Jeff Gordon is coming out of retirement for at least two weeks.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday morning that Gordon would drive the No. 88 for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in the July 31 race at Pocono Raceway as Earnhardt remains sidelined with concussion-like symptoms. Earnhardt Jr. also missed the July 17 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Gordon retired at the end of 2015 after 23 seasons behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. He moved into the TV booth for Fox Sports and has watched rookie Chase Elliott drive the No. 24 car. The two will compete alongside each other in Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400.
A four-time champion with Hendrick Motorsports and a five-time winner at Indianapolis, Gordon was welcomed back with open arms on social media by drivers and fans despite the unfortunate circumstances.