CPiq11zUcAASs1lCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jeff Gordon has the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup to focus on, but the final race of his legendary Cup career looms.

With 2015 marking Gordon’s final full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Homestead-Miami Speedway will truly be his grand finale.

And Tuesday evening on FOX Sports 1, Gordon revealed the special Axalta paint scheme that will adorn his No. 24 Chevrolet SS for the occasion.

“It’ll be a big event for me – pretty emotional as well,” Gordon said. “But our sponsors wanted to do something a little special as well. So we’re going to look a little different in Homestead.”

Gordon said he was impressed with the scheme that will close out his final full-time campaign.

“You know I can’t be out there on the racetrack in the Axalta car without some flames, so we’ve got to keep the flames,” he smiled. “But I love the silver. That is a sharp-looking race car.”

And it wouldn’t bother Gordon to go out on top driving the new scheme.

“There are still nine more races left to go to try and win this championship and I’m certainly extremely encouraged based on how Chicago went – even though we didn’t finish well, we ran extremely good,” he said.

But no matter what, Homestead will be a celebration for the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet SS.

“During that race and after that race it is only going to be a celebration,” he said. “It has been an amazing career. I just never dreamed in a million years that it would have gone the way that it has and while I’m just stepping out of it there will definitely be tears – they will all be tears of joy looking ahead at the future.”

History Lesson: A Nod To The Greats
The concept of a “throwback weekend” could not become a reality without cars that look the part. To that end, a majority of teams are adopting retro paint schemes this weekend with classic designs and logos.

Here’s a look at some of the paint schemes that pay homage to cars from years past.

Brad Keselowski – No. 2 Miller Lite Ford
The Miller High Life scheme is a throwback to NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison’s 1983 championship season.

Austin Dillon – No. 3 American Ethanol Ford
Dillon’s colors this week honor grandfather – and team owner – Richard Childress, who started 285 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as a driver.

Kasey Kahne – No. 5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevrolet
The No. 5 paint scheme honors the No. 5 All-Star Racing Chevrolet driven by Geoffrey Bodine in 1984, Rick Hendrick’s first year in NASCAR.

Trevor Bayne – No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Bayne’s car is a tribute to the 1998 No. 6 Ford driven by Mark Martin to a career-high seven wins.

Sam Hornish Jr. – No. 9 Winn Dixie Ford
Winn Dixie joins Hornish with a scheme reminiscent of the one Mark Martin drove to Victory Lane 39 times in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Denny Hamlin – No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota
The red-and-white paint scheme is similar to the No. 11 driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough in the 1970s.

Clint Bowyer – No. 15 Buddy Baker Tribute Toyota
This hand-painted scheme is the same as the No. 15 driven by Buddy Baker in 1974.

lowesthrowbackRicky Stenhouse Jr. ­– No. 17 Cargill Ford
The No. 17 is a replica of the No. 17 driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson for Holman-Moody from 1968-71, when he won two of his three championships.

Jeb Burton – No. 23 Estes Toyota
Burton’s paint scheme honors the colors his father Ward drove to victory in the 2001 Southern 500 and 2002 Daytona 500.

Chase Elliott – No. 25 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
The design of the No. 25 honors Elliott’s NASCAR Hall of Fame dad, Bill, and the car in which he won the Winston Million in 1985.

Josh Wise – No. 32 Corvetteparts.net Ford
Wise will run the paint scheme used by Ricky Craven when he beat Kurt Busch in the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington in the closest race in NASCAR history. It was also the last time the No. 32 visited Victory Lane.

Landon Cassill – No. 40 #Snap Honor Chevrolet
Sterling Marlin ran this “Proud to be an American” paint scheme in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

Kurt Busch – No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet
Busch honors car owner Gene Haas’ first paint scheme, with driver Jack Sprague in 2002.

Kyle Larson – No. 42 Mello Yello Chevrolet
The iconic Mello Yello paint scheme was originally featured in “Days of Thunder” and later run by Kyle Petty.

Aric Almirola – No. 43 STP Ford
Almirola’s sponsor and colors honor boss Richard Petty, and his 1972 Plymouth – the first year of the historic pairing.

Justin Allgaier – No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet
Allgaier’s red paint scheme is a nod to racing legend A.J. Foyt’s car driven in the 1970s.

David Ragan – No. 55 Ol’ Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota
Ragan is honoring his father Ken with a paint scheme he raced in 1987.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet
The Valvoline paint scheme honors one driven by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough in the early 1980s, including his 1982 Southern 500 win.

24C15_Axalta_Rainbow_Throwback_3Q-HighINSIDENEW YORK – After months of waiting, the moment finally came – Jeff Gordon revealed that he will once again drive a Chevrolet featuring the iconic rainbow paint scheme that kicked off his NASCAR Cup Series career.

The No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS will hit the track for the Aug. 22 night race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It is such an iconic paint scheme,” Gordon said while revealing the car on CBS This Morning. “It is when I got introduced to NASCAR with – now Axalta, used to be DuPont – they are the ones who came out with this bright-colored paint scheme and the fans love it.”

Gordon said he noticed right away that the scheme resonated with a certain segment of his fan base.

“Especially young fans, they were attracted to this car because it was so bright it always stood out,” he noted.

But fans of all ages were celebrating the return of the scheme – within minutes, #Rainbow24 was a trending topic throughout the United States on Twitter.

“I know they love it,” Gordon smiled. “The reason why we are bringing it out is because Twitter, Facebook and social media — they want this car out on the track.

“So it is exciting for them, exciting for us and for me to get to drive it again – it has been a long time, since 2000.”

CIvym3tW8AA9fzRGordon won three of his Cup championships driving the rainbow paint scheme, and now in his final full-time Sprint Cup season with the car making a triumphant return, he wouldn’t mind going out on top once again.

“I want to go out still being competitive,” he said. “I’d like to be a little more competitive than we’ve been this year, but we still have a lot of races left to go and I feel confident we’ve got a team that we can end on top.”

“Thank you for letting us unveil this car to the fans,” Gordon said. “I know they are thrilled about it.”

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​Rainbow returns for Jeff Gordon

NEW YORK – It’s back.

At long last, thanks to Axalta, Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS will once again sport the iconic rainbow paint scheme.

gordon_rainbowTuesday on “CBS This Morning,” Gordon broke the news, unveiling the Axalta Chevrolet SS in New York.

He will race the special Axalta car at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 22.

To celebrate the scheme’s return, let’s take a look at the rainbow Chevy – which Gordon drove from his very first start in 1992 through the 2000 season — by the numbers.

1: Rookie of the Year trophy

1: All-Star Race victory

3: Cup Series championships

17: Different tracks where Gordon earned at least one win in the rainbow scheme

33: Pole positions earned

52: Trips to Victory Lane

129: Top-five finishes

166: Top-10s recorded

10,708: Total laps led

1,000,000: Dollars earned for winning the Daytona 500, Charlotte 600 and Southern 500 in 1997.

With the scheme revealed, we’re less than two months until the #Rainbow24 returns to the track one final time.