Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two races due to concussion-like symptoms, Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday.
Earnhardt said on his podcast this week that he has been experiencing difficulties with his balance and nausea.
Jeff Gordon will return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing to replace Earnhardt in the races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24 and Pocono Raceway on July 31.
Gordon, who is a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, last raced at the 2015 Sprint Cup. With 93 career victories in the series, he ranks third all-time on the Sprint Cup list, earning championships in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001.
“Our focus is giving Dale all the time he needs to recover,” Hendrick Mostorsports owner Rick Hendrick said. “There’s nothing we want more than to see him back in the race car, but we’ll continue to listen to the doctors and follow their lead. What’s best for Dale is what’s best for Hendrick Motorsports and everyone involved with the team. We’re all proud of him and looking forward to having him racing soon.”