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Jeff Gordon drives the new Corvette ZR1 at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show (Chevrolet Photo)
GM reached a climax of the senses with its Corvette ZR1 introduction at the GM Style kickoff to the 2008 NAIAS. Kid Rock was singing about the Motor City while Jeff Gordon drove in the ZR-1 on stage. The General threw in some scantily clad women and flashing lights for good measure, and the crowd of 1,500 was on its feet.
AARP FOUNDATION INVITES NASCAR FANS TO “RIDE WITH JEFF GORDON”
A New promotion culminated this weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway allowed donors to have their names appear on No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet at Chicagoland race.
In mid June, The AARP Foundation today announced a new opportunity for Jeff Gordon fans to join their favorite driver on the track at one of the season’s biggest races, while also supporting solutions that help the nearly nine million Americans age 50-plus who face the risk of hunger.
The Drive to End Hunger “Ride with Jeff Gordon” promotion allowed fans who donate $124 to have their names printed on the hood of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS at the September race at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Donors will also receive a digital “thank you” and a limited-edition keepsake commemorating their support.
“Take a ride with me and get involved in a worthy cause by helping people put food on the table,” said Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. “This is a great way for NASCAR fans to have fun while helping leave older adult hunger in the dust.”
One of those fans.. Anne Lowery from Texas, a die-hard Jeff Gordon fan, was at Chicagoland Speedway all race weekend to see her name up close and personal. NASCAR, unlike any other sport, allows their fans the opportunity to get close to their favorite cars and drivers in the garage area and the pits
This particular weekend, all three of NASCAR major Series were at Chicagoland for a rare visit. It’s always an awesome experience in the NASCAR Garage just prior to a practice.. All cars backed into their garage stalls, crews and driver’s working out last minute strategies before taking the track for the first time.
That is where I ran into Anne. I was taking photos of the cars in the garage area when I noticed Jeff Gordon’s car looked different, it had names all across the hood. I looked at Anne and said “Wow, that’s a lot of names on the hood. She looked at me and said her company (Lowery Plumbing) and her name were on there and said she would show me.
We walked over to the #24 car and searched for her name.. And she found it. I said to here that is awesome. I took a few photos of Jeff’s car and as I turned around, Jeff was walking towards his car. Jeff had a big smile on his face and looked at Anne and said “Did you fine your name on the hood Anne?” She beamed a huge smile and said I sure did, and Anne and Jeff went to his car and Anne pointed out her name on the hood. I immediately started taking some photos of the moment.
Jeff was all smiles as well, and after a few moments talking with Anne, he went inside and got down to business and prepared for his first practice run.
Anne turned to me and said “Did you happen to take a picture of me and Jeff looking at my name on his car?” I told her I did and took a look at how they came out and showed her. She looked at me and asked how she could get a copy of the photos from me. I reached into my pocket and gave her a business card and told her to send me an e-mail and I would be happy to send her the photos of her once in a lifetime experience.
The next morning, I did get that e-mail from Anne and sent the photos to her.
While walking the garage that morning, I saw Anne and she ran up to me and hugged me and thanked me for the photos.
For me, this was the most fulfilling thing I did all weekend. As it turned out, as the weekend unfolded, Jeff Gordon would be added to the 12 Chase drivers, and in the race, he led some laps and had a strong finish.
For Anne and all of those who put their names on the hood of the AARP Chevrolet, it would be truly a weekend to remember.
All contributions to Drive to End Hunger go to support the hunger solutions of AARP Foundation. Contributions not only help provide immediate relief to people in need, but also support the development of long-term solutions to prevent the threat of hunger.
“Too many older Americans face difficult decisions everyday between eating and paying for other necessities, like keeping a roof over their heads or seeing their doctors,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Foundation president. “We hope that fans will enjoy the ‘Ride with Jeff Gordon’ while also helping out on an important cause.
“Plus,” continued Jenkins, “putting your name on the hood of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS is your best shot of crossing the finish line a split-second before Jeff, himself.”
To learn more information please visit www.DTEH.org/RideWithJeff.
About AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, strengthen communities, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.
2011 Jeff Gordon NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet Impala #24Drive to End Hunger
(Photo From NASCAR, Daytona 2011)
JEFF GORDON WANTS ANOTHER TO GO WITH LONE WIN IN 'LONE STAR STATE'
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 5, 2011) – Texas Motor Speedway may not be one of Jeff Gordon's best tracks statistically but, having led 34 percent of the laps in the last two Samsung Mobile 500's, it would not be surprising to see the brightly painted No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet at or near the front during Saturday night's 334-lap race.
In those two events, Gordon has led 229 of a possible 668 laps with one win (2009) and a DNF (Did Not Finish) due to a late-race multi-car accident last year. In the past two fall events, he has led only 11 laps with a 13th-place finish in 2009 and a DNF last year.
"We haven't always run well at Texas, but I am cautiously optimistic heading into the weekend," said the 83-time NASCAR Sprint Cup race winner. "The differences in our performances in the spring and the fall races recently is probably just different weather and track conditions at that time of year."
Overall, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has that lone victory, two poles (2008 and 2009), seven top-fives, nine top-10's and 581 laps led in 20 starts at the Lone Star State track.
But while the facility has not changed much since the inaugural race in 1997, the track has changed a lot. "This track has always been one of the premier facilities - if not the premier facility," said Gordon. "There is no other place like this and it has really turned into a fantastic track.
"When we first came here, it was a really, really challenging race track. It was fast and the transitions were really abrupt, and it was hard just to stay out of the wall.
"But as the surface has worn and as we've gotten the cars handling better, it's become one of the premier tracks. The race track itself has come into its own and made great racing with the groove widening out. "It seems like it gets better every time we come here." Just like the track seems to improve with each visit, Gordon and crew chief Alan Gustafson hope the No. 24 Impala performs better on this return visit. "Alan, the team and I have talked about this weekend's race," said Gordon. "And we'll have more discussions before this weekend. "But, right now, I feel good about our plan for Texas."
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