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.
This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.
Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.