Jeff Gordon returns to racing roots by promoting Indy’s dirt race

Jeff Gordon (Credit: MGN)
Jeff Gordon (Credit: MGN)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Retired four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was back in Indianapolis this week.

Just a few miles from the home where he spent his teenage years, Gordon strapped himself into a midget car and took some turns on the 1/4-mile dirt track inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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He is helping promote this year’s BC39 card, scheduled for August. The event is named in honor of Bryan Clauson, who died at 27 from injuries sustained in a midget-car crash in August 2016. It is sponsored by Driven2Save Lives, an Indiana group that promotes organ donation.