PITTSBORO, Ind. (WISH) — Jeff Gordon calls himself an adopted Hoosier, spending his formative years in Indiana where he cut his racing teeth, graduated from high school, and made his first circle of close friends that he still keeps in touch with.
It’s been an emotional return home for the four-time NASCAR champ for his day in Pittsboro.
“Today has been one of the best days of my life,” said Gordon, after the parade and celebration through the streets of the town he grew up in. “This does mean a lot to me, when I’m surrounded by people that have supported me so much, and I start thinking about what got me here and how it all happened, yeah, I get emotional about things like that.”
A special day for a special driver, but the emotions and excitement for what Gordon says will very likely be his last race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway may just be getting started.
What’s it going to be like this weekend? Will he get a little nostalgic, will he think this is the last time he practices, the last time he qualifies, will those thoughts enter his mind?
“Once you get to the track and get in the car, you’re just so focused on the competition and trying to get the car to go faster in qualifying and get ready for the race,” said Gordon. “This is Indianapolis, it’s a very special place to me and certainly if we win this race, it’s going to be a very emotional race. But I think most of those thoughts are going to happen I think maybe end of the year, or maybe next year when I’m not going to be in this race, I do now miss it, but now I’m excited about this team and winning a sixth Brickyard 400 and getting ourselves in the Chase.”