Ray Evernham is returning to ESPN as a NASCAR analyst for the 2012 season, ESPN.com  reported. Evernham will be featured on several of the network’s shows during Daytona Speedweeks.
Evernham served as an analyst with the network from 2008 to 2010, leaving to join Hendrick Companies as a consultant.
Evernham issued a statement:
I chose to take a year off from ESPN out of respect for ESPN and Hendrick Motorsports. I didn’t want to create any perceived conflict of interest while I got my bearings at Hendrick and didn’t want to cause distraction to either company. Now that I’m settled at Hendrick Performance, I don’t have any involvement on the racing side of the operations and it frees me from any conflict with NASCAR teams. Mr. Hendrick and I have worked out an agreement that allows me to return to the ESPN team.