Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jeff Gordon's NASCAR TV career will begin this season

   Jeff Gordon may not be quite done competing on the track but his career as a NASCAR TV commentator will get a head start this season with Fox Sports.

   As part of the new 10-year NASCAR TV deal, Fox will broadcast the first half of the season of the Xfinity, formerly Nationwide, Series and the network plans to rotate Gordon and a handful of other Sprint Cup Series champions as analysts in the booth during broadcasts.

   Joining Gordon taking turns in the Fox booth will be former champion Brad Keselowski and reigning Cup champion Kevin Harvick. Both Keselowski and Harvick have also won titles in the Xfinity Series.

   Gordon, 43, announced last week the 2015 season would be his last as a fulltime competitor and when asked if working in TV was in his future coyly told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, "I'd entertain it."

   Fox plans to officially unveil its talent lineup for the 2015 season on Monday, the first day of the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour in Charlotte.

   Fox Sports 1 will televise 12 Xfinity races this season while the main Fox network will televise two - Phoenix and Talladega, Ala. Adam Alexander will do play-by-play for the races alongside NASCAR team owner Michael Waltrip and the rotation of Cup champions.

   Mike Joy, Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds will return to the booth for Fox's Cup series broadcasts this season. They will be joined on pit road by reporters Matt Yocum and newcomers, Jamie Little and Chris Neville.