Throughout much of his life, Jeff Gordon has had a tremendous passion for racing. Gordon’s strong internal drive fueled him to construct a legendary NASCAR career that earned him a Hall of Fame induction. He may have another reason to become further ingrained in the sport because of his son Leo.
Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR career
Jeff Gordon strung together an impressive NASCAR racing career that earned him recognition as one of the sport’s greatest drivers.
Gordon accomplished it all during his time on the track that lasted nearly three decades. He spent 25 years as a Cup Series driver that featured winning four championships, 93 races, three Daytona 500s, and complete three grand slams. Gordon has five Xfinity Series wins, 32 top-ten finishes, and 12 pole positions.
The 49-year-old still sits in third place on the all-time Cup Series wins list, which he holds the most victories in NASCAR’s modern era. According to Axalta, Gordon is one of four drivers to win at least four Cup Series titles, third with 81 career pole positions, and holds the record with nine road course wins and 12 restrictor-plate victories
He is also viewed as NASCAR’s “Iron Man” due to his 797 consecutive starts. Gordon’s passion for racing appears to be influencing his son Leo to follow in his footsteps.
Jeff Gordon’s son may be following his NASCAR footsteps
Since stepping into retirement from his racing career, Jeff Gordon has become more involved with his family.
That has guided things toward his son Leo Gordon to take a potentially exciting route. In February 2018, the then-seven-year-old received his certificate to drive a quarter midget car at the North Carolina Quarter Midget Association Speedway.
It’s clear that racing in Leo’s blood with his father’s illustrious NASCAR racing career. There is the opportunity to continue that path as he will have the resource to do that with his father’s support. His sister Ella Sofia went he same route at seven years old as she drove a quarter midget racing car.
Over the years, it has become quite common for the kids of professional drivers to take up the craft. There are many instances of this with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty, and Chase Elliott.
There are current drivers, such as Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, with their sons working their way up through the circuit at a young age. There isn’t any guarantee that Leo will go that same route, but the path is there to venture if he so desired.
Time will tell if that path will unfold
The possibility of Jeff Gordon’s son holding a strong interest in racing is exciting, but it’s a route that remains up in the air.
Leo’s enthusiasm toward racing rang through in the video his father posted on social media a few years. In the meantime, Jeff will continue to maintain a strong presence involving NASCAR.
Gordon has become a staple in Fox’s broadcast booth covering races and holds an equity ownership stake with Hendrick Motorsports. The expectation is that he will one day transition to a controlling role with the company once Rick Hendrick retires.
All of that presents some exciting opportunities ahead for Gordon to further expand his influence within the sport. Ultimately, it’s still relatively early for his son Leo to decide if he wants to pursue a driving career, but he’s taken the first few steps to head that route potentially.