Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR legend spans three decades, but his biggest successes came with the “Rainbow Warriors,” the nickname for his team when he ran an iconic livery designed by Sam Bass. Those colors graced a few of his cars, but his championships came in Monte Carlo-branded cars that lacked the visceral appeal of the early 90s stock cars that became so iconic as the heroes of Days of Thunder. All of that makes this particular stock car a perfect representation of one of NASCAR’s true icons, one that can be yours at an auction next weekend.
This Lumina-branded car is from 1994, the first year Gordon won a Cup Series race. Like every other stock car from the era, it was not so much a Chevrolet Lumina as it was a whole product of the Hendrick Motorsports team that built it. Every major component was both designed and built in-house at HMS, all under the watchful eye of then-crew chief Ray Evernham.
NASCAR teams run many cars over the course of a season, so this car was not the car Gordon drove to either his first career win at Charlotte or his legendary win in the first Brickyard 400 later that season. It was, however, the car entered in that year’s Daytona 500 and three other superspeedway races. As a result, it features all of the highly specialized elements necessary for those races, including a unique low-drag body that makes it exceptional in a straight line and less than ideal for use on a road course. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.