Join HendrickMotorsports.com this week for a look back on Hendrick Motorsports’ eight Brickyard 400 victories. This first installment, courtesy of NASCAR, shares highlights from the inaugural event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1994 recap: Jeff Gordon was one of 43 drivers to line up for the inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 6, 1994. Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Ind., started the 400-mile event from the third position and maneuvered his way into the lead by the third lap. He ultimately would lead seven times for a total of 93 laps, yet in the closing stages of the race, Gordon wasn’t pacing the field. He was sitting in the second position, trailing Ernie Irvan with less than 10 laps to go. In those final circuits, Gordon made his move. He dove to the inside of Irvan going into the first corner and reclaimed the lead for the final time. Gordon led the final five laps on his way to becoming the first NASCAR driver to win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“You know, I’ve had a lot of great memories and great wins over the years but if I had to pick one it would definitely be the inaugural Brickyard 400,” Gordon said. “I wasn’t born in Indiana, but I went to high school in Indiana. I raced around Indiana growing up as a kid, and all I wanted to do was race at Indy someday. I never thought that that would happen in a stock car, nor did I think that it would happen in a way that it did for my first experience to go there and actually win the race. And I just think that was a very historical moment in racing and it’s a moment that I’ll never forget.”
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