The 4 time Cup collection champion, who might be inducted into the NASCAR Corridor of Fame subsequent month, has agreed to a brand new multi-year deal as a race analyst with Fox Sports activities. Gordon’s first TV contract went by the 2018 season.
“It was a ‘no-brainer’ for me, much more so this time round,” Gordon, 47, informed Motorsport.com. “The primary time, I didn’t precisely know what I used to be getting myself into. I didn’t know whether or not I used to be going to be any good at it, if I used to be going to take pleasure in it.
“I’ve loved it quite a bit. I believe it’s an ideal transition out of driving the automobile and what comes together with the competitors and the teamwork that goes into being a driver. It’s an ideal transition since you work with a workforce of individuals, the competitors might be you your self and attempting to push your self to get higher.
“It has some similarities to it but with out all the danger. The danger now is occurring to social media after the race.”
I’m having fun with it greater than I even thought I might and that’s why I’m going to proceed on
Gordon stated he doesn’t thoughts the criticism.
“I’ve at all times been one among my very own strongest critics, and I’m fairly open and trustworthy about issues like that,” he stated. “However I’ve loved it a lot that I hoped Fox would desire a new contract and fortunately it labored out to try this.”
Future function at Hendrick Motorsports
There was a lot hypothesis this previous season whether or not Gordon might step away from his TV function and shortly transition to a bigger function within the entrance workplace of Hendrick Motorsports.
Gordon stated these discussions with workforce proprietor Rick Hendrick occurred earlier than he retired and proceed immediately however there stays no agency timetable.
“I believe that there could also be that function sooner or later, I believe it’s in all probability very possible,” Gordon stated. “However it’s looking for out when that timing goes to be proper for Rick and myself.
“Fairly frankly, we had conversations earlier than I retired about what the following few years after driving would appear like and truly – he in all probability regrets it a bit of bit now – however I took his recommendation. He thought doing TV can be a great factor and I might in all probability do a great job at it.
“Now, I’m having fun with it greater than I even thought I might and that’s why I’m going to proceed on. It’s been a fairly good stability. It provides me an ideal alternative to work in addition to spend time with my household.
“Proper now, I’m fairly pleased with the way in which it’s.”
Transition to the sales space
Previous to his function as a fulltime Fox NASCAR analyst, Gordon served as a race analyst for Fox Sports activities’ protection of three Xfinity Sequence in 2015. His transfer to the Fox sales space furthered a profession during which his affability and crossover enchantment supplied him quite a few high-profile tv and film alternatives along with his record-setting driving profession.
Gordon has additionally benefited from working with a constant group since arriving at Fox, one thing not at all times attainable in broadcasting.
For Gordon’s first three seasons within the broadcast sales space – and once more this 12 months – he has labored alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Pleasure and analyst and fellow Corridor of Famer Darrell Waltrip. Longtime Fox NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds has served as a further race analyst with the trio throughout Gordon’s tenure.
“They’ve change into like household to me,” Gordon stated. “I’ve actually loved working with them. I noticed DW just a few weeks in the past and had that little snicker and smile on his face and I had the identical factor.
“I believe since you work collectively for 18 weeks and never for 38, you’re excited to see each other and work with each other and have enjoyable doing it. Though it’s a severe job, you get to have enjoyable doing it and Darrell has actually taught me quite a bit.
“Mike is simply an unimaginable skilled and I’ve realized a ton from him. Our producer helps run the TV broadcast, however Mike helps run the present and he’s so good at it. We have now an superior workforce, whether or not it’s on ‘Race Hub’ or on the observe.”