Tributes for Jeff Gordon’s final races range from paint scheme to renaming Phoenix to Jeff Gordon Raceway
The tributes to Jeff Gordon continue as he nears the end of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career.
Images of the car Jeff Gordon will drive in his final NASCAR Sprint Cup race are on the website of Lionel Racing, the official die-cast of NASCAR.
Phoenix International Raceway announced Friday that the track will be renamed Jeff Gordon Raceway for the Nov. 15 race there. The Arizona Republic first reported the change to the track, which will host the penultimate race in Gordon’s Sprint Cup career.
Phoenix International Raceway also will release a series of five individual trading cards featuring Gordon’s image and key moments throughout his 24-year career there. A limited number of each card will be randomly distributed to ticket holders both with their ticket mailing and at the gates each day during the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 race weekend.
The track also will present 24 Moments of Greatness on its social media channels highlighting some of the track’s and fans’ favorite moments with Jeff Gordon.
Gordon announced before the season that this would be his final full-time season in Cup. Chase Elliott will take over the No. 24 car next season.
Until then, tributes will continue for Gordon as he nears his final Cup race, which will be in the Nov. 22 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The redesigned paint scheme revealed on Lionel Racing’s site for that race shows flames on the car and a message on the quarter panels that states “It’s Been A GREAT Ride!’'
Gordon said Friday that a retro rainbow paint scheme for his car for the second half of the season is being “talked about a lot’’ but nothing is confirmed yet.