Over the years, Jeff Gordon has learned just how rewarding, difficult, thrilling and disappointing a NASCAR Sprint Cup career can be.
He has taken those lessons to heart and used them to make the most of every opportunity that he earns. At 41, some men might be far from their prime. But the four-time champion enters this year with an optimistic outlook with an attitude and enthusiasm that all those around him are embracing.
Can he win that elusive fifth title this year? With the addition of the Generation 6 car, the momentum of a 2012 season that offered several bright moments and the added boost from winning that season-finale, one would be hard-pressed to bet against Gordon. He and crew chief Alan Gustafson always bear watching — perhaps more this season than in recent years.
Why? Partly because of NASCAR’s new model car.