Gordon Johnson Join Team USA

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Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson will be teammates in the offseason, but it has nothing to do with Hendrick Motorsports.

The four-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion and his rookie protégé will represent the United States in the Michelin Race of Champions Nations Cup in Gran Canaria on Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

The Nations Cup pits eight countries’ teams of three competitors in different disciplines: one asphalt road-racer, one off-road/rally driver and one motorcycle driver. Travis Pastrana, a multiple X-Games champion, will be the U.S. motorcyclist.

“I love the format of the event,” said Gordon, who will be the asphalt driver. “Pitting the best drivers in the world from all forms of motorsports against each other in a head-to-head elimination contest will be exciting.”

Johnson is the off-road driver, competing in a world rally car on a track that is 30 percent pavement and 70 percent dirt.

“Personally, I can’t wait for the competition,” Johnson said. “Jeff is going to be our asphalt driver and Travis is going to be our bike rider, so that leaves me racing against the off-road guys. It will be very challenging competing against top drivers like Markus Gronholm and other dirt specialists in the competition.

“I grew up off-road racing and have raced in the Baja 1000 and in the stadium truck series in the mid-1990’s, so I’m confident that I’ll be able to hold my own and compete against the best in the world.”

Robby Gordon represented the United States last year, an event won by Spain.

“We have put together a strong United States team that I know will represent the country well,” said Jim Hancock, CEO of Cathexis Lab and organizer of Team USA. “This is the best American team we have had in the competition and I am confident we will have a strong showing in the Nations Cup.”

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