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Despite Owning a Machine Worth Nearly $200,000, Jeff Gordon Claims He Was Never a Car Guy

Published 05/27/2023, 9:40 PM EDT

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Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon is easily among the most-respected persons in the NASCAR community. He has had the honor of battling against a number of legends like Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, and many more. It’s understandable that in his highly successful career, he must have amassed a fortune. And even after retirement, he has always been hard at work at the top level as the Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsports. However, despite his profession as a racing driver, he is not particularly a machine maniac.

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Jeff Gordon made an odd confession

In a recent interview with Scott Fowler from the Charlotte Observer, Gordon said, “I do get to be involved in the competition some, more in the role of supporting the Hendrick teams. And I still do like to get out on the race track. I’ve become more of a car guy actually the last few years.”


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“Throughout my whole career, I didn’t really collect cars. And I didn’t even really own a sports car, except every once in a while maybe a Corvette. But the last two or three years, that’s all I’m getting. I do have one of the new Corvettes and I have a Porsche GT3.”


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Jeff Gordon is fairly proud of his Hendrick Motorsports team

The former driver must undoubtedly be happy with his quartet of drivers and their performance on the track. After all, Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson snatched a Cup Series title each in 2020 and 2021. Hendrick Motorsports is regarded as one of the strongest teams, and for very good reason.

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Elliott and Larson are the best, but William Byron and Alex Bowman are no slouches either. The HMS talent pool is also pretty vast, and despite Elliott and Bowman missing out on quite a few races, and the heavy penalties levied on NASCAR, HMS is still very much at the top.

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To be precise, Josh Berry was roped in as an injury substitute for Elliott, and later, for Bowman. The 32-year-old has proven his mettle, with a career-best finish of 2nd place at the Richmond Raceway. He also boasts of two Top 10 finishes in Phoenix and Dover. Now, rumor has it that he is being eyed for a full-time seat at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2024, but that’s another story.


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As mentioned before, the recent spate of injuries must have been tough for the team. They were fairly fortunate to be able to have drivers on standby in the case of such an eventuality. However, it has obviously been a headache, especially when it was first sprung on them, courtesy of Chase Elliott. When Bowman got injured, it was fortunate that Elliott was back, so HMS was better prepared.


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However, one has to wonder whether Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick would continue to allow non-NASCAR activities, especially racing in other series. So far, they have been pretty tolerant, and the drivers will be firmly aware that their physical fitness is as important for them as it is for the team.



Dhruv George

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