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On what the Indianapolis mayor declared Jeff Gordon Day, the driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS made some history. Gordon took home his fifth Brickyard 400 win, becoming just the second driver ever to win five times in a major race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joining Formula 1's Michael Schumacher.
It comes on the 20th anniversary of Gordon's inaugural Brickyard 400 win back in 1994, and marks the ninth Brickyard 400 win for Hendrick Motorsports. It was Gordon's 90th career win and the 225th victory for Hendrick Motorsports.
Jimmie Johnson began the day in 11th position and showed strong runs during practice sessions throughout the weekend at Indianapolis. By lap 20, he had moved into the top five. By lap 28, he was in third place before a cycle of green-flag pit stops began. Johnson took the green flag on a restart after a lap-67 caution in 13th position, but soon moved into the top 10.
Johnson said the Lowe’s/ Kobalt Chevy was tight into turns one and three so crew chief Chad Knaus took the opportunity at a Lap 95 pit stop to work on the car. The crew changed four tires and made a chassis adjustment, which powered Johnson into the top 10. Following the lap-138 caution, Johnson fell just outside of the top 10. He ultimately took the checkered flag in 14th position.
“That wasn’t the finish we were looking for. We fought a tight racecar all day long and my Lowe’s/Kobalt team worked on it but we never really could get up there and battle for the lead. I’m so happy for my teammate Jeff Gordon and I’m going to go to victory lane and congratulate those guys. It was a really good day for Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports.”
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS FINISHERS: Jeff Gordon (1st), Kasey Kahne (6th), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (9th).
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