Winners of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Known for his iconic rainbow-color No. 24 Chevrolet and California cool demeanor, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon became one of the sport’s most prominent figures during his illustrious career.
Gordon left a lasting legacy, but his performance on the track may be surpassed by the impact he’s made on the lives of children through the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.
His philanthropy has earned him the Indiana Sports Corp 2019 National Pathfinder Award. Cindy Simon Skjodt will be honored alongside Gordon as the Indiana Pathfinder Recipient.
Formed in 1999, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation supports pediatric cancer research and treatment, and has gifted nearly $19 million to support children battling cancer.
Gordon’s Children’s Foundation joined forces with Riley Children’s Hospital Pediatrics to establish a pediatric cancer research fund, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Lab, as well as an innovative Physician Scientist Training Program to guide the next generation of oncology-focused pediatric physician scientists.
Gordon ended his racing career third on NASCAR’s all-time wins list with 93 victories. He won the Daytona 500 three times, and has five wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994.
This is the 32nd year Indiana Sports Corp has bestowed the Pathfinder Award. Over the years, the Pathfinder Award honorees include Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Jeff and Karen Saturday, John Wooden, Larry Bird, Governor Mitch Daniels, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Dick Vitale.
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