Cancel the APB, take his face off the milk cartons.
Carl Edwards has been found. The former NASCAR Cup star surfaced Saturday at Sonoma Raceway – representing a former sponsor at an event that had been previously scheduled.
Edwards is happy, hale and hearty.
Yet if you think that returning to a racetrack means Edwards will be getting behind the wheel of a race car once again, forget about it.
But he hasn’t lost his wicked sense of humor, either.
“I’ve been talking to a bunch of people and weighing my options — no, just kidding,” he said with a laugh, according to JeffGluck.com.
Then Edwards got serious.
“I haven’t talked to anyone and I haven’t even considered coming back,” Edwards said. “Not right now.
“I think it’s pretty clear if I really want to do something, then I would do it. But like I said in January, I would talk to Coach (Joe Gibbs) first — and I haven’t had any conversations about that.”
Gluck noted that Edwards did write a thank-you note to Gibbs recently that reiterated the opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing and that the organization supported him when he decided to leave racing after last season.
Given that racing has been part of his life for more than half his life, it was interesting to hear Edwards, who turns 38 in August, say he hasn’t kept up much with NASCAR nor watched many races since he walked away from the sport.
But he is doing some good. He’s continuing to fly medical patients to treatment in his private plane.
Saturday was the first time Edwards has been at a racetrack since Atlanta Motor Speedway in early March.
He then added, per ESPN.com, “I’m probably happier and more content [than in March],” Edwards said. “You know how change is. You make a change, and there always is good and bad and there’s uneasiness. But, man, I’m enjoying life and it’s good.”