Gordon to drive Earnhardt, Jr car at Brickyard 400 Sunday

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Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon speaks to the media during a news conference before practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Gordon retired from racing and will be an analyst for Fox Sports’ NASCAR coverage this season. (AP […]

INDIANAPOLIS (WSPA) Jeff Gordon will compete in the NASCAR Brickyard 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in place of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Gordon – who retired from the Sprint Cup Series at the end of the 2015 season – will fill in as driver of the Number 88 Hendrick Motorsports car as Earnhardt goes through concussion protocol. Earnhardt sat out Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway because he was not cleared to race.

Gordon has won the Brickyard 400 five times in his career after growing up in Pittsboro, Indiana which is not far from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We wish the circumstances were different, but we’re thrilled anytime we see Jeff Gordon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and know our fans will love seeing him race again,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles in a written release.

Sunday’s Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard will also feature the final appearance at IMS for driver Tony Stewart. Stewart grew up in Columbus, Indiana.

Gordon won the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis in 1994. He added victories in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2014.

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