NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart Gives the Firesuit Off His Back to Jeff Gordon Online Charity Auction

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Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart surprises fellow driver and NASCAR Cup Series champ Jeff Gordon, by autographing and donating an authentic, race-used Home Depot uniform to an online charity auction that benefits The Jeff Gordon Foundation. The auction also features rare movie props and other memorabilia autographed by Hollywood celebrities and legendary athletes.

Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has donated one of his actual race-used Home Depot firesuits to fellow driver and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, for an online charity auction that benefits The Jeff Gordon Foundation. The donation was a pleasant surprise to Gordon and auction coordinators, as authentic race-used NASCAR driver uniforms are highly sought after by collectors and race fans. Normally, less than a dozen firesuits are produced for each driver each year, and many of these authentic uniforms end up either displayed in the race shops or given to primary sponsors as gifts.

Stewart wore the firesuit during the recent UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 race weekend in Las Vegas, and put his famous autograph on it, instantly increasing its value. Auction coordinators were thrilled by this donation, as they were expecting Stewart to donate an autographed t-shirt or hat. “Tony’s donation of his Las Vegas firesuit to The Jeff Gordon Foundation’s online auction is yet another example of his generous spirit,” said Jules Moss, Business Development Manager for The Jeff Gordon Foundation. “Tony was a huge hit at our poker tournament in Las Vegas, and we are grateful for his continued support of our efforts to raise funds for children in need. We know his firesuit will go a long way toward helping the Foundation make a difference in the charities that we support.”

The auction is being hosted by, the official online auction site of Jeff Gordon, Inc., and ends on April 9th. Collectors and fans are able to bid on a variety of items from the recent Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic, as well as some very unique pieces of memorabilia and movie props that have been donated by celebrity participants. The majority of the items are personally autographed by the stars.

The Jeff Gordon Foundation Poker Classic took place at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, on March 8, 2006. Gordon teamed with Chris Moneymaker, 2003 World Series of Poker champion, to co-host the huge event, and played against finalists from all over the country who had earned a spot in the Classic. In addition, 21 other celebrities joined in, all playing on behalf of the Jeff Gordon Foundation. Many of the celebrities autographed and donated items to Gordon, which are also currently being auctioned off. The net proceeds from the online bidding will benefit The Jeff Gordon Foundation.

The centerpiece of the auction is an actual full-size poker table from the tournament. The table, custom made for the event, has been signed by Gordon and Moneymaker and was used by them for the media event and Bluff magazine photo shoot. Also on the virtual auction block is a full-size hood from the promotional racecar built for the movie Racing Stripes, which is signed by Gordon, Dustin Hoffman, Frankie Muniz, Jeff Foxworthy, Hayden Panetierre, David Spade, Steve Harvey and other actors who provided voices for characters in the popular movie.

Several other one-of-a-kind pieces of Racing Stripes movie memorabilia are up for bid, including the actual saddle and jockey-jersey used by Hayden Panetierre while racing on “Stripes” the Zebra. Comedians Spade and Harvey have donated two hand-painted collector plates, which they personally designed and displayed at the Racing Stripes Hollywood premier.

Gordon has donated a Goodyear Eagle tire to the auction, which was on his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo when he won the 2005 Daytona 500. Other noteworthy athletes who have signed and donated items are Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Tony Stewart, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Arnold Palmer, and Annika Sorenstam.

A full list of items up for bid, as well as details about the auction, can be found on the homepage.

About The Jeff Gordon Foundation:

The Jeff Gordon Foundation was established in December of 1999, by the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion to support the physical, social and intellectual needs of children and their families. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that benefits The Leukemia &

Lymphoma Society®, The Make-A-Wish Foundation®, and Riley Hospital for Children, The Marrow Foundation® in partnership with The Hendrick Marrow Program and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, NC. For more information, visit

About is an online auction house that specializes only in automotive and racing collectibles and memorabilia. Their anti-fraud and bidder-protection policies have made them a trusted source amongst collectors. For more information, visit

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