Jeff Gordon could come out of retirement for next week’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Gordon, who ended his NASCAR career in 2015, has been officially named as the replacement driver for the number-88 car if Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t cleared to race. Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt made the announcement Friday morning during a press conference at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. won’t be racing this weekend after being diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.
Gordon is a four-time Sprint Cup champion and is currently in France with family. So for this weekend’s race in New Hampshire, Alex Bowman will be the replacement driver for Earnhardt Jr.
The decision on whether Gordon will fill in at the Brickyard 400 will likely be made by Wednesday. If Gordon returns, he will be racing at the same event where he has won a record five times.