Could the four-time NASCAR champion be looking at a TV career after racing?
What’s next for Jeff Gordon?
Following Thursday’s news that four-time Sprint Cup champion was stepping down from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of the year, Gordon discussed possibilities for the "next chapter" of his life.
Certainly, if he chooses, he could become the face of Hendrick Motorsports with a top managerial role. Given his eye for talent, his ability to mentor and an innate flair for working with people – sponsors in particular – Gordon would be an asset to the organization.
Then there’s Gordon’s philanthropic endeavors. On Thursday, Gordon acknowledged he would like to spend more time with efforts such as the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.
But from a fan standpoint, the best place for Gordon would be in the TV booth. There’s no one better in the garage than Gordon when it comes to expert driver commentary. The NASCAR champion – and winner of 92 Cup races – said he “would” entertain the possibility of a broadcasting career on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Friday.
I have a lot of respect for those folks whether it be radio or television. I would entertain it.
“I love the sport,” Gordon said. “I’m very passionate about it. I love to critique it. I don’t think it’s an easy job. I have a lot of respect for those folks whether it be radio or television. I would entertain it. I don’t know if it’s at the top of my list right now and I think this year, one of the things I’m going to have to get acclimated to is actually having a real job. And that’s going to be an adjustment.
“When you’re a race car driver, you got it pretty good especially at the Cup level and I’ve had it pretty good. I’ve been able to do something I enjoy, that I’m challenged with, that I’m good at and finding that next thing to do is not going to be like that. I hope that it’s something I’m passionate about, something I like to do but I know it’s going to have a different schedule and a different mindset.”