Jeff Gordon leaves Fox Sports and returns to Hendrick
It always seemed like a matter of time before Jeff Gordon took on a bigger role with Hendrick Motorsports. This hour now has a date.
Hendrick Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Gordon has been appointed vice president of the company. He will be the second team official behind team president and owner Rick Hendrick (photo left, above, with Gordon). Gordon officially assumes the role on January 1, 2022.
In his role, Gordon will focus on the organization’s competition and marketing groups. Gordon, who already has a daily presence at Hendrick, will work alongside team chairman Marshall Carlson and general manager Jeff Andrews. Additionally, Gordon joins Hendrick on the NASCAR Team Owners Council and will assume the Hendrick Motorsports seat on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
âI can’t express what Hendrick Motorsports means to me,â Gordon said. âIn many ways this is my home, and the people here are my family. I have never lost my passion for organization, for our sport and for the simple challenge of running and winning at the highest level. Being a part of the competition is where I am happiest and I feel I can make the biggest contribution to the continued and long term success of the team.
âRick and I have a common vision, based on the values ââhe instilled, the culture he built and our desire to be the best in all categories, on and off the track.
Gordon drove for Hendrick from 1992 until his retirement from full-time competition after the 2015 season. Driving the No. 24 Chevrolet, Gordon won 93 races and four championships. During his Cup Series career, Gordon won all of the major races in the NASCAR Cup Series. Gordon became a shareholder of Hendrick Motorsports in 1999 and remains Hendrick’s sole partner.
âJeff and I have been talking about this for many years, and I think it’s a natural evolution for him and our business,â said Hendrick. âI have always been impressed by his commercial instinct. At some level, he’s been involved in every major decision we’ve made over the past two decades, and his influence has grown steadily since he quit driving. He understands our culture, our values ââand the importance we place on our people and our partnerships.
âI love to run and compete, and Jeff is the only person I know who hates losing as much as I do. I am feeling great physically and have no plans to be going anywhere anytime soon, which is exactly why now is the right time. In the years to come, I couldn’t be more excited to work hand in hand with him and cement the future of Hendrick Motorsports together.
Gordon will be stepping down from his broadcast duties with Fox Sports at the end of the year. Gordon has been an analyst at Fox Sports since 2016.
âI cannot thank the entire Fox Sports family enough for the incredible opportunity I have had over the past six seasons,â said Gordon. âI have come to really appreciate the responsibility of bringing the sport to our fans and the tremendous work that goes on in our shows every week. I will definitely miss it, but I will always be grateful to Fox for the experience and for the trust they have placed in me. It has been a privilege to work with such a talented group of people.
âJust like he did on the track, Jeff stood out as an all-time winner on our Fox Sports team,â said Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer of Fox Sports. “Although we are sad to see him go, everyone at Fox Sports wishes Jeff continued success.”