Jeff Gordon Named First Quarter NASCAR USG Person of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 4, 2004) -- Through his personal foundation, Jeff Gordon has been able to donate nearly $500,000 to local and national charities this year. In addition to his charitable contributions to Riley Hospital for Children, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Lung Association of North Carolina and The Victory Junction Gang Camp., Gordon taped a Public Service Announcement for The Hendrick Marrow Foundation, visited Walter Reed Military Hospital, continued working with the "Get Real Behind the Wheel" teen automotive safety program and the "Get Caught Reading" campaign.

For all those efforts, Gordon has been named the 2004 First Quarter NASCAR USG Person of the Year.

"It's an honor to receive the first quarter nomination," Gordon said. "As much as I enjoy winning races, it's especially gratifying to be recognized for what we've been able to accomplish off the track.

The Jeff Gordon Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Hendrick Marrow Foundation. The foundation has also partnered with Sesame Street for the special 35th anniversary Sesame Street die casts that will benefit both the foundation and the Sesame Workshop's educational initiatives.

"The success of the special edition Monte Carlo raffle exceeded all of our expectations, as well as our partnership with Sesame Street. And the best part is great organizations like The Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Victory Junction Gang Camp are the real benefactors."

USG (United States Gypsum), an Official Promotional Partner of NASCAR, is in its second year as sponsor of the NASCAR USG Person of the Year program. The award is designed to honor drivers not only for their accomplishments on the track, but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts.

To determine the NASCAR USG Person of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season has been divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. A select group of panelists will choose one of the four quarterly finalists as the NASCAR USG Person of the Year. This award will be presented the week of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York City, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his/her choice. Other notable nominees were Ricky Craven, the 2003 NASCAR USG Person of the Year, and Jamie McMurray.

In addition to the NASCAR USG Person of the Year, USG also sponsors the Driver of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible winning driver of each of the 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship events. Each USG Driver of the Race Award winner receives $2,500 with an additional $2,500 going to the charity of his/her choice.