Jeff Gordon on the new #24 driver William Byron

William Byron will take former seat of Jeff Gordon in 2018

Chase Elliott will move to the #9, the #5 will become inactive and William Byron will move to the #24.

How do they feel about it? Jeff Gordon and William Byron share thoughts on each other below.

William Byron is currently in his debut NASCAR Xfinity Series season. In the past 11 races, he’s picked up 3 wins. His first career win came at Iowa Speedway.

William Byron on Jeff Gordon
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 22: William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Chevrolet, kisses the yard of bricks after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on July 22, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon

“William Byron is the perfect fit. He’s a bright young man, obviously very talented,” Jeff Gordon talked about the new #24 driver.

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“He’s sorta taken the world by storm over the last couple of years. Of what he’s done in the Truck Series and now the Xfinity Series.”

“I’m proud that’s he going to be behind the wheel of the #24 car. Continuing to represent it, to all those fans out there.”

Jeff Gordon Ashton Kutcher Matthew McConaughey Daytona 500 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, greets actors Ashton Kutcher and Matthew McConaughey prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 on February 20, 2005 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. (Photo By Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“When he went to work at JR Motorsports we knew there was a future there with Hendrick Motorsports. I started to try and get to know him a little bit better”

“I’ve been very impressed. He works really, really hard. He loves what he does and he’ll give 100% all the time.”

“Then, he’s impressed me on the track this year too. He’s been up against some stiff competition. He has a very bright future. I’m looking forward to getting to know him even more. He obviously has what it takes.”

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Jeff Gordon Daytona 500 winner
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 20: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet, celebrates his victory with a burnout during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 on February 20, 2005 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

William Byron on Jeff Gordon Legacy

“I was actually getting ready, this past weekend, at the road course. Mr. H gave me a call on Thursday. I was shocked at first. Just knowing the legacy that Jeff Gordon left behind, with that number,” stated William Byron on his call to drive #24.

“I grew up a Hendrick Motorsports fan, Jimmie fan and watched Jeff. It’s a great opportunity to impress the fan base and kind of grow my own name.”

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson
AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 11: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, races in front of Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2007 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

“He was actually the first person I talked to when we talked about running for Hendrick Motorsports last year.”

“To drive the #24 is something you kinda dream about as a kid. It’s something I never would have imagined.”



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