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.
Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.
“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”
Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.
The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.
Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.
Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.
Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.
Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.
Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”