Chat with Jeff Gordon
Gordon currently sits in 22nd place in the Cup standings.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, driver of NASCAR's No. 24 Chevy Jeff Gordon stops by to chat about the season.
A four-time NASCAR champion, Gordon is third on the all-time wins list with 85. He has three Daytona 500 wins ties him for the third most in history and his four Brickyard 400 wins tops the all-time list.
Gordon, father to two children, and his wife Ingrid Vandebosch are teaming up with the Sounds of Pertussis campaign to bring awareness to the dangers of pertussis, or whooping cough. A key part of the campaign is telling the importance of getting vaccines in both babies and adults.
Send your questions now and join Gordon Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:09 PM)
Jeff Gordon will be here in a few minutes!
Cody Vaughn (Virginia Beach, VA)
Hey Jeff, what has been your favorite paint scheme you have ran in your NASCAR career?
Jeff Gordon (2:13 PM)
It's amazing how many of the fans ask me that question. The real true fans have the casts of their favorites. I like the cars that go to victory lanes. We had the Pepsi You Can Be A Billionaire car that was cool. The one that got away was the special paint DuPont came out with the Superman logo for the Superman movie. We had the race won and we ran out of gas.
Jeff, when did you hear about the TDAP shot and did you get one before or after you joined up with this campaign?
Jeff Gordon (2:15 PM)
Unfortunately, we didn't hear about it soon enough. We were fortunate that our daughter didn't get pertussis, but she could have. We as parents when she was born didn't know that we were not protected and were putting our daughter in jeopardy. We went out as soon as we found out about it to get the shot. And encouraged all of the people that would be around our children to get the shot. When you hold your child for the first time, you hold their care in your hands. When you find out there is something you didn't do or didn't know, I'm just so grateful that I know about it now and can spread the word.
anne lowery (texas)
how diferent was the racing at pocono with the new pavement compared to last years race there ?
Jeff Gordon (2:16 PM)
It was much faster obviously and smoother as most repaves are. But I would say the track raced similar as to the past. There was some fall off to the speed, which to me makes for a better race. There was more passing. I think they did a great job.
Kyle J (Long Beach, CA)
How do you manage the frustration of consistently running good but not getting the finish you deserve?
Jeff Gordon (2:17 PM)
It's been very frustrating. The only thing that's gotten us through is we're running up front, leading laps and bringing good cars to the track. It encourages you to put that race behind you. With the Chase, it allows us to know that we're never out of it. We still have a great shot of getting in. We have a great shot of winning races. We won't stop until we do that.
Darren Shaw (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
I'll be at the Michigan race this weekend, and I'm looking forward to the high speeds that the newly paved track promises. Is there any concern that MIS could be too fast after the change?
Jeff Gordon (2:18 PM)
I did the tire test there and it is extremely fast. It's going to be in the 90s this weekend. You have to put your faith in the equipment and the safety features out there. You have to rely on your abilities. It's not a track that I'm going to want to have a problem or hit someone. We're going to hit some high speeds. You have to have some respect for it.
Robert MacDonald (Nova Scotia)
Has working with Alan changed from last year to this year? Do you understand each other better?
Jeff Gordon (2:20 PM)
Yeah. I feel like we've really grown together. You bond the most when you go through the tough times. It's great to win and we want to win, but sometimes you want to climb that mountain. At times it can be rocky, when you come out of it, and I know we're going to come out of this, we get along well. I really like the way he approaches the car, the set up. That's getting us through this right now, the communication and the belief we have in one another and the team.
Matt (Sterling Heights, MI)
Jeff, in the last few years your charitable efforts have become more and more known. The Drive to End Hunger and now the Sounds of Pertussis campaigns are just a few. Is it at all humbling knowing that different organizations trust you to be their spokesman, and has your daily life changed at all because of it? Thanks, and good luck in the Irish Hills this weekend!
Jeff Gordon (2:22 PM)
Absolutely. I think the most important life lessons and experiences have come from working with these organizations. How precious life is and how you have to appreciate it every day. There is so much of their life, especially their health, is in your hands and yet so much is out of your control. In my life racing has been so good to me and because of that it's given me the opportunity to give back and make a difference with children and to help save lives. That's very humbling to me and I'm very thankful to get recognition for that. Now, as a parent, it's so much more important to me, because now I understand more, not completely, what they're going through. Knowing the love I have for my children, it only makes the work that much more important.
Joshua P (Cincinnati, OH)
Who do you, as a driver in the garage, feel like is the driver to beat for the championship at this point in the season?
Jeff Gordon (2:23 PM)
It's wide open at this point.Early on I would have said someone like Greg Biffle. Dale Jr. has shown incredible consistency this year. Jimmie Johnson comes on and wins a couple of races. You still can't count out Tony Stewart. It's really hard to say.
Tim Redpath (San Francisco)
I understand you follow and enjoy F1- wondering if you have a favorite driver/team? Thank you.
Jeff Gordon (2:25 PM)
I think when it comes to racing, because I'm a driver, I look at things different than the average fan. I don't pick favorites. I like to pull for the underdog. That's true in all sports, except when it comes to football, I grew up a 49ers fan. I just want to see a great race, just like what happened in Montreal this weekend. I didn't get to watch it live, I had to DVR it, but strategy came through and there are a lot of great drivers out there.
Ann Myers (Shelbyville, IN)
How bad do you want to win that 5th Brickyard?
Jeff Gordon (2:26 PM)
Very bad. I felt like it slipped away from us last year. We had the car to beat and Paul Menard won it. I feel like as good as our cars are this year, we have the ability to have a fast car there. Alan and his group really excel on the flatter tracks. I hope we get ourselves the same chance as last year. It would be really sweet to get No. 5.
Jeff Gordon (2:27 PM)
I encourage everyone to go to Sounds of Pertussis Facebook page and help take Pertussis out of the picture.
Buzzmaster (2:27 PM)
Thanks for chatting Jeff!