— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) November 17, 2015
In case you haven’t heard, Jeff Gordon is retiring. Shocking, I know. While we’ve all started rolling our eyes at nearly any mention of it at this point, it’s becoming a reality this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It’s no longer, “Oh, this will be the last time Gordon races at [insert track here].” This weekend, it will be the last time he straps in for Sprint Cup practice, qualifying and an actual race. Every season of his illustrious career has been spent with Hendrick Motorsports.
To honor his legendary tenure with the team, all four drivers will utilize the yellow numbers that Gordon has sported his entire career. Each team showed off the new numbers for Homestead-Miami.
— Team Lowe’s Racing (@LowesRacing) November 17, 2015
Jimmie Johnson has used the yellow numbers previously in his career, but all three cars outside of Gordon currently have silver numbers. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has a deep-rooted love for the history of the sport, can’t wait to show off the new look on the track.
“Jeff has done so much for this sport over the years that I personally like to see the respect and appreciation that he has been shown throughout the season, especially as it has ramped up toward the end of the year,” Junior said in a Hendrick release. “He deserves every bit of it. I think that with everything going on with the Chase and all of the excitement in the sport today, I would just hate for his accomplishments and what he’s meant to the sport to be overshadowed in any way, so I think it’s a great way to tip the cap to him in Homestead with the yellow numbers.”
While the rest of his teammates will be looking to simply honor him, Gordon will be running for a title. Thanks to his win at Martinsville, Gordon is locked into the Championship 4 with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday.
If Gordon can cap off his year with a championship, it would be one of the most epic ends to a career in sports history. As for Homestead, the entire track would be covered in yellow from a Gordon burnout.