The four time Cup series champion, who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next month, has agreed to a new multi-year deal as a race analyst with Fox Sports. Gordon’s first TV contract went through the 2018 season.
“It was a ‘no-brainer’ for me, even more so this time around,” Gordon, 47, told Motorsport.com. “The first time, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know whether I was going to be any good at it, if I was going to enjoy it.
“I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I think it’s a great transition out of driving the car and what comes along with the competition and the teamwork that goes into being a driver. It’s a great transition because you work with a team of people, the competition is probably you yourself and trying to push yourself to get better.
“It has some similarities to it yet without all the risk. The risk now is going on to social media after the race.”
"I’m enjoying it more than I even thought I would and that’s why I’m going to continue on."
Gordon said he doesn’t mind the criticism.
“I’ve always been one of my own strongest critics, and I’m pretty open and honest about things like that,” he said. “But I’ve enjoyed it so much that I was hoping Fox would want a new contract and luckily it worked out to do that.”
Future role at Hendrick Motorsports
There has been much speculation this past season whether Gordon may step away from his TV role and soon transition to a larger role in the front office of Hendrick Motorsports.
Gordon said those discussions with team owner Rick Hendrick occurred before he retired and continue today but there remains no firm timetable.
“I think that there may be that role in the future, I think it’s probably very likely,” Gordon said. “But it’s trying to find out when that timing is going to be right for Rick and myself.
“Quite frankly, we had conversations before I retired about what the next few years after driving would look like and actually – he probably regrets it a little bit now – but I took his advice. He thought...
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