JG Motorsports

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JG Motorsports
Owner(s) Jeff Gordon
Rick Hendrick
Base Denver, North Carolina
Series Busch Series
Car numbers No. 24
No. 14
Race drivers Jeff Gordon
Ricky Hendrick
Sponsors Pepsi, DuPont, GMAC
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Opened 1999
Closed 2000
Career
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 2

JG Motorsports was a NASCAR Busch Series race team co-owned by Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick, which attempted 20 races in the year 2000.

The team evolved from Gordon/Evernham Motorsports which ran six races in the Busch Series in 1999.

History[edit]

Gordon/Evernham Motorsports (1999)[edit]

In 1999 Brooke Gordon (then wife of Jeff Gordon) and Ray Evernham formed Gordon/Evernham Motorsports (GEM) to compete in that year's Busch Series season. The team's Pepsi-sponsored cars ran six races with Jeff Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief. DuPont sponsored the #24 car in two races in 1999 with driver Ricky Hendrick, with Evernham and Patrick Donahue as crew chiefs. During the season, Gordon won the Outback Steakhouse 200, the inaugural Busch Series race[1] at Phoenix International Raceway.[2]

Due to offers from Dodge, Evernham sold his half of GEM to Rick Hendrick at the end of the year.

JG Motorsports (2000)[edit]

The GEM cars competed in the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series under the title "JG Motorsports". The team was jointly owned by Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick and attempted 20 races in the year. The team ran sixteen races with Ricky Hendrick as driver and did not qualify for five of the sixteen. Pepsi stayed as sponsor for the five races Gordon drove and GMAC came on as sponsor for the races Ricky Hendrick drove. In the team's final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Gordon won the season finale after leading the final 71 laps.[3]

In 2002 JG Motorsports was merged into Hendrick Motorsports and became the #48 car in the Cup Series driven by Jimmie Johnson. In NASCAR 09, this team was mentioned as the #5 car in the Nationwide Series.

Race statistics[edit]

The 1999 Busch season for GEM
Driver Sponsor Race Location Qualified Result
Jeff Gordon Pepsi Sam's Town 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2 4
Jeff Gordon Pepsi Coca-Cola 300 Texas Motor Speedway 4 13
Jeff Gordon Pepsi/Star Wars Episode I Carquest Auto Parts 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway 5 33
Ricky Hendrick DuPont Myrtle Beach 250 Myrtle Beach Speedway 5 20
Jeff Gordon Pepsi NAPA 200 Michigan International Speedway 4 2
Jeff Gordon Pepsi All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway 2 2
Ricky Hendrick DuPont Kmart 200 North Carolina Speedway 33 37
Jeff Gordon Pepsi Outback Steakhouse 200 Phoenix International Raceway Cancelled 1
The 2000 Busch season for JG Motorsports
Driver Sponsor Race Location Qualified Result
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Alltel 200 North Carolina Speedway DNQ
Jeff Gordon Pepsi Sam's Town 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 27 18
Ricky Hendrick GMAC SunCom 200 Darlington Raceway DNQ
Jeff Gordon Pepsi Albertsons 300 Texas Motor Speedway 31 41
Ricky Hendrick GMAC BellSouth Mobility 320 Nashville Speedway USA 34 5
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Hardee's 250 Richmond International Raceway 27 28
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Busch 200 New Hampshire International Speedway DNQ
Jeff Gordon Pepsi CarQuest Auto Parts 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway 6 4
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Textilease Medique 300 South Boston Speedway 35 42
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Myrtle Beach 250 Myrtle Beach Speedway 9 13
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Sears DieHard 250 The Milwaukee Mile DNQ
Ricky Hendrick GMAC NAPA Auto Care 250 Pikes Peak International Raceway 28 26
Ricky Hendrick GMAC CarQuest Auto Parts 250 Gateway International Raceway 37 38
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Kroger 200 Indianapolis Raceway Park 30 36
Jeff Gordon Pepsi NAPAonline 250 Michigan International Speedway 25 7
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Food City 250 Bristol Motor Speedway DNQ
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Dura Lube 200 Darlington Raceway 32 29
Ricky Hendrick GMAC All Pro Bumper to Bumper 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway 5 13
Ricky Hendrick GMAC Sam's Club 200 North Carolina Speedway 7 39
Jeff Gordon Pepsi #24 Miami 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway 6 1
Ricky Hendrick GMAC #14 12 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shut out". CNN Sports Illustrated. October 30, 1999. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Callahan, Terry (November 6, 1999). "Jeff Gordon wins first Busch Series race at Phoenix". The Auto Channel. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The spoiler". CNN Sports Illustrated. November 11, 2000. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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