Interested in owning a piece of racing memorabilia at one of the nation’s top auctions? Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham are making it happen.
Gordon didn’t run many races in the NASCAR Busch Series – now XFINITY Series – when he was in the midst of sweeping through the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) ranks in the 1990s.
But in 1999, he returned to the Busch Series for the first time since his formative years that ended in 1992, driving in a six-race deal in the No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Gordon finished fourth or better in four of the six races, including a final string of second, second and first at Michigan, Charlotte and Phoenix that year.
The Phoenix win was particularly special for Gordon as it marked his first stock car win at that track, even before he won there on a Cup level.
That 1999 Monte Carlo will go up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale as Lot #3007 later this month. Gordon outlined details in a couple tweets earlier Tuesday.
It will be auctioned off to support the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, whose mission is to fund medical research dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.
Most cars at the Barrett-Jackson sell at no reserve, which means bidders don’t have to meet a certain threshold for the car to sell. This car is no exception.
Throughout the years, there have been a handful of race cars that have crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block. This one’s the latest, and will go for a good cause.
It will also rekindle memories of then-28-year-old Jeff Gordon, who of course is now 43 but still at the top of his game.
Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.
Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.
He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.
“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”
Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.
In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”
Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.
Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.