MARTINSVILLE, Va. — His contract with FOX is up at the end of 2018 but Jeff Gordon said he hasn’t considered ending his role as a NASCAR analyst with the television network.
“I never said anything about not coming back,” Gordon said Tuesday when asked about rumors he would not return to the booth.
“I think maybe some people are misunderstanding. I was doing something with Adam Stern (of “SportsBusiness Daily”) talking about my role at Hendrick. I said how much I really enjoyed TV, my contract is up in ’18 and I haven’t had any discussions about what beyond that holds.”
Gordon won four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles and 93 races while competing for Hendrick Motorsports. He and team owner Rick Hendrick have a long, close relationship and Gordon remains an integral part of the four-team organization. He was at Martinsville Speedway Tuesday with the No. 24 team and driver Chase Elliott during the opening day of a two-day organizational test for the series.
He retired from full-time competition at the end of 2015, but did return briefly in ’16 to fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the request of Hendrick.
Gordon works alongside lead announcer Mike Joy and fellow analyst, and three-time series champion, Darrell Waltrip in the booth during the FOX portion of the NASCAR season.
“My offices are at Hendrick Motorsports,” Gordon said. “I’m not just friends with Rick, we’re partners. So I’m always going to be talking about what’s going on at Hendrick.”