Gordon readies for the Brickyard
Indianapolis and Pocono may not be the only stops on Jeff Gordon’s comeback tour.
The four-time Cup champion, who is coming out of retirement to fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. the next two races, kept the door open to running more if Earnhardt doesn’t return from concussion-like symptoms.
Gordon is expected to make his season debut in Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Hendrick Motorsports has already announced Gordon will replace Earnhardt next weekend at Pocono, too.
Earnhardt used a Twitter post on Friday to tell fans he was finally starting to feel better, writing: “Today is the 1st day in many that I sensed improvement. Seen small gains during my physical therapy as well. Light at the end of the tunnel.”
But if NASCAR’s most popular driver misses more time, Gordon appears to be ready and willing to keep racing.
“Let’s not speculate right now,” Gordon said Friday after arriving at Indy’s 2.5-mile oval. “I’ll do whatever I need to, but I’ll also do whatever the team needs to get the most points.”
Earnhardt missed two races in 2012 with concussions and took himself out of the car last weekend at New Hampshire because he was struggling with his balance. Gordon had not spoken publicly since Hendrick made the announcement Wednesday that Earnhardt needed more time to recover.
Gordon spent 23 years driving the No. 24 car to 93 career wins for team owner Rick Hendrick, including a record five times at Indianapolis.