon’s receipt of the illustrious Bill France Award of Excellence and his final speech as a driver.
Born Aug. 4, 1971, in Vallejo, Calif., Gordon grew up in Pittsboro, Ind. He currently resides in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, daughter Ella and son Leo. For more information on Gordon, please visit http://jeffgordon.com/ or follow him on Twitter at @JeffGordonWeb.