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.”