In addition to participating in NASCAR’s longest race of the year, the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte, Jeff Gordon will also pace the 99th running the Indianapolis 500 this weekend in a 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 convertible. The opportunity to drive the Indy 500 pace car was given to Jeff as a sign of appreciation and respect as the four-time champ prepares to retire from full-time Sprint Cup competition at the end of 2015.
In a recent interview with Hendrick Motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Gordon said he hasn’t been to Indianapolis for the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ since 1983, making the opportunity to pace the event that much more special for the racing veteran. Gordon also said he’ll be “pretty jazzed up” watching the IndyCar entries do 230 mph, which should motivate him to win the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte later that day.
As always, Gordon’s interview is full of class, and you can sense the amount of appreciation he has for being allowed to pace The 500 in what will be his last year behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet. Check out the interview below, and don’t forget to tune into the Indianapolis 500 when it goes green this Sunday at 12:15 p.m.