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After missing out on the 2004 championship by only 16 points, it’s no wonder Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 team are referring to this season as their “Drive for Five in 2005”.
Gordon and his team were nothing short of dominant last season. Gordon earned five wins, 16 top fives, 25 top 10s, and seven Bud Pole Awards. With an average finish of 11.3, Gordon only took four DNFs and six finishes outside the top 25. Despite their success, the DuPont team finished third in the championship standings in the closest points race in history.
Gordon strongly believes that 2005 is his year to claim the championship, and looks to begin his race to the chase with a win in the Great American Race. “We need to get a third Daytona 500 win-bad,” said crew chief Robbie Loomis on hendrickmotorsports.com
Although desperate for a third Daytona 500 win, Gordon knows it will take more than a single checkered flag to claim the championship. “This DuPont team consistently runs in the top 10 in points, so I feel we have a shot to win the championship every year under this new format,” Gordon stated, “I think that skill and experience in these cars is key. Physically, I’m not in the shape I was 10 years ago, but mentally I think I’m a better driver and more focused.”
Gordon is poised and ready to continue the success that brought him to the chase last season. With experience, determination, and not to mention four championships already under his belt, we here at the Frontstretch believe Gordon will truly, “drive for five” in 2005.
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