INDIANAPOLIS — NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will drive the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 pace car to lead the field to the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on July 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon will return in the pace car to the historic 2.5-mile oval at IMS, where he is the only driver to win the Brickyard 400 five times (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014).
Gordon, a California native who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana, has served as a NASCAR analyst for FOX Sports since retiring full time from the Cup Series after the 2015 season.
He competed in the 2016 Brickyard 400 for Hendrick Motorsports, as part of a limited schedule while serving as a replacement for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“It’s hard to believe this is the 24th running of the Brickyard 400,” Gordon said. “This has been a very special race over the years – for me and NASCAR. Winning at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a dream of mine as a kid. I’m excited to lead the field to green at this year’s Brickyard 400, and I appreciate Doug Boles and Chevrolet for giving me this opportunity.”
Gordon’s 23-year career in the Cup Series was one of the greatest in NASCAR history. His five Brickyard 400 victories and three Daytona 500 victories are among the 93 Cup Series wins he earned during his career, third on the all-time list. His four season championships stand fourth on the all-time NASCAR list.
His career received a huge boost when he won the inaugural Brickyard 400 on Aug. 6, 1994 at IMS. It was the first race for vehicles other than open-wheel cars at the facility since 1909, and the first race of any kind at IMS other than the Indianapolis 500 since 1916.
Gordon competed in the first 23 Brickyard 400 races, with five victories, three poles and 17 top-10 finishes.
“Jeff Gordon is one of the greatest drivers to ever compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we’re honored to welcome him back to pace the 24th annual Brickyard 400,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “It’s only fitting Jeff will be out front and leading, a place where the fans of this great race are accustomed to seeing him.”
CREDIT: Team Chevy