Jeff Gordon will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the upcoming races at Watkins Glen and Bristol as Earnhardt Jr. continues to recover from a concussion.
"It's probably the last time we'll be competing here..."
The five-time Brickyard winner said he could not miss out on an opportunity to race again in Indy.
Gordon appeared stunned as he was introduced by Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
Ahead of his final race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon returned home to Pittsboro, Indiana on July 23, 2015 where the community said thank you to #24.
Jeff Gordon attended Tri-West High School in Lizton, Indiana as a member of the Class of '89.
Thursday is Jeff Gordon Day in Pittsboro, as the town celebrates the last year of racing for their hometown hero.
By the time he was 18 years old, he won three short-track races and was awarded the USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year in 1989.
It's a big weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as racing fans gear up for the Crown Royal Brickyard 400.
Jeff Gordon Day and Parade was pushed back to July 23.