There was much fanfare surrounding Jeff Gordon’s final NASCAR race in Homestead Miami last year. This ended up posing a problem for me. Gordon was by far and away my favorite NASCAR driver. He was much more than just your classic good ol boy making left turns all day. He raced a Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24. He impressed many when he drove a Williams BMW F1 car around the Indianapolis road course. I loved that about him. Its the reason I rooted for him and why I was sad to see him go.
Gordon may be done driving his famous #24 Chevy, but he may not be done driving a race car. In a recent interview with Reuters Gordon revealed there is one race on his bucket list that he would like to compete in. The race in question is the 24 hours of Le Mans. “I’ve always said that if the right opportunity came along I would like to,” Gordon told Reuters. “When it comes to competing and racing I don’t take it for granted of what it takes to be competitive.”
So what would be a possible drive for the 4 time NASCAR champ? As anyone who follows NASCAR will tell you, Jeff Gordon is a Chevy man. He still has close ties to Chevrolet which makes Corvette Racing the obvious choice. All of Corvette race seats are taken for 2016 which makes 2017 the earliest possible race for Gordon.
Gordon is not one to go into something with a half hearted effort. If he is going to Race at Le Mans hes going all in. “I wouldn’t do any (type) racing if I couldn’t fully prepare for and I couldn’t bring something to that team to enhance the their chances of winning,” said Gordon in the Reuters interview. “If I feel healthy enough with my back. Physically fit enough to handle the (high gravity forces) … make the lap times. It would be definitely be the goal.” Gordon’s primary reason to retire was to spend more time with his family. However lingering back issues also played a key factor in his retirement.
I’m going to be straight with you, Jeff Gordon in Corvette Velocity Yellow would be awesome. Seeing him thunder a Corvette down Mulsanne would be epic. I really want this to happen. Here’s hoping he can get into the physical shape required to make it a reality.