Jeff Gordon’s Pepsi NASCAR Busch Series car from 1999 to sell at Barrett-Jackson

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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.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).