How does a NASCAR driver celebrate after breaking a 66-race winless streak? If you're Jeff Gordon, you head to Hollywood to join in some Oscar parties following tonight's Academy Awards ceremony.
"We're on our way to L.A. tonight," Gordon said after his win. "There are some post-Oscar parties, so we get to celebrate with some neat people."
Gordon, who has a small part in the upcoming Pixar movie Cars 2, said he texted Pixar's John Lasseter – a friend of Gordon's – last week and predicted both men would have something to celebrate when Gordon arrived in Southern California.
"I said, 'I'm going to come celebrate a Phoenix win and your Oscar together,'" Gordon recalled. "So I can't wait to connect with him tonight. He's a huge NASCAR fan, and he's going to be so excited about this win. That's going to be a fun night tonight."
Gordon did have one regret, though: He wished the Phoenix trophy was small enough to bring to the parties.
"I've been to the parties before," he said, "and the Oscar winners carry their trophies around."
Don't hold it against Gordon if he just wanted to join in the fun.