Jeff Gordon Talks Racing, Sprint Cup
NASCAR star on 'Happening Now'
- Duration 7:47
- Date Sep 15, 2011
NASCAR star on 'Happening Now'
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In the meantime let's talk to somebody who was at the White House and that the president not that long ago Jeff Gordon.
One of NASCAR's winningest and most popular driver is he's not terrible -- his 85 career victories for Sprint Cup championships.
And -- nicknames like wonder boy and Clinton scored.
An actor's recent victory in Atlanta -- He's gearing up for the chase for -- cup that's next for you Flash Gordon can I say Flash Gordon a flat.
-- interaction probably not.
Now -- is certain senator hatch is a big fan of your irony is that your data White House hanging now are you considering a second career in politics UN announced anything to us right I have nothing to announce this.
I'm definitely stay away from politics.
Right now I am too much left to do with the -- cup championship coming now.
Plenty of -- your work to do you think in the winner's circle a lot lately.
What changed well we made some changes in the team over the offseason and I'm getting a great crew chief and our own justice and but.
I think a lot of just chemistry you know we just have team that's really come together work really hard and we're in the right direction that's that's paying off so that we've made our cars better.
We've -- -- back at bats but that is.
Flash and that's just show you how long are we didn't know what I'm doing.
And you give that are burning it to your questions at this moment we're gonna have to explain this picture element because I was reading -- in your uncle build your own track and that's where you got your start.
Learn how to race.
Not my stepfather -- got into racing at a very young age I was at a sugars and for awhile and that previous fiction on this one was when I first gonna have a license -- -- started racing Villa -- bicycles and my mom didn't like shots too dangerous effect selling video content removed under racing.
How did you feel about that decision later on well -- she's my biggest fan and loves loves it now so that we have a lot of questions from our viewers -- it was hiked their questions and several of have you asked this question about your favorite track.
And also the most challenging track to -- are they the same are they different.
No -- -- -- different I mean I'd say one of the most challenging would be Darlington which is one of my favorites but Michigan's my all time favorite and it's actually.
Not the most challenging track we go -- but it's just very driver friendly track we -- race at Bristol.
Tennessee a few weeks back it's it's one of my favorites we had a great -- as well but -- deficits a fan favorite.
And plenty of challenges one of our viewers hit your marks wants to know if -- teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt junior are your biggest competition.
When it comes to winning this for -- Well that's a great question and they certainly could be Hendrick Motorsports.
Is a strong organization.
Jimmie Johnson's -- the last five in a row so you have to certainly.
You know put him on on high on the list seven of who can win back there are a lot of other competitors -- never every race it's Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
You know it's great to have Dale Junior in the chase this year and then I think any of the teams in the chase can can definitely the change.
Hey Jeremy has a little bit about more personal question that comes -- your family at two children Allah.
And Leo sorry I would Jeremy -- no would you like to see your children get involved in the sport you know.
I'm certainly not against it I think that wanna do saving my parents -- for me where they -- and my sister you know they showed us opportunities and saw what we.
Enjoy and what we're passionate about it if I have to be racing -- from my daughter or my son and definitely wanna pursue.
I can see your daughters and a couple photos of her aren't on your -- say she'd be quite a driver on Harry tell she.
She's got a dinner -- deficit panel invited her -- -- -- Her mother.
My wife -- has fashion.
In her and I think that the -- probably going to outweigh the drive inside -- combination handout.
And maybe she could design your suits yes Mikey grandy North Carolina says with racing in your blood in fact you -- -- dream job for your trip for us regular people.
If you could not race what do you think your dream job would be.
Well it's a different questions are answered now that I've -- -- race car driver because you know that's open up a lot of different opportunities for me.
Could be the things we're doing to drive in hunger.
And bring more awareness.
Nine million older Americans that are fighting hunger issues.
Or through my own foundation.
That we focus on pediatric cancer research.
So doing something with philanthropy and I'd love to do more -- -- I have more time.
But if you look back it before I got -- racing my parents had manufacturing business.
With a lot of machines and in you -- building things and I probably would have further my education.
Don't work for them.
You mentioned the cancer foundation.
We've got a a note from a viewer just wanted to thank you said you spent some time with a relative -- there is.
Who who well it was his dream to meet you guys passed away and and you did He said it was almost all the talk all that the relative talked for six months.
I love you for that or fortune NASCAR -- You know.
It's a great community and giving back into I don't know if it was -- to make a wish foundation and one of the foundations that we work with and they bring.
A lot of different children to the racetrack every weekend to meet a driver spend that we can -- -- so it's it's always a pleasure.
Get a chance to meet them by then it's -- unfortunate circumstance.
That was Brian Baumgartner I couldn't find the note I'm garner said you that was.
His wife's dying cousins and -- -- Susan had a question about does mental toughness -- obviously doing a lot of other things besides driving.
So what what is it tape just to keep the focus and what's the key to that.
I actually was talking -- -- me about this -- earlier about about the focus.
When you're driving a car tuner plus -- for -- around 200 miles per hour and you're staring at a wal.
Chance of slipping off of your focus -- it's it's the only option you have.
And so I don't think focuses is you know that difficult inside the car.
I think that what it is is it's about -- know what you're doing communicating -- your team of what to do to make your car better.
-- the competition how you make your car go faster than the others whether you're driving or trying to tune the car and -- team is it's about.
Teamwork to pit crew there are a lot of things going on so I guess it's more.
Taking in a lot of information at one time.
-- that was an at a driver on and just regular roads.
You know I am I I -- -- take pleasure in getting from point a to point B.
In India is in the most efficient way I possibly can't with out breaking the law.
DS lite is speeding ticket I I denied the -- I'm not saying I've never had -- We can't suddenly camera is really -- -- it -- a lot of Americans that are going through some tough times.
And we're gonna have to wrap it up but what would your message be to -- of Americans out there who you know are losing their focus and and -- airing in facing some time.
Yeah and in you know I think all of us in effect in -- -- our sport you know we we definitely.
Are -- are very we have.
Very loyal fan base large numbers of people traveling.
And it gets tougher for them to it to travel in the race -- so we're we're seeing it and you know all I can say is that.
A lot times during the toughest times when you find out what you -- have.
You know especially 9/11 here.
The ten year anniversary of nine elevenths if we found out as Americans you know which -- how.
How how how valuable.
Our our our freedom our peace and in our health is -- not getting.
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