NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon announced 2015 as final year for racing full-time

January 23, 2015 2:45 am
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon announced on Thursday that 2015 will be his final year racing full-time in the stock car series.
This
year’s Sprint Cup Series will be Gordon’s 23rd full-time season in
NASCAR with the California native having won four titles – the latest in
2001 – as well as three wins at the Daytona 500.
While Gordon
insisted he will not give up racing altogether, the 43-year-old has
other interests he would like to spend more time on.

“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 said in a release on his official website.
“I
won’t use the ‘R-word’ [retirement] 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.
“I don’t foresee a day when I’ll ever step away from racing. I’m a fan of all forms of motor , but particularly NASCAR.
“We
have a tremendous product and I’m passionate about the business and its
future success. 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. It means so much to have the chance to
continue working with the owner who took a chance on me and the
incredible team that’s stood behind me every step of the way.
“Racing
has provided a tremendous amount of opportunity that’s been
extraordinarily rewarding and fulfilling in my life. The work we’re
doing with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation will continue to be
extremely important to me. Outside the race car, my passion is
paediatric cancer research, and my efforts will remain focused there
when I’m no longer driving.”
Gordon underlined his commitment to his final season, claiming he will be looking to notch a fifth overall title.
“My primary focus now and throughout 2015 will be my performance in the number 24 Chevrolet,” he said.
“I’m going to pour everything I have into this season and look forward to the challenge of competing for one last championship.”

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