Join HendrickMotorsports.com this week for a look back on Hendrick Motorsports’ eight Brickyard 400 victories. This fourth installment, courtesy of NASCAR, shares highlights from the 2004 event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2004 Recap: Jeff Gordon took the green flag from the 11th position at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 8, 2004. Methodically working his way through the field, Gordon took the lead for the first time on Lap 27. He would go on to lead 124 of the next 135 laps, only relinquishing the top spot during green-flag pit stops. At the end of the day, Gordon survived a green-white-checkered-flag finish to earn the victory in the 400-mile event and set a record for most laps led by a Brickyard 400 winner with 124. With the win, Gordon joined four-time Indianapolis 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr. as the only drivers at that point to have won four races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“What an amazing week it’s been. Just an awesome year for Hendrick Motorsports and this entire team,” Gordon told NBC Sports’ Bill Weber in Victory Lane. “That yard of bricks right there is so special, and it just feels so incredible. Man I’m so excited! It’s just an amazing day. To win at this speedway, I can’t even describe the emotions going on right now. It means so, so much. To have the support of all these people here. It’s awesome to hear these cheers in Indianapolis. Just a very, very special week and day for me and this team.”
Gordon’s record of four victories stood until 2012, when his current Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson reached the milestone. Going into the 2013 Brickyard 400, Gordon and Johnson rank tied for second in all-time motor sports victories at Indianapolis with Indy 500 victors Foyt, Mears and Unser. Michael Schumacher of Formula One leads the field with five career victories there.
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