Jeff Gordon may be retiring from the Sprint Cup after the 2015 season, but he won’t be going far from the sport. On Thursday night, Gordon announced that he’ll be joining the FOX broadcast booth on a full-time basis starting in 2016.
The four-time NASCAR champion with Hendrick Motorsports agreed to a multi-year deal after he steps out of the car. For the remainder of the 2015 season, Gordon will serve as an in-race reporter on the FOX team.
FOX seems like an ideal fit for Gordon after serving as a race analyst during three races this year for Xfinity Series races. Other drivers like Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick have also been in the booth, but Gordon’s retirement makes him a perfect candidate for the spot.
“I was very nervous the first race in Texas and I was not feeling well; I was under the weather unfortunately,” Gordon said, per Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com. “That one I was more nervous. The next one (at Bristol) I was a little more comfortable and Talladega, I got to enjoy it. The racing was fun to talk about, and I thought the experience was enjoyable and I was a little more relaxed. I look forward to gaining that confidence and being … more relaxed.”
Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip will continue to take the lead in the booth with Gordon getting his feet wet. The addition of Gordon will send Larry McReynolds to the Hollywood Hotel alongside Michael Waltrip and Chris Myers.
Gordon is heading into the Coca-Cola 600 with some momentum. Outside of a disastrous finish in Talladega, the four-time premier series champion has seven top-10 finishes in his last eight races. He also found his way into the top five in the Sprint All-Star race, so continuing that success seems like a distinct possibility.
Leading up to Sunday’s race, Gordon will be traveling to the Indianapolis 500 to drive the pace car. He’ll then head straight to Charlotte for the grueling Coke 600 on Sunday night with a sixth win at the track on his mind.
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