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.”

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.”

24 9 hours ago
Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on more

​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.

NASCAR Introduces Special Paint Scheme Elements
For Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ Championship Contenders
New Color Schemes Celebrate Members of the Chase Grid

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 15, 2014) – Celebrating the accomplishments of those drivers who will contend for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, NASCAR has released several new elements to the paint schemes of race cars making the 16-driver Chase Grid. Continue reading “Make The Chase? Shiny New Paint For You!”

gordon_mis24Hendrick Motorsports failed to place a driver among the top 25 in June’s visit to Michigan International Speedway and that could portend further trouble for four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, whose Chase hopes took a big hit with an early-race accident and 36th-place finish at Watkins Glen. Gordon dropped four positions – ninth to 13th – and stands 15 points outside the top 10 with four races remaining before the Chase lineup is set. Gordon is a two-time Michigan winner but not since his 2001 championship season. He was 39th in June, an accident victim along with teammate Kasey Kahne.

Photo: Jeff Gordon’s #24 Paint Scheme for Michigan this weekend