(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) Jeff Gordon weaved his way through a mob of fans lined the outside the media center, all screaming for an autograph from a driver they thought would never again wear a firesuit.
He stepped over the tripod legs of three TV cameras lined against a side wall, patted a reporter on the back and took a seat on the dais where he was peppered with questions about how long his comeback tour might last.
"I'll be here as long as they need me," Gordon said. "I say that very loosely."