Jeff Gordon ready to take on new role outside of a racecar

Jeff Gordon during the 2016 NASCAR Media Tour Tuesday (Greg Engle)
Jeff Gordon during the 2016 NASCAR Media Tour Tuesday (Greg Engle)
Jeff Gordon during the 2016 NASCAR Media Tour Tuesday (Greg Engle)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon spent all of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup racing with a finality. After announcing his retirement in January the future Hall of Famer spent his final season as a full time competitor enjoying the accolades from race tracks, fellow drivers and fans. He made the Chase with a dramatic win at Martinsville and finished third in the final standings.  But Wednesday, after spending his first offseason as a non-driver, Gordon was introduced in his new role, as an analyst for Fox Sports.

The offseason for drivers is typically a busy one. And thanks to his new role, it was a busy one for Gordon as well.

“I’ve really enjoyed the time off,” Gordon said Wednesday during the preseason NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte North Carolina. “I’ve really enjoyed the perpetration, getting ready to go into the booth and join this team. I’ve just embraced it more than anything else and I’m excited.”

Gordon said that instead of helping to prepare cars, or getting ready to compete in a grueling 36 race season, he was learning stats and how to relay his experiences in the racecar to viewers. He raced in NASCAR’s top division since 1993, started a record 796 consecutive races and finished fourth on the all time winners list with93 career wins. Getting ready for each of those seasons meant a great deal of work in the offseason. Now that he won’t be racing this season, you might think Gordon had a relaxing two months. However, Gordon said he was just as busy as ever. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.