Jeff Gordon is no stranger to pressure and his past experience – despite sitting in the final Sprint Cup Chase wild card position with seven races to go until the cutoff – is allowing him to relax.
Of course, Gordon is well aware he’s dangerously close to not making Chase For The Sprint Cup, but because he understands he’ll be under intense pressure, he also knows that pace can mean as much as performance. That translates to the four-time champion kicking back and putting his feet up — even though he’s two points outside the top-10 in points.
This is what makes a great champion. Obviously, experience helps in these situations, but possessing the ability to ‘switch off’ when you leave the office is great asset and key in preparation.
Frustrated with his 10th place at the New Hampshire Sprint Cup race, Gordon told Sporting News: “I am able to set aside what happens at the racetrack when I leave the racetrack … We all go through tough times and frustration and this team has been through it before. It’s not fun. We don’t like it.”
Gordon also said the Hendrick team has a “very, very busy test schedule”. They’ll be utilizing the upcoming test sessions to focus not only on his Chase hopes, but also his teammates too — all of whom currently hold Chase berths.
For Gordon, the real pressure starts at the Brickyard 400 next week. He is currently tied with Martin Truex Jr. for 11th in points and is just two points away from 10th.