20 Great Jeff Gordon Paint Schemes
by Tom Jensen September 06, 2021
The original Rainbow Warrior had a lot of great looks over the years, looks that evolved with his career.
With four premier series championships and 93 race victories on his resume, Jeff Gordon was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019, which was his first year of eligibility.
Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team was known initially as the “Rainbow Warriors” in honor of the multi-colored paint scheme festooned on his Dupont-sponsored Chevrolets during his rookie season of 1993. Throughout his long career, Gordon’s colors constantly evolved and were always interesting.
Here are 20 fabulous paint schemes from Gordon’s Hall of Fame career.
In his rookie season of 1993, 21-year-old Jeff Gordon drove this Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet Lumina to seven top-five finishes, including a second-place run in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 1995 season was a huge one for Jeff Gordon, as he won his first of three premier series titles in four years. Although his Rainbow Warriors paint scheme was much like the one he ran as a rookie, his Hendrick Motorsports team switched from the Lumina to the Monte Carlo model in ’95.
As part of NASCAR’s 50th anniversary celebration in 1998. Jeff Gordon donned this special paint scheme to run in The Winston, NASCAR’s annual all-star race. Gordon, a four-time all-star winner, was leading the ’98 race when he ran out of fuel on the last lap.
Good-bye rainbows, hello flames: For 2001, Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet underwent its first substantive paint scheme change since his rookie season of 1993. With his new flamed paint job, Gordon won his fourth and final premier series title in ’01.
With a graphics package promoting the film, “Star Wars, Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” Jeff Gordon came up big and won the 2005 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Carrying a striking green paint scheme for sponsor Nicorette, Jeff Gordon qualified on the pole for the 2008 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Gordon went on to finish second in the race, which was run on Halloween.
Another movie car driven by Jeff Gordon was the “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” Chevrolet, which Gordon piloted to a fourth-place finish in the 2009 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Saluting fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend in 2010, Jeff Gordon drove the Dupont Stars & Stripes Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race.
Known for his philanthropic work with pediatric cancer, Jeff Gordon competed in the 2010 Atlanta race with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation on the quarter panels of his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Gordon ended the race in 13th-place.
At Talladega Superspeedway, Jeff Gordon finished eighth in the 2010 Amp Energy 500, where his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet carried the colors of the National Guard.
During the 2011 season, the AARP came on board with the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, as driver Jeff Gordon became one of the main spokespeople for the AARP’s Drive to End Hunger program.
Pepsi-Cola and Jeff Gordon had a long association, with the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet displaying various Pepsi brands, including Pepsi Max at the fall race at Martinsville Speedway in 2012, where Gordon ended the afternoon in seventh place.
During a 2012 test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the familiar No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon was decaled up, but its normal colors were replaced by flat black.
Dupont’s Performance Coatings division sponsored Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet during the penultimate race of the 2012 season at Phoenix Raceway.
During the last race of 2012, Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was trimmed out in Dupont’s “20 Years Celebratory” paint scheme. Gordon drove the silver car to victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Axalta sponsorship gave Jeff Gordon’s Chevrolet a new look in 2013, when he had one victory, eight top fives and finished sixth in the premier series points standings.
With Axalta sponsorship and plenty of bright flames along the sides of his Chevrolet, Jeff Gordon won his record fifth Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.
For the 2015 Bristol Night Race, Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports went old school on the No. 24, with a bright Axalta paint scheme that harkened back to the original Rainbow Warriors car of 1993.
For the final race of the 2015 season, Jeff Gordon wheeled this No. 24 Axalta-sponsored Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Gordon finished third in points his last full-time season of racing.
Jeff Gordon filled in for an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. for eight races in the 2016. In four of those eight races, Axalta was the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet that Gordon drove in Earnhardt’s place.