Gordon Receives Sohn Honors
May 9 - - Jeff Gordon was honored by the Sohn Conference Foundation for his commitment to fighting pediatric cancer at an event
in New York City on May 8. The event was marked by the announcement of the Jeff Gordon and Sohn Precision Medicine Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Funded by a $200,000 grant from the Sohn Conference Foundation, the program will provide access to innovative precision medicine by linking patients to advanced drug therapies that
improve their ability to survive and thrive with as few side effects as possible. "We've come a long way in treating children with cancer, but we won't be satisfied until every child not
only survives cancer, but lives a long, healthy life," Gordon said. "Thanks to this grant, pediatric cancer patients now have a dedicated advocate in their corner that is actively
pursuing the most innovative treatments. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the Sohn Conference Foundation to bring precision medicine to New York City's children."
The Jeff Gordon and Sohn Precision Medicine Fund will support the identification of targeted therapies for children who do not respond to conventional therapies, the foundation said.
This work is particularly important in the pediatric space because most cancer therapies are only approved for adult cancers, not childhood cancers or for use in children.
Victory In The Rolex 24
January 29 - - The Wayne Taylor Racing team captured the overall victory in the Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona International
Speedway. Jeff Gordon was part of the driver line-up that also included Ricky and Jordan Taylor, and Max Angelelli. Gordon drove the #10 Cadillac Prototype for two stints totaling
two hours during the race. Although the #10 team led the most laps, the race came down to a bump and spin pass by Ricky Taylor on the #5 Cadillac with less than 6 minutes
remaining to give the team the lead and the eventual victory. Gordon became the first driver to win both the NASCAR Cup Series title and the overall Rolex 24 championship.
In addition, he joined A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Jamie McMurray as the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the overall Rolex 24. It was Gordon's 15th career
victory at Daytona. "This experience wouldn't have been the same without Wayne (Taylor) and his passion for this series and this race," Gordon said.
"Cadillac and Dallara for this amazing race car. Not just a fast and beautiful car, but the strongest car I've ever seen in my life because I tried to damage the left front - and of course, the contact there at the end. I'm just so honored to be a part of this."