Atlanta Motor Speedway ready to honor Jeff Gordon
When the field takes the green flag for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 1, there's a strong possibility that it will be Jeff Gordon's final start at the 1.5-mile track suburban Atlanta track.
Gordon, who recently announced plans to retire from full-time driving after the 2015 season, made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the final race of 1992 when AMS hosted the Hooter's 500. Coincidentally, Gordon's first Cup start came on the same day that seven-time champion Richard Petty made his last.
Little did anyone know back then, of course, that Gordon would one day join "The King" as one of the sport's greatest drivers of all time.
Now four championships, 92 wins and almost 23 years later, Gordon won't fly largely under the radar as he did at Atlanta in the fall of '92. The speedway is making sure of it.
As part of the weekend tribute to the driver of the No. 24 Chevy, AMS will allow fans who take advantage of a special commemorative Jeff Gordon ticket package to receive $24 off individual tickets in the Upper Winners Grandstand, Upper Champions Grandstand or Upper Earnhardt Grandstand for the Sunday afternoon race.
Additionally, fans who renew their tickets for 2016 will be invited to a special event with Gordon during next year's race weekend, as well as an automatic entry into the Atlanta Motor Speedway Insider's Club.
Fans attending the upcoming race weekend are encouraged to use the #IWasThereJG hashtag and mention @AMSupdates on Twitter to share their own special moments and memories from Gordon's NASCAR career.
"The first thing that really comes to my mind is that I just love Atlanta," said Gordon, a five-time winner here. "It's a great track for us -- one track that I always feel competitive at with a shot to win.
"I hope there's one more memory left to come coming up in a few weeks."