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December 2009 News


One World, Ours
December 6 - - Jeff Gordon signed up to support Hopenhagen, an initiative to combat global warming. Sign the online petition to show your support during the UN Climate Change Conference.
Video: JG signing up


Closing Ceremonies
December 5 - - Jimmie Johnson received the accolades for his unprecedented fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup series title on Friday during the awards banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. The week in Las Vegas culminated with the banquet and was highlighted by several appearances by the sport's top drivers, including four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Gordon joined the 11 other Chase drivers for a Wednesday charity roast and a Thursday victory lap on the Las Vegas Strip. Car owner Rick Hendrick received the Bill France Award of Excellence at the banquet. "Rick, you taught me to live big and small," Gordon said during his speech. "Be big in your passion for what you do, what you believe in and your successes. But be humble and appreciative, and give thanks to all those things."
Video: JG's speech


What Happens In Vegas...
December 3 - - Jimmie Johnson will receive the accolades for his unprecedented fourth consecutive NASCAR Cup series title on Friday during the awards banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ceremony will be broadcast on the Speed Channel on Friday night from 6-10pm/pacific time. The week in Las Vegas culminates with the banquet and was highlighted by several appearances by the sport's top drivers, including four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Gordon joined the 11 other Chase drivers for a charity roast and a victory lap on the Las Vegas Strip. Following the lap, the drivers participated in a Q&A session at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand.


Long Term Planning
December 1 - - Overshadowed slightly in the hoopla surrounding Jimmie Johnson's date with history during the season-finale at Homestead Miami Speedway was the comment made by Rick Hendrick during a Friday press conference about Jeff Gordon's driving future. Hendrick said that Gordon will drive "at least three or four more years" for Hendrick Motorsports. There was speculation earlier this season that a balky back would force Gordon from the driver's seat. However, he received treatment and has been nearly pain-free for several months.



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