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Jeff Gordon To Return At Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 26: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Pepsi Max Graythen/Getty Images


Jeff Gordon retired as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver at the end of the 2015 season. The finale, where he came up just short of a championship sendoff, seemed fitting of one of the sport’s all time greats. Or so we thought at the time.

However, in light of Dale Earnhardt Jr, his former teammate at Hendrick Motorsports, being sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, Gordon has agreed to pilot Earnhardt’s number 88 Chevrolet at this weekend’s Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hendrick Motorsports made the announcement official via the team’s twitter account on Wednesday after a week of rampant speculation after the team confirmed Gordon would return at The Brickyard should Earnhardt Jr be unable to participate.

Gordon made 797 starts in NASCAR’s premier series, winning 93 times. He has 4 championships and holds 5 trophies for winning the Cup race at Indianapolis. Those 5 wins are more than any driver has officially at the 2.5 mile oval in Speedway, IN , across all forms of motorsports. Jeff will also run the following week’s race at Pocono Raceway on July 31st.

It is still unknown when Earnhardt will be able to return. Alex Bowman filled in for the team at New Hampshire, running well until a flat tire left him 26th at the finish. No decision has been made as of yet who would drive the car should Dale not be medically cleared to race at Watkins Glen on Aug 7th.