Jeff Gordon is a retired professional stock car racing driver, with an estimated net worth of $200 Million. He raced from 1993 to 2015, driving the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the former NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He is also regarded as one of the most influential drivers in NASCAR history, helping the sport reach mainstream popularity.
|Full Name||Jeffery Michael Gordon|
|Date of Birth||August 4, 1971|
|Net worth||$200 Million|
Jeff Gordon was born in Vallejo, California Carol Ann Bickford (née Houston), and William Grinnell Gordon of Vacaville, California. His parents got divorced when he was six months old, leading his mother into another marriage, with John Bickford in the 1970s.
When Jeff was four years old, his stepfather bought him a BMX bike, and began racing quarter midgets at the age of five. By the age of six, he had won 35 main events and set five track records. In 1979 Jeff won 51 quarter midget races and won all 25 of the karting races he entered at the age of 11.
Jeff attended Tri-West Hendricks High School and was on the school’s cross-country team until he graduated in 1989. In 1986, Gordon began racing sprint cars, winning three races. The following year, Gordon was awarded a USAC license at age 16, the youngest driver to do so
During the 1980s, he drove in the World of Outlaws series and picked up some feature wins. He became the youngest driver in the World of Outlaws at the time. He also won races at Bloomington and Eldora Speedways. Before the age of 18, Gordon had already won three short-track races and was awarded USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year in 1989. In 1991, Gordon captured the USAC Silver Crown, and at the age of 20 became the youngest driver to win the season championship. He also won the 4 Crown Nationals midget car race that season.
Jeff Gordon began his professional racing career in the Busch Series with Hugh Connerty Racing, followed by Bill Davis Racing, winning three races, and began racing full-time in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in 1993. He is a four-time Cup Series champion, having won the title in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001.
Jeff was the youngest driver to win a NASCAR title, being 24 years old by the end of the 1995 season. He also won the Daytona 500 three times in 1997, 1999, and 2005. Jeff has completed three career Grand Slams and has won a total of sixteen Crown Jewel races (three Daytona 500s, four Talladega 500s, three Coca-Cola 600s, and six Southern 500s), both of which are all-time records.
Jeff Gordon is third on the all-time Cup wins list with 93 career wins, while having the record for the most wins in NASCAR’s modern era (1972–present) and the most wins in one modern era season, with 13 during the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His 81 pole positions led all active drivers and are third all-time, and also a modern era record; Gordon won at least one pole in 23 consecutive seasons, making this a NASCAR record.
Honors and Accolades
Jeff Gordon is a recipient of numerous honors and accolades, but most notably, he was one of the 50 Greatest Drivers by NASCAR in 1998. In 2008, ESPN ranked him 10th in the 25 Greatest Drivers of All-Time. Foxsports.com named him the fifth-best NASCAR driver of all time. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019.
He is also a recipient of the Pat O’Connor Award in 1992; Jerry Titus Memorial in 1995, 1998, and 2001; Richard Petty Driver of the Year in 1995 and 1998 and an inductee of the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009 and Legends of The Glen in 2011.
Jeff Gordon’s Net Worth
Jeff Gordon has an estimated net worth of $200 million, making him one of the richest car racers in the world. As of 2016, he was one of the highest-paid NASCAR drivers ever and the 18th highest-paid athlete of all time with $515 million in career earnings, according to Forbes.
Like many successful athletes, Jeff has numerous endorsement deals and business ventures to complement his earnings from NASCAR. Prior to his sponsorship with Pepsi, Gordon had been sponsored by Coca-Cola. He has also been sponsored by Kellogg Company, Frito-Lay, Edy’s, and Ray-Ban.
Jeff Gordon owns JG Motorsports to manage licensing, and the company received up to 20 percent of Gordon-licensed products. Such items produced $112 million in 1998. He also owns a dealership, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, located in Wilmington, North Carolina, and was opened in 1998.
Jeff is currently the Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsports. He alongside Rick Hendrick, co-owns the No. 48 Chevrolet previously driven by Jimmie Johnson. He also has an equity stake in the No. 24 teams.