John Force to Honor Jeff Gordon with Special Flame Paint Job
Racecar drivers are a competitive bunch, so it’s really no surprise when you hear them criticize each other when things don’t go their way. However, when one of them decides to retire–especially one that’s won four championships–then it’s all hugs and kisses and they can’t think of enough good things to say about one another.
That has been the case all year for Jeff Gordon, who announced before the first race of the season that he would be retiring and will become a broadcaster next year, and so far nobody has paid tribute to the NASCAR legend quite like John Force, who decided to paint his Funny Car to match the scheme used on Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet when he won his fourth Sprint Cup Series championship in 2001.
— John Force Racing (@JFR_Racing) September 15, 2015
“I always enjoyed seeing Jeff at races and award banquets. The guy was just so polite and professional but you knew he had the eye of the tiger too,” Force said to NHRA.com. “You don’t win all those championships on your good looks.”
Despite being third all-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history with 92 career wins, Gordon has yet to see victory lane in 2015, although he was still able to make the NASCAR playoffs, so his dream of winning a fifth championship in his farewell season is still possible.
Gordon seemed to enjoy the special paint job on Force’s racecar and took to Twitter in order to thank the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion, who will be competing with the flames on his vehicle this weekend, from September 18th through the 20th, at North Carolina’s zMAX Dragway.
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