Gordon Car Brings Big Money

24 car

The No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet that sold at Barrett-Jackson will be featured in an upcoming episode of "AmeriCarna."

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Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham's final race-winning stock car sold for $500,000 at auction on Friday night at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, to benefit the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.

The car reached $450,000 and then hit a half million when Gordon sweetened the deal by adding his Pepsi uniform and autographed helmet.

In 1999, Gordon and Evernham teamed up in the NASCAR Busch (now XFINITY) Series to run six races, Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief. Gordon won at Phoenix International Raceway in their final race together under the Gordon/Evernham Motorsports banner.

"Jeff has kept it all these years," Evernham said. "We won with it in ’99. I think he won another race with it in 2000. It was absolutely the last car he and I ever worked on together."

Both Gordon and Evernham were in attendance to watch the car go across the auction block. Evernham, who currently hosts "AmeriCarna" on Velocity, was also part of the Barrett-Jackson broadcast with the auction moving over to that channel this week. One of the upcoming episodes of "AmeriCarna" will feature the restoration and sale of the No. 24 Chevrolet.

"Being that I was involved in building the car and it’s a racecar, it was a pretty quick turnaround for us," Evernham said about the restoration of the No. 24 Pepsi-sponsored car. "And we know a guy named Rick Hendrick who had a lot of parts and pieces lying around. We hit him for a little help, so it made it pretty easy."

With the restoration of the No. 24 in the rear-view mirror, Evernham is now working on two Indy car projects.

“We’re trying to get one of them done for the Indianapolis 500. It's Dan Gurney’s 1969 Eagle," Evernham notes. "That’s the car Dan finished second in (to Mario Andretti) in 1969. But it's also the last Indy car Dan ever won with (Sears Point, 1970). They’re honoring Dan Gurney for the Indy 500 this year and we hope to have that car done to be part of that celebration.

"The other car we’re working on ... doing the research, and gathering parts and pieces ... is Mario Andretti’s rookie Indy car from 1965. He won the USAC championship in 1965 and 1966 with this car. We have the frame, and a lot of parts and pieces, so we’re doing all the research and documentation; trying to find the rest of the stuff to put this car together."

Season 2 of "AmeriCarna" is set to debut Feb. 17 on Velocity. Along with the Gordon car, one of the shows will be Elvis Presley-themed and it's one that Dale Earnhardt Jr. helped Evernham with.

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