NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and FOX broadcaster Jeff Gordon has announced that at the end of the year he will be leaving the broadcast booth and making a return to his old team at Hendrick Motorsports.

Gordon spent his entire NASCAR driving career in the number 24 car as one of four drivers for HMS. During that time Gordon notched 93 victories, placing him in the top five of most Cup Series wins at number three behind David Pearson and Richard Petty. Gordon also holds the record for having the most wins for team owner Rick Hendrick. Hendrick recently earned the title of team owner with the most wins at 271 and counting.

A four time Cup Series champion, Gordon will take on an executive position at HMS as the second in command behind team owner Rick Hendrick. Gordon’ job title will be vice chairman and co-owner at HMS.

Noting that he has no plans to step down any time soon, 71 year old Rick Hendrick spoke on the addition saying, “I’ve always been impressed with his business instincts. On some level, he’s been involved in every major decision we’ve made over the last two decades, and his influence has continued to grow since he stopped driving. He understands our culture, our values, and the importance we place on our people and our partnerships.

He added, “I love racing and competing, and Jeff is the only person I know who hates to lose as much as I do. I feel great physically and have no plans to go anywhere anytime soon, which is exactly why it’s the right time. In the years to come, I couldn’t be more energized about working arm-in-arm with him and cementing the future of Hendrick Motorsports together.”

Gordon issued a statement on his new position saying, “I cannot put into words what Hendrick Motorsports means to me. In many ways, it’s my home and the people here are my family. I’ve never lost my passion for the organization, for our sport, and for the sheer challenge of racing and winning at the highest level. Being part of the competition is where I’m happiest and feel I can make the biggest contribution to the continued, long-term success of the team. Rick and I have a shared vision, which is based on the values he’s instilled, the culture he’s built and our desire to be the very best in all categories, on and off the track.”

Gordon joined the FOX broadcasting team in 2016 after retiring from racing at the end of the 2015 season.

On his time at FOX, Gordon said, “I cannot thank the entire FOX Sports family enough for the incredible opportunity I’ve had over the past six seasons. I’ve come to truly appreciate the responsibility of bringing the sport to our fans and the tremendous work that goes into our broadcasts each and every week. I’m certainly going to miss it, but I will forever be grateful to FOX for the experience and for the trust they’ve placed in me. It’s been a privilege to work with such a talented group of people.”

Speaking on Gordon and his time at FOX Sports, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer at FOX Sports Eric Shanks said, “just like he did on the track, Jeff distinguished himself as an all-time winner on our FOX Sports team. While we are sad to see him go, everyone at FOX Sports wishes Jeff nothing but continued success.”

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