DENVER, N.C. — JGL Racing announced Wednesday that Dylan Lupton will drive a replica of four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion’s Jeff Gordon No. 24 Rainbow Warriors paint scheme during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 2.
Gordon carried the famous rainbow colors during his rookie season at Hendrick Motorsports in 1993, and Lupton will attempt to channel some of that success during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200, along with sponsor Nut Up Industries.
Hailing from the state where his childhood hero was born, Lupton is humbled to have the opportunity to bring Gordon’s famous “Rainbow Warriors” colors back to the NASCAR scene.
“Jeff Gordon was my idol growing up,” said Lupton. “Even though I was born the same year he started in his career in Cup (1993), as I began pursuing my racing career at a young age, I remember spending my Sunday afternoons in front of the television rooting him on and hoping one day I would have the chance to race against him. Next weekend at Darlington, I hope to have his support as I pay tribute to his NASCAR career sporting the famous “Rainbow Warriors” colors on our No. 24 Nut Up Toyota during the Darlington throwback weekend.”
The year of 1993 began the era of Jeff Gordon in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He opened the season with a win in his Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona Int’l Speedway, recorded his first-career pole at the fall Charlotte event and concluded the season with a 14th-place points finish and Rookie of the Year honors.
Gordon’s early success in the sport reshaped the paradigm and eventually gave younger drivers an opportunity to compete in NASCAR.
Of course, the 1993 season would be the springboard to one of the most successful racing careers in NASCAR history. Gordon is a four-time Cup champion, having won the title in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He also won the Daytona 500 three times (1997, 1999, 2005) and is third on the all-time Cup wins list with 93 career wins, the most in NASCAR’s modern era (1972-present).
“This is a great honor for myself to honor Jeff Gordon and his iconic paint scheme with this Throwback program at Darlington,” added team owner James Whitener. “This is a little-known fact, but Jeff Gordon is one of the main reasons I am involved as an owner in this sport, as I was a big fan of his. That is why we run the No. 24 and developed the Young Guns program. All of this makes for an exciting weekend in Darlington next weekend.”
CREDIT: JGL Racing