At some point, Jeff Gordon could be introduced as the owner of Hendrick Motorsports.
If that moment comes, the four-time Cup champion said he would be "truly honored" to take the reign from the team's founder, Rick Hendrick.
Gordon, who is a minority owner of the team he drove full-time for from 1993-2015, addressed his potential future Sunday before his induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday.
Gordon said he and Hendrick have been talking about his potential future since three years before he retired.
"I went to Rick and told him what I wanted to do and felt like it was the right time," Gordon said. "I felt like things were starting to line up with Chase Elliott. So those things were playing out well timing-wise for me and I thought for Hendrick. Because I have so much respect for the organization, being not just an equity owner but what they've done for me, what that organization did for my career, I feel like I owe that back to them to be respectful and to try and give all that I can back to it to continue to see it be successful even when I stepped away."
Gordon doesn't know exactly what will come of his ownership talks with Hendrick, but that "I can see in the future that interesting me a lot," Gordon said.
"If that day ever comes, I would be truly honored even though I don't think I can do the job that he's done."
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