SPARTA, Ky. — It’s hard to believe Jeff Gordon can go anywhere without being recognized.
With the possible exception of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon has the most readily identifiable face in NASCAR racing. After all, Gordon has co-hosted on television with Kelly Ripa, he has his own brand of wine and his “Q” rating reaches far beyond his accomplishments on the asphalt.
Yet Gordon can ride the train with son Leo from Manhattan to Yankee Stadium and take in a ballgame in relative anonymity, as was the case when Gordon took Leo to a New York Yankees-Texas Rangers game on Thursday.
“I saw one couple looking at me, but they didn’t say anything,” Gordon said Friday at Kentucky Speedway. “Nobody said anything to me. I would say 99 percent of the people on that train had no idea who I was.
“At the game, once I got inside, there were several people that came up to me and were really kind and everything, but it wasn’t a distraction from me and Leo being able to have a special moment.”
The ride home mirrored the trip to the stadium.
“We got back on the train, and not one single person said anything to me,” Gordon said. “And that’s one of the things I love about New York. I go through that on a day-to-day basis up there. When you do get recognized, it’s actually a moment where you’re like, ‘Wow! I can’t believe somebody recognized me in New York City!'”
Perhaps Gordon should rethink selling his 3,500-square-foot Central Park West condo, which he put on the market for $30 million in May.
After all, you can’t put a price on privacy.