Gordon Set for Third Induction into Speedway's Walk of Fame DUPONT CHEVROLET TEAM HAS GREAT HISTORY AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FONTANA, Calif. (February 22, 2005) --- When the words Jeff Gordon and California Speedway are put together, success and...
Gordon Set for Third Induction into Speedway's Walk of Fame
DUPONT CHEVROLET TEAM HAS GREAT HISTORY AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY
FONTANA, Calif. (February 22, 2005) --- When the words Jeff Gordon and California Speedway are put together, success and wins are sure to follow. There's no question about it, the driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, who just won his third Daytona 500 in the 2005 season-opener, has written the book on how to conquer the 2-mile, D-shaped oval.
In nine starts, the Vallejo, Calif. native has captured three wins (1997, 1999 and 2004), one pole (1998), five top-5 finishes, and prior to an engine failure in last September's race, he finished no worse than 16th in a Cup race at the Southern California oval. He leads the way with the best average starting position of 11.88 and average finishing position of 9.33.
Gordon has tattooed his name all over the record books at California Speedway. He's led the most career laps, 412 for a total of 30 times. As the only NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver to break into the $1 million mark from race winnings at the track, Gordon has done so by completing all race miles seven times for a total of 4,416 competitive miles notched.
The four-time NASCAR Champion is successful at California Speedway because he understands the track and what it takes to get the job done.
"It is a very fast race track with fairly flat turns and the track continues to gain character through some of the bumps and dips and some of the things that are out there, the groove it continues to widen," he said. "You carry a lot of speed into the entrances of the corners. So trying to get the car comfortable and carry the speeds in the corner and then having enough to carry the momentum through the corner is really important."
As with his two previous wins, and all California Speedway NASCAR NEXTEL Cup winners, Gordon will be inducted into the speedway's Walk of Fame for his victory in last year's Auto Club 500. The ceremony, which will feature Gordon placing his footprints, signature and a bronze placard with his likeness into cement, will take place at Gate 12 on Saturday, February 26 at 11:15 a.m., before NEXTEL Cup qualifying.
Come see Gordon shine all weekend long at California Speedway during the Auto Club 500 weekend on February 25-27. Tickets for the weekend are on sale and start as low as $30. For more information, call 800-944-RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.