Jeff Gordon's three Hendrick Motorsports teammates will honor him in his 797th and final start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Gordon will be one of four drivers fighting for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, but as we all know, the race will also mark the end of his legendary career.
Gordon has raced with the now iconic yellow No. 24 on the door of his car from the very start of his career in 1992. In honor of the veteran driver, the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson, the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 5 of Kasey Kahne have been turned yellow for the season finale in a tribute to the NASCAR icon.
“The fans of the No. 48 car will be so happy to see the return of the yellow numbers, and I know Mr. Hendrick is going to be excited because he will be able to see the cars better with all the numbers being the same. (laughs) On a serious note, it’s just a great tribute to Jeff and all he has done for this organization and even for me personally.
"If it wasn’t for him, I might not be where I am today. I think it’s going to be really cool-looking for all of the teammates to run the yellow and a fitting tribute to a true champion.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“Jeff has done so much for this sport over the years that I personally like to see the respect and appreciation that he has been shown throughout the season, especially as it has ramped up toward the end of the year. He deserves every bit of it. I think that with everything going on with the Chase and all of the excitement in the sport today, I would just hate for his accomplishments and what he’s meant to the sport to be overshadowed in any way, so I think it’s a great way to tip the cap to him in Homestead with the yellow numbers.
"I think everyone genuinely has appreciated what he’s lent to the sport as a driver but also Hendrick Motorsports and what he has made of the company. He’s really helped Rick a lot, bring the company along and improve the company to what it is today. He’s been a huge part of that. A lot of people were involved with making Hendrick Motorsports what it is, but Jeff’s had a huge hand in that and I think it’s great for the company and the drivers to acknowledge his last ride.”
“I’m excited to run the yellow numbers for a lot of reasons. I want to show my respect for Jeff and what he has accomplished as a driver as well as what he has done for the entire sport. He was my favorite driver growing up. It’s been an honor to be his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports. He's just been one of those guys that I've always really admired and looked up to.
"What he's done for open-wheel racers, what he's done for any racer, NASCAR, people, the fans – he's just an unbelievable guy. I’m going to miss him as a teammate. I know running his iconic yellow numbers at Homestead will be a great way to honor him and show him my respect as he makes his last start. He will always be one of the greatest drivers of all time. He’s as good as it gets.”