Last week Hendrick Motorsports announced that four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will take up a role of vice chairman. Is another multi-time Cup Series winner with close ties to the company be next in line for a management role?
Jeff Gordon met the media before the weekend Explore the Pocono Mountains 350 at Pocono Raceway, the first official press conference in his new role in Hendrick’s Vice Chairman. However, the name that brought up was former HMS man Jimmie Johnson, who won seven Cup Series titles in a 20-year span with the team.
Jimmie Johnson retired from NASCAR following the 2020 season although he has been kept busy with part-time driving roles in IndyCar and IMSA sports-car racing. Jeff Gordon says he’d be happy to welcome his former teammate Johnson.
“Obviously Ally, one of our partners, is part of that and Rick Hendrick is a part of that,” Gordon said. “So, in some ways, yes. I don‘t know. We‘ll see. If he is ever wanting to step away from IndyCar; hey, listen. He‘s been a tremendous asset to us over the years. We would love to have him on board in some way.”