INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Gordon could win the Brickyard 400 on his own day.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declared Sunday, July 27, as Jeff Gordon Day. The four-time NASCAR champion was honored in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of winning the inaugural Brickyard 400. He won three more times to share the mark for most NASCAR victories at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Gordon also was recognized for his charity work in Indianapolis, which included a bowling tournament to raise money for the Riley Hospital for Children on Thursday night. Gordon has raised more than $3.5 million for the hospital and recently contributed $1.5 million to establish the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund.
Ballard read a proclamation at IMS in Gordon’s honor.
“I just hope my competitors are respectful of this on Sunday, sort of move out of the way,” Gordon said, laughing.
Speedway President Doug Boles presented Gordon with the number 24 from the recently removed scoring pylon at the track. The pylon had stood at the track for all 20 Brickyards before it was replaced after the Indianapolis 500.
“My life changed forever when we won this race,” Gordon said. “(I) couldn’t walk in anywhere without somebody saying, `Hey, didn’t you win that race in Indianapolis?’”