Random News - February 1999

Shopping on QVC
LAS VEGAS, NV. (February 23)- - Jeff Gordon appeared on the QVC home shopping channel on Monday evening at the 'All American Sports Park' in Las Vegas. The reigning Winston Cup champion will be testing the #24 Gordon/Evernham Motorsports Chevrolet at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday. After the QVC show, Gordon took a few laps around a go-kart track at the park, chatted with tennis star Andre Agassi, and participated in a question and answer session with fans.

Local Hero
PITTSBORO, IN. (February 18)- - Residents of Pittsboro, Indiana are all smiles this week after Jeff Gordon won his second Daytona 500. Town residents say they're extremely proud of their native son. Many posted Gordon posters and flags on homes and mailboxes to support Gordon during the race and celebrate his victory. Gordon moved to Pittsboro when he was 14 and graduated from Tri-West High School. It was while living in Pittsboro that Gordon became a champion on the spint car circuit.

STAMFORD, CT. (February 16)- - The March issue of Penthouse Magazine features an extensive interview with Jeff Gordon. Gordon's racing career from the quarter midget tracks in California all the way to the NASCAR circuit is discussed. Gordon addresses issues such as his background, how some racing fans misunderstand him, and his recent success in NASCAR. "I'm not going to change to try to get people to follow me," Gordon said with a shrug. "I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing." The issue is currently available on newsstands.

Open House
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (February 9)- - On Sunday night after the Bud Shootout, three of the elite NASCAR drivers met to hang out for a few hours. Dale Jarrett and his wife, Kelly, stopped by Mark and Arlene Martin's home in Daytona Beach. A few minutes later, Jeff and Brooke Gordon arrived. "We probably spent an hour and 15 minutes, just the six of us sitting around talking, and the kids running in other parts of the house playing," said Jarrett. He added, "It was fun just to sit around and discuss different things. Business came up somewhat. But it was more just about life and how things are going, experiences we've all been through."

Making Dreams Come True
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (February 9)- - To more than a few fans, Jeff Gordon is not just a race car driver; he's their inspiration. Last December, 12-year-old Erin Hatfield had brain surgery to correct reoccurring epileptic seizures. On February 9 at Daytona, she got to meet with Jeff thanks to the efforts of the Speedway and Gordon's PR firm. "It makes you really happy to be able to touch somebody like that because there's so many unfortunate kids out there that you wish that you could do something for," said Gordon. "We're not doctors, so we can't make miracles, but putting a smile on their face and having a memory that sticks with them forever can go a long way. It means a lot to me to be able to do that for somebody," Gordon said.

Gordon Wins The Pole At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (February 7)- - The state of Indiana had quite a day during Daytona 500 qualifying as its drivers captured the front row starting spots. Jeff Gordon, who went to high school in Pittsboro, captured the pole position for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 195.067 edging Rushville, Indiana's Tony Stewart who had posted a lap of 194.599. "My race team never ceases to amaze me," Gordon said. "They deserve a lot of credit. When you talk about speed at Daytona, it all goes back to the race team. Ray Evernham and the crew did an awesome job on the DuPont Chevrolet and my job was easy." Gordon and Stewart are the only drivers guaranteed a starting position in the field. The remainder will be filled following the results of Thursday's Twin 125-mile Qualifying races at the track. Daytona's front row can be called 'Market Square South.' Quite a day for the Hoosiers.

Sponsor News
HARRISBURG, N.C. (February 7)- - There are a few new sponsor logos on Jeff Gordon's car this season. DuPont, Quaker State, GMAC, and Pepsi are still well represented on the car. However, new for 1999 is Advance Auto Parts. On Gordon's car, the Advance Auto Parts logo is on the B pillar (the area directly behind the side window). On the cars of Hendrick Motorsports teammates Terry Labonte and Wally Dallenbach, the logo is on the rear decklid. DuPont Dow elastomers will be featured on Gordon's rear decklid in the Daytona 500.

In addition, Kellogg's returns as an associate sponsor. Viewers might have noticed the 'K-sentials' logo on Gordon's car and driving uniform. Starting in March, Kellogs will use the 'K-sentials' logo to identify cereals that contain nutrients it believes are essential for growth and development. For the first time, Kelloggs will add calcium to some of its cereals, including Cocoa Krispies, Froot Loops and Apple Jacks.

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