Jeff Gordon named vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jun 24, 2021 | nascar, Hendrick Motorsports, Jeff Gordon

Photography Credit: Scott R. Lear

Multi-NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon gets to add a new title to his growing list of accomplishments come January: vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports.

Junior only to chairman Rick Hendrick, Gordon’s responsibilities will include maintaining a “daily presence at Hendrick Motorsports with a focus on the organization’s competition and marketing groups,” as well as joining “NASCAR’s team owner council and assuming Hendrick Motorsports’ seat on the sanctioning body’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.”

Photograph Courtesy Hendrick Motorpsorts.

Hendrick Motorsports and Gordon go back to 1999, when the driver became an equity owner of the motorsports team.

Gordon is set to continue his current tenure as Fox Sports broadcaster until the end of this year.

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Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
6/23/21 4:21 p.m.

If this means he will be too busy to do play by play,  cool.  

I don't think him moving into a higher role at Hendrick is likely to be a surprise to anyone.  He's always had an eye on the money end of the game, and he learned how to do it from Rick and Dale Sr. 

Wild guess,  Hendrick doesn't falter during the changeover.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/23/21 5:08 p.m.

Good for him. I met him years ago before  he was a somebody up at louden. A really nice guy.     

pirate
pirate HalfDork
6/23/21 6:00 p.m.

Win Win Win for Gordon, Hendricks, and Fans

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/23/21 7:00 p.m.

And hopefully we see Hendrick back at our Ultimate Track Car Challenge. 

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/23/21 8:08 p.m.

I'm good with this.  In many cases ex-pro athletes from any sport struggle to make a decent living after they retire.  Many times their agents skim off a lot of cash or they get involved in stupid investments.  I never expected to see Jeff on a corner of A1A with a cardboard sign, but still I'm glad Hendricks has a place for him.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/24/21 9:54 a.m.

Interesting that so much of his career has been tired to that single team and brand. How often does that happen in sports, never mind racing? 

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