Jeff Gordon talks Brickyard 400 victory on The Dan Patrick Show (VIDEO)

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Restarts have not always been kind to Jeff Gordon in recent years. And earlier in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the four-time Sprint Cup champion had struggled on those, losing valuable positions on a track where passing can be scarce for stock cars.

Perhaps that was why, despite having a car capable of victory, he had some trepidation as one more restart loomed with 17 laps left.

“…My restarts had been just terrible all day and it came down to that final restart – and I can tell you, I did not have a tremendous amount of confidence going into that final restart,” Gordon said this morning on The Dan Patrick Show.

But Gordon managed to make the outside lane work and go around Kasey Kahne to take the lead. It was the moment of the race, as Gordon motored away and became the first five-time NASCAR winner at Indy.

In addition to talking about the race with Patrick, Gordon addressed other topics such as the first skills to “go” as a driver ages, whether he’d allow his young daughter to become a NASCAR racer, and if he’ll ever rock a mustache again as he did earlier in his career.

You can watch the full interview in the clip above. Remember to tune in to The Dan Patrick Show every weekday morning at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

F1 2017 driver review: Sergio Perez

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Sergio Perez

Team: Sahara Force India
Car No.: 11
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P4 (Spain)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 100
Championship Position: 7th

While failing to hit the podium as he did in both 2015 and 2016, Sergio Perez once again finished the year as Formula 1’s leading midfield team driver, but faced a greater fight from within Force India in the shape of Esteban Ocon.

Perez has long been knocking on the door of F1’s top teams should an opportunity come up, and 2017 saw him continue his solid if unspectacular form. The dominance of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari meant any finish higher than seventh was impressive, something he managed to do on five occasions.

But there were some missed opportunities along the way, most significantly in Baku. Force India had been quick all weekend, with Perez charging to sixth on the grid, and when drama struck at the front, he and teammate Ocon were eyeing a podium finish as a minimum.

Contact between the two forced Perez to retire and prompted Ocon to pit for repairs, leaving the team without the top-three finish it targeted heading into the season. With Lance Stroll taking P3 for Williams and Daniel Ricciardo winning the race, a maiden victory for Force India was not out of the realm of imagination.

Perez and Ocon came to blows on a number of occasions, with the final straw coming in Spa when they twice touched on-track, prompting Force India to introduce team orders. Perez finished the year 13 points clear of Ocon in the final standings, meeting his own pre-season target of 100 points, yet the Frenchman had arguably made the bigger impression at Force India through his first full season in F1.

Force India remains the top underdog in F1 with Perez spearheading its charge, but it is difficult to see either taking the final step to becoming true contenders at the front of the field anytime soon, as solid as their displays have been.

Season High: P4 in Spain after retirements for the ‘big three’.

Season Low: Losing a sure-fire podium, if not a win, in Baku after contact with Ocon.