Jeff Gordon Semi-Retiring From NASCAR
NASCAR could be saying goodbye to one of it’s most accomplished drivers, as long-time stock car champ Jeff Gordon has made it known that 2015 will be his final year as a full-time racer. Gordon made the announcement to the #24 Hendrick Motorsports team on Thursday, saying that his bid for the 2015 Sprint Chase Cup would be his final full season as a NASCAR driver.
“I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the off-season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship”.
Gordon wouldn’t commit to a full retirement, though, saying, “I won’t use the “R-word” because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there’s always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that”.
One Last Run
Gordon is still scheduled to compete in 2015, which will be his 23rd and apparent final season in the #24 car he has driven in since 1992. Gordon admitted he’ll be ready to explore many opportunities in the next phase of his career, but that for now he’s 100% devoted to his final season.
Gone For Good?
Gordon’s exit at just 43 years old is a bit of a surprise, especially given a bit of a career revival in 2014. The star racer won four races – the most since 2007 – and despite some minor back issues, appeared to be in good health. His relatively young age and love for the tracks beg many to wonder – is this really the final championship run for the star driver?
A Look Back
If 2015 indeed sends Gordon off for good, he certainly won’t be leaving many NASCAR milestones left to accomplish. Gordon is known for winning the Daytona 500 three times, while he was dominant early in his career, being named Sprint Cup Champion four times from 1995-2001.
Gordon has been a symbol of winning when it comes to NASCAR, and he goes into his final season with the third most wins in Cup history (92), and leads the modern era of NASCAR (from 1972 to the present) in that category. Gordon will look to add to his mountain of impressive numbers during his final run.
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