“I think when you are in the sport as long as I have been, you’re going to go through your ups and downs.”
While he had the speed last season, Jeff Gordon didn’t have the luck to go with it. As a result, he finished outside of the top 20 in seven of the first 15 races of the season. That meant having to claw his way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, barely beating Kyle Busch out for the last spot by one point. With bad luck continue to plague the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger team in the Chase with four finishes outside of the top 10, Gordon finished the year 10th in points.
Well the season was full of bad luck, it is to be expected that you’ll have one season like that if you’re lucky other seasons.
“We’ve had tremendous fortune over the last couple of years so last year evened things out,” Gordon said.
Even though the year didn’t go as planned, Gordon said that they have momentum to build on as they were strong at the end of the season with the win at Homestead. For Gordon, the win at Homestead meant a lot to him as he appreciates winning more than he used to.
“To be in victory lane with my kids, my wife Ingrid and the whole team after working hard all year, it meant a lot,” he commented. “You savor those moments. You appreciate those moments more now.”
Gordon said that he got away from wins feeling special as when they started winning multiple races through the late 90s, it was almost expected that they were going to win and it didn’t carry the same meaning.
With that said, Gordon is looking forward to the season ahead hoping to find victory lane with the new car.
“I’m just excited about this year and working with Alan Gustafson,” he said. “We had fast cars.”
Part of the excitement towards the new season stems in the new car as Gordon says he never was a fan of the Car of Tomorrow from the beginning.
“It wasn’t a sexy looking car,” he commented. “You had the spoiler, than the wing, and then it just looked like a foam block.”
In comparison, Gordon says this new car feels a lot better on track.
“I look at this racecar and see where we are starting with this car, it feels good,” he said. “It feels like I grabbed the right suit off the rack. It is really forgiving, got a good balance to it.”
With the speed and the work they’ve done on the cars so far, along with momentum, Gordon says that they are ready to win the championship.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger team can go after the championship,” Jeff said.