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Jeff Gordon bio coming soon

FOX Sports' Jeff Gordon (left) and Mike Joy (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

FOX Sports’ Jeff Gordon (left) and Mike Joy (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

The first Jeff Gordon authorized biography, “Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny,” is scheduled to be available in bookstores on Oct. 18. The book was written by five-time New York Times bestselling author Joe Garner. According to Garner, Gordon gave him complete access to his life for the 15 months.
“He put nothing off-limits and encouraged the people to speak honestly,” Garner said. “And Jeff speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about his childhood, his much-publicized divorce, those he competed against, his family, and life after racing.”
Here is an excerpt of the book, courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports:
“By 1982, we accomplished all we set out to,” Jeff says, “and we weren’t as challenged as you need to be to stay motivated.” But they kept racing—and winning—anyway. “We did honestly think he was burned out,” Carol recalls.
“He kind of got stale, or bored. We cut back to twenty-five or so weekends of quarter-midget racing,” says John. They bought a boat for Jeff to practice waterskiing. He went to windsurfing school. They moved to a new house.
In junior high, he discovered break dancing and fell in love with it. There was still bike riding, skateboarding, and playing pickup basketball at the park. He kept busy, but the absence of racing left a time vacuum, especially during the period after school and before Carol and John returned from work.
“When you kept Jeff occupied, you were good,” Kimberly says. “But when he had downtime, he didn’t always make the best choices. He’d tend to pick the mischievous kids and hang out with them.”
“My influences changed a lot when I went to junior high,” Jeff says. “I started break dancing and listening to different music and had other friends in my new neighborhood”—a number of whom were at least a couple years older and a bit more delinquently inclined.
Fans may pre-order the book from the online store at JeffGordon.com
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