Hendrick Motorsports announced on Wednesday that NASCAR legend and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon has been named Vice Chairman of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team and becomes the number two ranking team official after team owner, Chairman, and majority shareholder Rick Hendrick.
The Fox Sports NASCAR analyst commented saying:
“I cannot put into words what Hendrick Motorsports means to me. “In many ways, it’s my home and the people here are my family. I’ve never lost my passion for the organization, for our sport, and for the sheer challenge of racing and winning at the highest level. Being part of the competition is where I’m happiest and feel I can make the biggest contribution to the continued, long-term success of the team. Rick and I have a shared vision, which is based on the values he’s instilled, the culture he’s built and our desire to be the very best in all categories, on and off the track.”
Team owner Rick Hendrick commented on the news saying:
“Jeff and I have talked about this for many years, and I feel it’s a natural evolution for him and our company. “I’ve always been impressed with his business instincts. On some level, he’s been involved in every major decision we’ve made over the last two decades, and his influence has continued to grow since he stopped driving. He understands our culture, our values, and the importance we place on our people and our partnerships.
Hendrick who fields four full-time cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went on to say:
“I love racing and competing, and Jeff is the only person I know who hates to lose as much as I do. I feel great physically and have no plans to go anywhere anytime soon, which is exactly why it’s the right time. In the years to come, I couldn’t be more energized about working arm-in-arm with him and cementing the future of Hendrick Motorsports together.”
Gordon, who will take up his new role on January 1, 2022, commented saying:
“I cannot thank the entire FOX Sports family enough for the incredible opportunity I’ve had over the past six seasons,. “I’ve come to truly appreciate the responsibility of bringing the sport to our fans and the tremendous work that goes into our broadcasts each and every week. I’m certainly going to miss it, but I will forever be grateful to FOX for the experience and for the trust they’ve placed in me. It’s been a privilege to work with such a talented group of people.”