“Getting Ready for Le Mans!” – Jeff Gordon Comes Out of Retirement to Partner With Legendary Hendrick Motorsports Crew Chief, Leaving NASCAR Fans in a Frenzy

Published 08/25/2022, 5:02 AM EDT
DARLINGTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon prior to the running of the 70th annual Bojangles Southern 500 on September 1, 2019 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It is confirmed Jeff Gordon is coming back from retirement. Though it won’t be in NASCAR, rather but in the IMSA Porsche Carrera Cup for the North American round. He will also be partnering with his former crew chief Ray Evernham. Fans went into a frenzy after the news came out, and many speculated he was preparing for something bigger than this.

Gordon will be driving at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the occasion of Labor Day. The former four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion will be behind the wheels of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

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During an interview, he said, “I’m looking forward to getting back in a race car and competing against a talented field of teams and drivers. It’s always special when I get a chance to compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ray and I have always talked about running another race together, and we felt like Indy was the perfect place.”

HOLLYWOOD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, poses for a photo with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Trophy during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship 4 Media Day at Westin Diplomat on November 19, 2015, in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon is no stranger to road course racing since he holds the highest road course wins in a single season. Moreover, fans went crazy after hearing that the legendary driver will soon be stepping out of his retirement and racing again.

NASCAR fans react to the news of Jeff Gordon returning to race

Jeff Gordon is a masterclass act when it comes to former NASCAR drivers. He holds four Cup Series Championships to his name and many other records.

Multiple fans speculated Gordon might be preparing himself to race in the 24 hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe later on with the upcoming Hendrick Motorsports program.

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Hendrick Motorsports had earlier announced that they were going to field a modified Next-Gen NASCAR Cup Series car for the iconic endurance race in France. They also listed that Jeff Gordon, among others, would be spending some simulator time. However, it was never confirmed if he would be one of the drivers for that event. It still isn’t, but is this a sign that he will be?

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Reubyn Coutinho

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