Four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion
Founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, one of the most iconic names in racing and pop culture, joined FOX NASCAR in 2016 as a full-time race analyst. The California native, one of the most versatile drivers of his era, is credited with helping take NASCAR mainstream in the 1990s. Gordon changed the face of NASCAR, which also made the sport attractive to Madison Avenue. In his 23 years of full-time Cup Series competition, Gordon served as one of NASCAR’s most effective and committed ambassadors.
With his first title in 1995, Gordon became the youngest champion (24) in NASCAR’s modern era in only his third full season. Gordon retired with 797 consecutive starts, a journey that began with the 1992 season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway as Petty brought his racing career to a close.
Gordon, who sits third on NASCAR’s all-time wins list with 93 victories, stepped into the FOX NASCAR booth alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip only three months after his final NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES start in the legendary No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Gordon’s sixth-place effort in his final race secured a third-place finish in the series standings, making him one of only a few athletes to retire at the pinnacle of their respective sport.
Off the track, Gordon, named one of “NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998, established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation in 1999, which supports pediatric cancer research, treatment and patient support programs and has granted more than $16.5 million to support children battling cancer. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation provided primary funding to establish the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital (JGCH) in Concord, N.C. In addition to the 28-bed pediatric floor JGCH also includes the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and Pediatric Pavilion.
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation provided $1.75 million to establish the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence (BCCE). Working in collaboration with Partners in Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, BCCE opened its doors in July 2012 and has treated more than 5,000 patients who otherwise would have no access to care. The country now boasts one of the highest-achieving cancer programs on the continent and is the only rural cancer center in East Africa. In 2011, Gordon was invited by President Bill Clinton to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The Clinton Global Initiative convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.
Gordon was honored with the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Award in 2012, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of stock-car racing. That same year, he received the Heisman Humanitarian Award, established to recognize those in sports who give significantly to communities and improve the lives of others. At the December 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas, Gordon’s final as a driver, actor and friend Tom Cruise surprised Gordon and introduced him on-stage preceding Gordon’s receipt of the illustrious Bill France Award of Excellence and his final speech as a driver.