Jeff Gordon will join Darrell Waltrip and Mike Joy in the FOX Sports booth as a race analyst starting with the 2016 NASCAR season, the network announced earlier today. Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup champion who is widely credited with helping take NASCAR mainstream, announced in January he would retire at the end of his 23rd season as the full-time driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet.
Gordon has agreed to a multi-year deal with FOX which will see him serve as a race analyst for every event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar, starting with Daytona Speedweeks next February. He will call the both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying sessions, along with the race itself. FOX says the move is more proof of Gordon’s affability, which helped him land multiple TV, movie and commercial roles of the course of his long and successful career as an auto racing driver.
“Jeff is not only a champion but an icon of a racing generation,” FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer,Eric Shanks, said in a statement. “We are thrilled he has chosen to become a part of the FOX Sports family and pair his experience with Darrell. Each is credited with helping elevate NASCAR to the popularity it attained in his respective era, and alongside Mike Joy, this duo will treat fans to unmatched insights each and every week.”
Gordon has scored 92 victories in 772 career starts, along with 322 top fives and 461 top 10 finishes. Between him and three-time NASCAR champion Darell Waltrip, there will be seven NASCAR championships-worth of experience in the FOX Sports booth next season. How’s that for insight?
“NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can’t wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with FOX and to be in the booth with Mike and Darrell,” Gordon said.”I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I’m very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective.”