Gordon’s historic NASCAR Cup Series career started 20 years ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the young driver burst onto scene in the rainbow-colored Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet. The following season, Gordon started to take the motorsports world by storm. Now, 20 years later with four championships and 85 career victories under his belt, Gordon will race the commemorative No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet only one time at the last race of the 2012 season. Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports and DuPont are celebrating their 20th full season together – the longest current running driver/owner/sponsor partnership in NASCAR.
“I’m very fortunate to have an incredible sponsor like DuPont that has invested so much in me and this No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team. To stick with one driver and one team and to still be here with us today celebrating our 20th full season, is really incredible," said Gordon.
DuPont Performance Coatings products have been a constant during the storied career of Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports. The new paint scheme uses the popular DuPont™ ChromaPremierÂ® Pro high performance paint finishes and was designed by NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist Sam Bass.
“We are proud to have our DuPont™ ChromaPremierÂ® Pro paint on the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet with one of NASCAR’s all-time greats," said John McCool, president of DuPont Performance Coatings. “Twenty years is a unique relationship in NASCAR and it shows that the business of racing has been good business for DuPont and our customers"
DuPont, a global Fortune 500 company best known for brands such as DuPont™ KevlarÂ®, NomexÂ®, TeflonÂ® and TyvekÂ®, took a chance on a young, unproven rookie driver to showcase its automotive finishes in brilliant fashion. Over 20 years of sponsorship, Gordon has been recognized by DuPont as a valuable corporate asset and spokesman.
“Jeff Gordon has been the ideal ambassador for the DuPont brand for nearly two decades," said Scott Coleman, chief marketing and sales officer for DuPont. “He is a consummate professional and a true champion both on and off the track."
Gordon has his sights set on one thing when racing the 20th Anniversary paint scheme on the No. 24 Chevrolet later this year – winning.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully taking this special DuPont 20 Years paint scheme to Victory Lane in November to thank all of the amazing DuPont employees and customers who I’ve come to know like family and who have supported me loyally over the past two decades," continued Gordon.