Mario Andretti, Lewis Hamilton salute Jeff Gordon at Miami (VIDEO)
So, it’s not every day you get the last American World Champion, the current and three-time World Champion, and a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion - three of the best drivers of all-time - in one place.
Yet that’s exactly what happened just now in Miami, when 1978 Formula 1 World Champion Mario Andretti and 2008, 2014 and 2015 World Champion Lewis Hamilton have joined Jeff Gordon, as Gordon prepares for his 797th and final NASCAR start, still in search of his fifth career championship.
Both drivers are starting the race on Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports pit box.
Andretti said Gordon is his pick to win the championship; see below. Gordon starts fifth for today’s Ford 400.
Check out a few images below.
While the legends are there, they’re not the only ones.
A handful of IndyCar drivers (Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe) have also made the trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway to see Gordon’s last start.