The 44-year-old racing star is set to hit the racetrack in less than two weeks for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 - a race he's already won five times.
The general manager of Hendrick Motorsports, Doug Duchardt, announced today that Jeff Gordon would be set to race in the No. 88 car on July 24th - but only if their current teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not recovered from his head injury that prevented him from participating in the New Hampshire race this weekend.
Gordon would have already been slotted to race at New Hampshire this weekend, but he's currently in France with his wife.
“When Dale is ready, it’s his car to get back into, but if Dale can’t go next week, Jeff Gordon will be the driver at Indianapolis," NBC Sports reports Duchardt said.
We reported yesterday that Hendrick Motorsports announced on Twitter that Earnhardt Jr. wouldn't be racing this weekend due to "concussion-like symptoms" and that it's not the first time he's been pulled from a race due to a head injury.
The team has also announced Alex Bowman as the replacement for this weekend's New Hampshire race, but it's unclear how this will affect Earnhardt's standings.
He currently does not have a win this season and is standing in the 13th spot in points, but in order to qualify for the Chase this year he will need to win at least one or keep himself in the top 16 spots in points.
It remains to be seen if Gordon will be a full-time go to for Hendrick in the future, but it certainly is interesting that he's breaking out of retirement to step in for his team.
Gordon announced his exit from NASCAR following the 2015 season and quickly went to work as an analyst for FOX Sports.
Watch Jeff's 5th Brickyard 400 win in the video below and let us know what you think of the news in the comments!
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