NASCAR: Jeff Gordon to Leave FOX after Being Named Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsports

by Robert Davis

NASCAR announced today that Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon is setting down the microphone at FOX for a front-office gig at Hendrick Motorsport.

“I cannot thank the entire FOX Sports family enough for the incredible opportunity I’ve had over the past six seasons,” Gordon said in a statement. “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.”

Hendrick Gave Jeff Gordon a Full Plate

Hendrick said the plan to make Gordon an executive has been in the works for years. Even so, Hendrick has no intention of stepping away from his majority role.

“I’ve always been impressed with his business instincts,” Hendrick said in a statement. “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.

According to the press release, Gordon will assume vice chairmanship of the company. That will make him the second-ranking member in the organization to chairman and owner Rick Hendrick. He will also assume Hendrick’s seat on NASCAR’s team owner council. Gordon is also expected to take Hendricks’ seat on Hendrick Motorsport’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

If Gordon’s plate wasn’t full enough, he will also work alongside team president Marshall Carlson and general manager Jeff Andrews. His first day in the new role is on January 1, 2022.

Following the news of Gordon’s departure, Eric Shanks, CEO at FOX Sports, thanked Gordon for his time on the network.

“Just like he did on the track, Jeff distinguished himself as an all-time winner on our FOX Sports team,” Shanks said in a statement. “While we are sad to see him go, everyone at FOX Sports wishes Jeff nothing but continued success.”

History with Hendrick Motorsports

Gordon became an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports back in 1999. To this day, he is still the only partner in the business. He was first listed as an owner in 2001 when Jimmie Johnson was driving the No. 48 Chevrolet.

Hendrick Motorsport has won 13 Cup Series championships and owns the most Cup Series victories with 271. Gordon recorded 95 victories during his 25-year career.