Four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductee Jeff Gordon has booked an extended stay in the broadcast booth.
Both Fox and Gordon confirmed to Autoweek that the 93-race winner has signed a multiyear extension to remain a color analyst with the company.
"I’m excited to start the new season with a new, multiyear contract with Fox Sports," said Gordon. "There are a lot of changes to the cars ahead of the 2019 season that I believe will increase competition on the track and the intensity the drivers and teams will face. I look forward to analyzing and covering those with Mike, Darrell and the entire team at FOX Sports."
Gordon, of course, is referencing the 2019 rules package that will feature something akin to pack racing — a story that will feature prominently in the national discourse during the Fox half of the broadcast schedule.
Along with his race weekend duties, the 47-year-old will also continue to appear on the weekday show "NASCAR Race Hub." Gordon also continues to co-own the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson.
That has led to speculation that Gordon would step away from the broadcast booth to increase his focus on better understanding team management from team owner Rick Hendrick. The 69-year-old team owner told Autoweek last month that he plans to hand ownership of the team to Gordon once he retires.
"That’s the way we’re going," Hendrick said. "Whenever I finally step away, it’ll be Jeff Gordon in my place."
For his part, Gordon has said it is something that does interest him down the road.
Gordon will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He will be admitted alongside Davey Allison, Alan Kulwicki (posthumous), Roger Penske and Jack Roush.
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