"Jeff's a team player," Hendrick said. "I know he'll be ready, and I know Dale has incredible trust in him. It's going to be an emotional weekend (at Indianapolis) with Dale not being there and seeing Jeff back behind the wheel. (Crew chief) Greg (Ives) and the team did a great job at New Hampshire, and they have the full support of our organization."
"I'm at the point in my career where I get to do whatever in the heck I want to do," he said. "Racing is my life. And I don't know what I'll do if I was to ever lose that. And I'm not going to lose that anytime soon."