Jeff Gordon to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. for at least 2 more races
Dale Earnhardt Jr. out, the recently-retired Jeff Gordon back in.
Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is slated to come out of retirement and compete for the first time this year on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Dale Jr.’s substitute driver.
Dale Jr., who was initially sidelined and missed the Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire on July 17 with the concussion-like symptoms, is expected to miss at least two more races as he has yet to clear the concussion test, according to NASCAR.com.
Gordon will also sub for Earnhardt Jr. during the July 31 race at Pocono.
“Jeff’s a team player,” longtime car owner Rick Hendrick said in a team statement, according to NASCAR.com. “I know he’ll be ready, and I know Dale has incredible trust in him. It’s going to be an emotional weekend (at Indianapolis) with Dale not being there and seeing Jeff back behind the wheel.”
He initially retired after the 2015 Sprint Cup season finale.