Like anything newsworthy, once the press release was sent out about Jeff Gordon's retirement, office chairs rolled back, doors (traditionally shut in the morning) were opened and the conversations commenced. After listening to story after story about what Jeff Gordon meant to so many, it became apparent, well, more apparent, the impact he has made.
Gabe Flores - Marketing Coordinator
In the first NASCAR races I remember watching I became a fan of Jeff Gordon and the rainbow colored No. 24 car. As I grew older the more Jeff won, the bigger fan I became. An entire wall of my room became a dedication to my favorite driver with anything I could find with a 24 or Jeff Gordon on it including diecasts, flags and even a cereal box. My fandom followed me to school where I made Jeff the topics of assigned reports, drew his car in art class and dressed up as Jeff for Halloween. I was in the highest ranks of a Jeff Gordon fanboy. Yesterday, Jeff announced 2015 will be his last season in the Sprint Cup Series and to say that he will be missed is an understatement. I’m sad to see Jeff’s career come to an end, but I’m glad to have been able to witness one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history from such a young age.
Braden McDaniel - Ticket Sales Account Executive
When I was a kid I idolized Jeff Gordon. I was six years old the first time I saw him race and had already been a fan of his for a while. I always made sure I picked the number 24 in basketball and baseball before any other kid on the team could pick their number. I continued to wear 24 in high school sports and everybody in the school knew the reason behind the number. If I was still playing organized sports I’d still wear the number 24 jersey. It will be strange not seeing that 24 car in the field the first time he sits out a race in 2016. I will be 24 years old the last race he competes in as a full-time competitor. It has been a great ride for my almost 20 years as a Jeff Gordon fan. I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for “Gordon Nation” as he goes for his fifth and final NASCAR championship.
Steve French - Corporate Account Executive
The first race I ever watched and have a memory of was the 1994 Brickyard 400. Being so young, I wanted to cheer for the guy who was a winner. Jeff Gordon happened to win that race, and since then, I have always been a fan of the No. 24 team. I have been fortunate to root for one of the all-time greats my entire life!
Eddie Gossage - Texas Motor Speedway President
I've known Jeff since he was a teenager with a really bad mustache. It has been thrilling to watch him develop from a promising Busch Series driver into perhaps the greatest professional our sport has ever seen. Jeff showed last season that he still has a burning desire to win races and championships. You won't find a finer professional, person or charitable athlete. We have been fortunate to be associated with him for all of these years. I'm sure all fans, even of the other drivers, will want to show their appreciation to Jeff this year.