Five-time Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sunday, 2 pm on NBCSN) and next weekend at Pocono Raceway for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday.
Earnhardt is out because of concussion-like symptoms. He said in a podcast released Monday that he had nausea and balance issues, and that his recovery is “just going to take a lot of patience.’’
Earnhardt underwent further evaluation Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
“Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, in a statement issued by the team. “There’s nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we’ll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What’s best for Dale is what’s best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We’re all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon.”
By missing three races, Earnhardt likely will need to win an event to make the playoffs provided he returns before the Chase begins.
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