There is a possibility that the Brickyard 400 race on July 24 could bring Jeff Gordon out of retirement.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. missed the July 17 race in New Hampshire after failing to receive medical clearance due to concussion like symptoms. According to ESPN.com, Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt says that Jeff Gordon will be the one to race in Earnhardt’s place next week.
Gordon announced his official retirement after the 2015 racing season and had no plans to get back behind the wheel. However, with five wins on the Indianapolis racetrack, it seems like the right choice.
“He’s a four-time champion with 93 wins—he’s not a bad person to think about to get in the car,” says Dutchardt.
Gordon was on vacation in France during the race in New Hampshire, leaving 23-year-old Alex Bowman in the hot seat. He drove the No. 88 car to a 26th place finish.
If Earnhardt Jr. passes medical clearance for the Brickyard 400, he will be the one in the car. “When Dale is ready, it’s his car to get back into,” Duchardt says.
Earnhardt currently sits in 14th place with only eight races left in the season. Missing more than one race could put a dagger in his plans to make the 16 driver chase.
A final decision of whether or not he will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is expected by Wednesday.