Fifth-placed Jeff Gordon retires from Daytona 500 after engine failure
News reports have confirmed, Jeff Gordon has pulled out the Daytona 500. Gordon, who is a four-time NASCAR Cup champ and six-time Daytona winner (which includes three 500s) was forced to pull out of the race after experiencing a tragic engine failure.
Gordon’s unexpected exit from the race started rumors about him pulling out from the race. Soon afterwards, Gordon sadly announced that he had indeed pulled out from the race. Gordon was on Lap 81 and in the top five when the engine failure occurred.
The 40-year-old further stated that the whole saga was quite unexpected as experts had thoroughly checked and tested the performance of his car before the game.
“There has been so much reliability testing that if we had seen some high temps or some high water pressure, then I would have kind of expected some of this to happen,” Gordon said. “But, I was actually seeing some surprising low temps and low pressures. I don't know, maybe something was off there.”
Gordon immediately apologized to NASCAR for dumping oil on to the track when his engine ran out of life. The oil on the track brought forth the fourth caution of the night. Gordon also informed the crew chief Alan Gustafson that the engine problem came out of nowhere. He explained that there was no warning lights had appeared on system and there were signs from his gauges and his system that a problem existed.
“You're racing out there, but in order to actually make a big move to get to the lead, you have to push,” Gordon said. “Then you do take a risk of getting the temps up. It just wasn't time to do that. But, we were in a great position. Great pit stop there.
“This is not the way we wanted to start the season or the Daytona 500. So we'll go on to Phoenix.”
Here is the footage of the incident:
So, far other major occurrences of the night include an early crash involving Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick.