Jeff Gordon comes out of retirement to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Brickyard 400

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– NASCAR fans in Indianapolis will see Jeff Gordon back behind the wheel Sunday for the “Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.”

Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by physicians to compete in the next two Sprint Cup Series races while he continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms.

In addition to the Brickyard, Earnhardt Jr. will miss the July 31 race at Pocono Raceway.

44-year-old Gordon, who retired last year, has won five times in Indy. No other driver has won as many races here. He will drive the No. 88 car.

“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. “Between Jeff making a return visit and Tony Stewart making his final Brickyard start, this will be a legendary weekend for Hoosier race fans at IMS!”

Sunday’s race at the Brickyard is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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