Jeff Gordon has today announced that the 2015 NASCAR season will be his last full-time. Speaking on Twitter the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion published the message “Letting team know this will be my final year competing for a championship,” along with a photo [left] of the momentous occasion.
He then followed it up with a press release, adding “As a race car driver, much of what I’ve done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions. I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the offseason, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship.”
“I won’t use the ‘R-word’ because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead,” said Gordon. “There’s always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that.”
After 92 Sprint Cup wins and four championships in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001 as well as a commercial image that could arguably rival that of Dale Earnhardt senior, Gordon has achieved a lot in NASCAR over the years.
“I don’t foresee a day when I’ll ever step away from racing. I’m a fan of all forms of motor sports, but particularly NASCAR. We have a tremendous product, and I’m passionate about the business and its future success,” he said. “As an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports, I’m a partner with Rick (Hendrick) and will remain heavily involved with the company for many years to come.”
“I’ll explore opportunities for the next phase of my career, but my primary focus now and throughout 2015 will be my performance in the No. 24 Chevrolet,” added Gordon. “I’m going to pour everything I have into this season and look forward to the challenge of competing for one last championship.
“To everyone at NASCAR, my teammates, sponsors, competitors, friends, family, members of the media and especially our incredible fans, all I can say is thank you.”