LONG POND, Pa. — Jeff Gordon got a new title this week at Hendrick Motorsports but it surely hasn’t modified the impression he’s had, notably on Saturday’s Cup winning team of Alex Bowman and crew chief Greg Ives.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion at Hendrick, was named Hendrick Motorsports vice chairman this week. When he formally assumes the position on Jan. 1, 2022, he’ll change into the No. 2 particular person within the group behind staff proprietor Rick Hendrick.
Saturday, Hendrick Motorsports prolonged its Cup successful streak to 6 factors races (seven total, counting the NASCAR All-Star Race). Hendrick Motorsports goes for one more win in at present’s Cup race at Pocono Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). It has been 49 days since a staff aside from Hendrick gained a Cup race.
After Saturday’s win, Ives famous an impactful dialog with Gordon after a disappointing efficiency final weekend at Nashville.
“This week, the 48 automobile had a troublesome Nashville, proper, and the nice factor was Jeff gave me time to speak,” Ives stated. “He’s been although a variety of conditions that concerned successful and concerned powerful days. He was in a position to give me 20 minutes of his time and provides me recommendation, not solely recommendation but in addition learn how to perhaps have a look at some totally different conditions sooner or later as a result of he’s skilled it. I feel it’s a big impact for Hendrick Motorsports to have that man that has completed a lot but in addition has had an extended profession.”
Bowman stated his relationship with Gordon has grown since they shared the No. 88 journey in 2016 for an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“Jeff is tremendous useful,” Bowman stated. “He will get it from an organizational aspect, he will get it from a race automobile driver aspect. That’s been actually cool. I don’t assume I talked to him in any respect this week except for I feel he was on the assembly. Heaps gone on this week, I can’t bear in mind.
“I bought to fly dwelling from Raceway Park in Indianapolis, I suppose, two weeks in the past with him now. That was actually cool, to fly dwelling with him and his mother and father, share outdated open-wheel racing tales. It’s been type of cool to construct that relationship with Jeff.
“After I first began driving the 88 and type of sharing it with him, I didn’t actually know Jeff. That most likely out of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports, simply with him having to put on so many various hats, having a lot occurring, like that relationship most likely took the longest to construct. But it surely’s actually cool to get to lean on someone with a lot data in so many various areas and have his assist and recommendation.”
Jeff Andrews, basic supervisor for Hendrick Motorsports, notes the impression Gordon has had and might have on the group.
“We stay up for his contributions to our firm,” Andrews stated. “I feel we’ve already seen a variety of issues he’s been concerned in, behind the scenes, when he wasn’t working in his tv job there.
“For him to return to us now in that full-time position – he’s planning on being right here (Sunday) with us – to have watched him, to have been lucky sufficient to have been with him by way of his profession at Hendrick Motorsports, transitioning to a driver, getting extra concerned in possession and management position now, it’s been an honor.
“I feel all of us at Hendrick, from the drivers, crew chiefs, all the workers are tremendous enthusiastic about what which means to our future.”