Jeff Gordon to drive at Indy if Dale Earnhardt Jr. still sidelined

Jeff Gordon may not be done racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after all.

Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday morning that if the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. for this Sunday's New Hampshire 301 continue to linger, causing him to sit out a second consecutive race next Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Gordon will take Earnhardt's place behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet.

Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Premier Series champion, retired at the end of last year and is a FOX Sports analyst on NASCAR television broadcasts.

Hendrick Motorsports announced that Earnhardt was sitting out this Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after experiencing the conussion-like symptoms following crashes recently at Michigan and again at Daytona. Earnhardt did race at Kentucky after the wreck at Daytona, but underwent a more extensive examination when the symptoms continued to linger afterward.

Gordon retired after 24 years of racing at NASCAR's top level, during which he recorded 93 wins in 797 career starts. Five of Gordon's wins came at Indy, where no other driver has won as many, and only Richard Petty and David Pearson have more all-time wins in the series overall.