Jeff Gordon goes nostalgic with rainbow paint scheme

 <img alt="" src="" />      <p>The No. 24 car has a familiar look at Bristol.</p> <p>When Jeff Gordon makes his final Bristol Motor Speedway start Saturday night, he will do so sporting a paint scheme synonymous with his career that's made him one of NASCAR's all-time greats.</p> <p>For one race only, Gordon is bringing back the rainbow design that adorned his No. 24 car from 1992-2000, when he won three of four Cup Series championships and 52 of his 92 career series victories. That scheme is one of the most popular in NASCAR history and the one most commonly associated with Gordon, who is retiring at the end of the season.</p> <p>"What I love is if you get close up to it, it shows some of their modern technology and coatings," Gordon said Friday.&nbsp;"It's a little fancier than it used to be.&nbsp;It's very cool. I was very proud this morning to not only see all the cool gear from what all the fans were sporting out there, but to hop in that car. You forget how this car made an impact back in the day.</p> <p>"You can't miss this car on the track. It just stands out. Luckily when we ran this car in the early to mid-90s it stood out. It turned a lot of people into fans that are still life-long fans.&nbsp; Those people are the ones that are so grateful to have this car back on the track, but I am too."</p> <p>Gordon wasn't originally scheduled to run a rainbow paint scheme, but an outcry on social media prompted current sponsor Axalta to announce in June it would incorporate the brightly colored design one final time. The only prominent difference in the scheme is the name on the hood and quarter-panels with Axalta in lieu of DuPont, Gordon's longtime sponsor that was purchased by Axalta in 2013.</p> <p>"The fans have spoken," Gordon said. "I thought driving the rainbow paint scheme was in my rearview mirror, but the fans overwhelmingly fought for it and wanted to see it one more time."</p> <p>Gordon owns five career Bristol wins, with four coming in a car decorated with the rainbow design. Without a victory this season and on the bubble to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, he's hoping to conjure another magical moment in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race.</p> <p>"I love competing here no matter what the car is, but [especially] when you've got a car that you've had tremendous success here, as far as the paint scheme goes," Gordon said. "Any little thing that you can add to your team to give you that little extra boost the team is really excited about this as well."</p> <p>As has been customary during his retirement tour when he visits a track for the final time as a driver, Gordon was bestowed with a Bristol honor Friday. The half-track oval unveiled that a portion of its backstretch grandstands will be called the "Jeff Gordon Terrace." Other luminaries with sections named after them include NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip.</p> <p>"This place is awesome," Gordon said. "I love coming here.&nbsp;I've enjoyed competing here, but this is one of those tracks that it brings the fan out in all of us. For you to honor me this way means so much to me. I get to enjoy this honor for years to come.&nbsp;I'm very proud of that.&nbsp;I'm proud of what I've accomplished here and can't thank you enough."</p> – All Posts