Jeff Gordon won a Winston
Cup record $10,879,757 in 2001 as he elevated
himself to motorsports' all-time money winner.
He also punctuated his season with a series-leading
six Bud Pole Awards.
- 2001 victories Kmart 400, UAW-DaimlerChrysler
400 at Las Vegas, MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover,
Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, Global Crossing
@ The Glen, Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Born: Vallejo, Calif.
- Resides: Mooresville, N.C.
- Family: His wife, Brooke.
- Team: Hendrick Motorsports
- Car: Chevrolet
- Sponsor: DuPont Automotive Finishes
- Car owner: Rick Hendrick
- Crew chief: Robbie Loomis
|2001 review: Jeff
Gordon returned to the form with which most are
accustomed, winning his fourth series championship
behind six wins and six poles. He also won The Winston
2002 outlook: Is this the beginning of another
run of Gordon domination? With his team intact,
Gordon's future appears as bright as ever.
Gordon set the all-time record for consecutive
victories on road courses (six) with his win at
Sears Point in June 2000.
Despite his age, there is no denying Jeff Gordon
can be labeled a veteran when it comes to racing.
Born in Vallejo, Calif., but raised in Pittsboro,
Ind., Gordon began his racing career at age 5.
By age 20, with numerous victories and achievements,
he was named, for the second straight year, to
the 1991 All-American Team by the American Auto
Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, joining
such notables as Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Michael
Andretti and Gordon's racing hero, Rick Mears.
Gordon joined with car owner Bill Davis in 1991
and began competing on the Busch Series, finishing
second three times and third once. He had five
top-fives and 10 top-10s, notched one pole and
placed 11th overall in the standings. Those successes
in his inaugural season earned him the Vortex
Comics Rookie of the Year honors. He continued
to excel in the 1992 season by capturing his first
series victory at Atlanta from the pole. He set
the series record for pole positions in a single
season, capturing 11.
Before his successes, Jeff Gordon logged more
than 600 victories in 15 years of driving in open-wheeled
competition. During the 1970s and early 1980s,
he won three national Quarter-Midget championships
and four national karting championships. He became
USAC's youngest driver when he was granted his
race driver's license for that circuit on his
16th birthday. In four different USAC divisions
in more than four years, he recorded 22 victories,
21 fast times, 55 top-5s and 66 top-10s in just
In 1990, at 19, Gordon won the USAC Midget Series
national championship, becoming the youngest driver
ever to win that title. He followed that in 1991
by capturing the USAC Silver Crown national championship.
Hendrick, a keen judge of racing excellence,
was so impressed with the talents and unlimited
potential of the young racing phenom, that he
signed Gordon in early May 1992 to a Winston Cup
Series contract for the 1993 season. Jeff Gordon
has since become an equity owner of his race team.