Jeff Gordon joining Fox as full-time analyst in 2016

Jeff Gordon has decided what he will do after his racing career is over. Gordon, who is retiring after the current NASCAR season, will be up in the television booth in 2016 as a full-time analyst for Fox, according to the Associated Press.

Gordon will join Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the three-man booth for Fox.

"NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can't wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with Fox," Gordon said Thursday. "I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I'm very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective."

Gordon has already logged some TV experience, as he has been in the Fox booth for three Xfinity Series races this season. He will begin his new job later in 2015 by providing in-race reports during select races.

Gordon is replacing Larry McReynolds, who will move to an in-race analyst role alongside Michael Waltrip and host Chris Myers. Gordon's first race in the booth will be in February at the Daytona 500.

"The things that you see and are able to tell the fans and observe for the fans, when you are that close, and that relevant, from getting out of the car, is really unique," Fox Sports president Eric Shanks said of adding Gordon to the team. "It's great to be able to get somebody who will be able to tell you exactly what it's like to try to pass Kevin Harvick or hold off Kevin Harvick."

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