Is a NASCAR TV analyst career in Jeff Gordon’s future? ‘I’d entertain it’

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Would Jeff Gordon trade his helmet for a headset after exiting his No. 24 Chevrolet after the 2015 Sprint Cup Season?

The four-time series champion said Friday morning he would consider a career as a TV analyst in NASCAR after he leaves full-time competition this year.

“I love the sport,” Gordon said during an interview with “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM Radio’s NASCAR channel. “I’m very passionate about it. I love to critique it. I think I could do a good job with that. I don’t think it’s an easy job. I’ll be honest. I have a lot of respect for those that do it from radio and TV. I’d entertain it.”

Multiple sources have told MotorSportsTalk that Gordon put out feelers to TV networks last year about the possibility of eventually entering the broadcast booth.

It’s become a common transition for several retiring stars with affable personalities. Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty are among many who have become familiar faces as TV analysts. Jeff Burton will become the latest in July when NBC Sports begins its 10-year deal of broadcasting NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

As a frequent guest host on Live! With Kelly and Michael and the only race car driver to host Saturday Night Live (in January 2003), Gordon is a natural in front of the camera.

But Gordon, who hasn’t ruled out racing in myriad series beginning in 2016, said he would be spending the season mulling his next step.

“I don’t know if (TV is) at the top of my list right now,” Gordon said. “Throughout this year, one of the things I have to get acclimated to is actually to have a real job. That’s going to be an adjustment.

“When you’re a race car driver, you’ve got it pretty good. At the Cup level, I’ve had it really good. I’ve been able to do something I enjoy, I’m challenged with, I’m good at. Finding that next thing to do is not going to be like that. I hope it’s something I’m passionate about and love to do, but it’s certainly going to have a different schedule and mindset.”

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).