PIR salutes Jeff Gordon by renaming track in his honor

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 PANASONIC Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 PANASONIC Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 12: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 PANASONIC Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference after practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Among all the honors accorded four-time champion Jeff Gordon, the one conceived by Phoenix International Raceway is among the highest.

On Nov. 15 – the day of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at the one-mile track – PIR will become Jeff Gordon Raceway.

The race will be the next-to-last in Gordon’s career as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Gordon, a four-time winner at Phoenix, will move to the FOX Sports broadcast booth in 2016.

“This has been a very special year for the fans and the tracks, and you guys just took it to another level,” Gordon told PIR president Bryan Sperber during Friday’s announcement at Michigan.

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