January 2010 News
BusinessWeek Power Pack
January 28 - - Jeff Gordon was ranked #28 on the
Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top 100 list of athletes with the most "power," as determined by success, earnings,
and marketing impact. All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers made the Top 100 with Jimmie
Johnson leading the way at #21, Mark Martin at #41, and Dale Earnhardt Jr at #45. Tiger Woods was the top-rated
athlete on the list followed by Lebron James. Of note was Danica Patrick appearing on the list at #88.
Complete Top 100 list
What Matters Most
January 23 - - Rick Hendrick is the top owner in the NASCAR Cup series
right now with nine titles and nearly 200 wins. As great as Hendrick is on the motorsports side, his efforts on behalf of Haiti over the past
week have been nothing short of a Godsend. Hendrick made two planes available to Missionary Flights International to bring supplies and
aid workers into the earthquake-ravaged country, and bring Haitian orphans to families in the U.S. Hendrick has personally picked up the tab for the costs associated with the flights
and the crew. The following pictures speak volumes about the difference one person can make.
Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Meet And Greet
January 16 - - Jeff Gordon appeared at the annual Daytona Fan Fest on Friday, January 15. Gordon and several other
drivers participated in Q&A and autograph sessions with the fans and media. Gordon battled through back pain during the 2009 season and underwent an
extensive off-season conditioning program to strengthen his back and other muscles. "I don't know if my back hurts anymore because I hurt so much
everywhere else," Gordon said during Fan Fest. He also discussed his off-season with Ingrid and Ella, and his ninth try at the elusive 5th Cup series
January 16 - - Rick Hendrick made a 45-seat plane available to aid workers delivering supplies to
earthquake-ravaged Haiti. As a humanitarian, Hendrick is not just the best owner in NASCAR, but all of sports.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
January 11 - - Jeff Gordon took part in the taping of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' in Loris, South Carolina.
The show - which will air on ABC in March - will focus on the Suggs family who will receive a new house. The Suggs family is getting a new home because
the three-bedroom, one-bath home where they lived had a number of problems. Amanda Suggs and her husband Derrick took in her siblings shortly after they
were married and have taken care of them as their own since then. The new home will mean that they have a safe home to continue to raise them in, Amanda
Suggs said. Builders Sterling Homes teamed with about 2,000 volunteers to help build the house.
On Sesame Street
January 2 - - Jeff Gordon made an appearance on Sesame Street on December 28. Gordon served as a sportscaster during the
Squirmadega Car Race featuring Slimey, Elmo, and Big Bird.