Evernham guided Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 team to three championships in four seasons, and a series-leading 49 wins in the 1990s.
- Inducted: 2018
- Position:Owner / Crew Chief
Chief of the Rainbow Warriors
In the 1992 season finale, a young driver and crew chief pairing made their NASCAR premier series debut.
Less than a decade later, Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham were in the record books. Evernham guided Gordon and the No. 24 team to three championships in four seasons (1995, 1997, 1998), and a series-leading 49 wins in the 1990s. Among their triumphs were two Daytona 500s (1997, 1999) and two Brickyard 400s (1994, 1998).
Matching Evernham’s mechanical prowess was his innovation on pit road. Under his direction, the “Rainbow Warriors” revolutionized the art of the pit stop. In 2001, Evernham tried his hand at ownership, leading the return of Dodge to NASCAR. His drivers won 13 times, including Bill Elliott’s triumph in the 2002 Brickyard 400.
After selling majority ownership of his team in 2007, Evernham worked for ESPN as a race analyst before joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2014 as a consultant for its competition department.
Evernham first found success as a modified driver during the 1970s and 1980s. Photo courtesy of Ray Evernham Enterprises.
With Jeff Gordon in victory lane after winning the Daytona 500 in 1997. Photo by ISC Images via Getty Images.
As an owner, celebrating with Kasey Kahne after a win at Texas Motor Speedway in 2006. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images.