Chassis No: 24-678
Engine: 358 ci V8 GM HMS SB-2 Pushrod OHV
Transmission: 4-Speed G-Force SR1 NASCAR Gearbox
Performance: 850 bhp @ 8,400 rpm / 490 lb-ft > 0-60 mph 3.3 sec / 200+ mph
Exterior: Orange / Black Dupont Sponsored Livery
“The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 63rd season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 40th modern-era Cup series season. The season included 36 races and two exhibition races, beginning with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The final ten races were known as 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 2011 season is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most exciting seasons in Cup Series history. In the first exhibition race of the season, the 2011 Budweiser Shootout, Hamlin crossed the finished line in the first position, but since he passed below the yellow out of bounds line, Kurt Busch became the winner of the race. Trevor Bayne won the opening race of the season in the Daytona 500 after David Ragan received a penalty for a restart violation, with Bayne becoming just the fifth driver to win the race for Wood Brothers Racing and the youngest ever to win the Daytona 500 at 20 years and 1 day, as well as the first driver to win the race (excluding the inaugural 1959 race) in his first Daytona 500 start. Four-time champion, Jeff Gordon claimed victory in the 2011 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, after leading the most laps of 138, ending a 66-race winless streak”.
Clean-cut and polished in front of a camera, Gordon helped transform NASCAR auto racing from a regional spectacle into a mainstream sport. His corporate image rubbed some of racing’s old guard the wrong way, but even the critics had to acknowledge his immense skills. Jeff ‘Wonder Boy’ Gordon became the youngest driver to triumph at the Daytona 500 in 1997 and tied a modern record with 13 victories in one season in 1998, finishing both years as the series champion. He notched a fourth championship in 2001 with new crew chief Robbie Loomis in tow, culminating an amazing stretch that produced 56 victories in seven years.
Gordon drove with Hendrick Motorsports for the entirety of his NASCAR career, including the races he stood in for Dale Earnhardt Jr back in 2016. In June of 2021 he was named vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports, which made him the second-ranking team official to chairman and majority owner Rick Hendrick.
Speedart Motorsports is thrilled to offer for your consideration this piece of NASCAR history in a spectacular turnkey package. This is a rare opportunity to procure a genuine, Jeff Gordon-driven, Hendrick Motorsports-built NASCAR Cup Car from the high water mark era of the sport.
Chassis No. 678 was one of the last known #24 cars to be sold to a private individual directly from the Hendrick Motorsports Race Team. Except for an updated Carbon Fiber rear spoiler, the exterior has the unmistakable appearance of Jeff Gordon’s Dupont Chevrolet with the original 2011 NASCAR spoiler included with the sale of the car.
The No. 24-678, was campaigned in 2011 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Its first race was the Indianapolis Brickyard 400 on July 29th. Gordon qualified 8th and finished 2nd. The Chevrolet next raced on August 21st at the Pure Michigan 400. Jeff qualified 9th and finished 6th. Its last run was on September 9th at Chicagoland Speedway, the Geico 400, with Gordon qualifying 23rd and finishing 24th.
The chassis is currently set-up for road course track-day events like Hooked on Driving (HOD) and Club racing. This NASCAR could be set up for more serious Road Racing Series like the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Association on tracks such as Road Atlanta and many other road racing venues across the US. Rick Ware Racing of Thomasville, North Carolina with a 25 years resume in building and supporting NASCAR machines spent two years restoring the car. This classic race car is complete and ready to run, or prominently displayed in a top-tier motorsport museum.
The Impala comes decked out in the #24 Dupont / Hendrick Motorsports livery, with various sponsor logos and decals from the 2011 season. There are plenty of aerodynamic details that are so familiar to a NASCAR, such as the rear lip spoiler and the front splitter plus the side-exit exhaust pipes. The car sits on 15” Aero wheels finished in black with yellow pin-striping and fitted to Goodyear Eagle D slick tires.
Inside the business office, you will find an interior unsuitable for the daily commute but representative of the NASCARs of the era. The braced cockpit is finished in primer White with the racing seat in anti-slip black fabric fitted with a 5-point Impact Pro Series harness and features the familiar roll cage, with a window net, carbon fiber panels and a fire suppression system. The car features a typical removable racing wheel via a Woodward adapter, this time being a Momo of the three-spoke variety adorned by a #24 embroidered hockey puck, and there is a replacement carbon fiber dashboard housing a full suite of AutoMeter Spek instrumentation.
Under the bonnet, the mighty V8 is an authentic Hendrick Motorsports 358 ci pushrod SB-2 that produces 850 bhp which benefits from a Holley 830 cfm carburetor and paired with the SR-1 four-speed gearbox used by NASCAR teams on road courses. Stoping power is courtesy of Brembo with plenty of additional equipment, such as a dry-sump oil tank, a Hendrick Motorsports radiator and oil cooler.
Speedart Motorsports welcomes all serious inquiries as we would like to extend an invitation to all interested parties in order to witness up-close and personal this iconic race car in our motorsport gallery. The sale of this motorcar is accompanied by a copy of the Hendrick Motorsports purchase order as well as invoices by Automotive Specialists who performed the aforementioned refurbishment.
Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale and is ineligible for use on public roads.
Cold Start & Idle Running – September 23, 2022
During the 2010 championship through the off-season, NASCAR announced a change to the front end of the race cars. The change removed the splitter braces, and made it a single molded piece. The fuel for all major series in NASCAR changed from Sunoco unleaded to an ethanol blend called ‘Sunoco Green E15‘. But during the rest of the season on August 23, Toyota unveiled the new Camry at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California and the teams changed their headlights, taillights, fog lights, and rear for the rest of the season.
After the 2010 season, the catch can man, who caught excess fuel during pit stops and adjusts the track bar, was no longer needed, because of the addition of a self-venting fuel can. On January 11, 2011, NASCAR reported drivers can only be able to compete for the championship in one of NASCAR’s three national racing series, which means the drivers who race in multiple series, most notably in the Cup and Nationwide Series, are able to compete in the races, but not for the championship. The rule does not affect the exemption rule, as exemptions are determined by the top 35 in NASCAR car owner points. Drivers ineligible for Sprint Cup driver points earned Sprint Cup owner points for their team.
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Please note that the mileage may vary slightly from the time of cataloguing due to demonstration and road testing purposes.