The name Jeff Gordon is synonymous with winning – not only in NASCAR, but in numerous racing series since he first got behind the wheel of a racecar at age 5. Remarkably, Gordon has not missed a single race since the start of his NASCAR Cup Series career in 1992, making 690 consecutive starts and counting. During that time, he’s garnered four Cup Series championships and won 87 Cup races, placing him third on the all-time wins list behind NASCAR legends Richard Petty and David Pearson.
At the relatively young age of 41, the future hall-of-famer is now balancing his racing career with family life, as well as his work as founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which contributes millions of dollars each year to programs focused on pediatric cancer.
Q. You started racing at a very young age. I think your daughter, Ella, is about the age that you were when you started racing.
A. She is.
Q. What would you say to either of your kids if they came to you and said they want to be a NASCAR driver when they grow up?
A. My daughter has certainly already mentioned that to me. I think that there is a difference between seeing what your dad does and watching it and saying, “Oh, I want to do that,” and then actually showing the signs of, “No, really, I really want to do that.”
We’re close to putting her in a quarter midget like I did and letting her experience it and see how she likes it. If she really likes it and does well in it and wants to do it, then...
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