Nascar

Jeff Gordon's adopted hometown hosts farewell tour celebration before final Brickyard 400

  • Fans sit on the curb as they await the arrival of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon during parade in his honor in Pittsboro, Ind., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Gordon will drive in Sunday's Brickyard 400.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Fans sit on the curb as they await the arrival of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon during parade in his honor in Pittsboro, Ind., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Gordon will drive in Sunday's Brickyard 400. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • A fan waves as he  drives a replica of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon's car in front of fans that lines the route of a parade to honor Gordon in Pittsboro, Ind., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Gordon will drive in Sunday's Brickyard 400.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    A fan waves as he drives a replica of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon's car in front of fans that lines the route of a parade to honor Gordon in Pittsboro, Ind., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Gordon will drive in Sunday's Brickyard 400. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon pumps his fist as he takes the stage following a parade in his honor in Pittsboro, Ind., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Gordon will drive in Sunday's Brickyard 400.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon pumps his fist as he takes the stage following a parade in his honor in Pittsboro, Ind., Thursday, July 23, 2015. Gordon will drive in Sunday's Brickyard 400. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

Jeff Gordon was presented with Indiana's highest civilian award and became an honorary member of his hometown police department Thursday.

Three days before racing in his final Brickyard 400, the four-time NASCAR champion was the guest of honor in Pittsboro, a short drive northwest of Indianapolis. Hundreds of people lined the streets for a parade and crowded around a temporary stage for the presentation in the town where Gordon honed his racing skills as a teenager.

With Main Street draped in American flags, speedway flags and the Rainbow Warrior's familiar No. 24 car, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence presented Gordon with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award.

Gordon also received a plaque with his high school diploma from Tri-West High School, which he attended, and proclamations recognizing Jeff Gordon Day.