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Jeff Gordon announces that 2015 will be his last full-time

Postby *YNC* Aloha Nole » January 22nd, 2015, 11:17 am

year as a driver.

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Jeff Gordon: Last full-time season


Updated: January 22, 2015, 10:53 AM ET
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Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon announced Thursday that the 2015 season will be his last as a full-time driver.

"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," Gordon said in a release. "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, and there's always the possibility I'll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that."

Gordon has 92 career Sprint Cup wins and championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He has spent his entire 23-year career in the No. 24 car with Hendrick Motorsports.

Gordon is third in career victories, trailing Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). He has three Daytona 500 victories and a record five Brickyard 400 wins.

Gordon made the announcement to the No. 24 team at Hendrick Motorsports' headquarters.

Gordon, 43, suffered through back spasms over the past few seasons and even considered retiring because of the severe pain. Regular treatment has kept the pain mostly in check.

"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," Gordon 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."

"... Racing has provided a tremendous amount of opportunity that's been extraordinarily rewarding and fulfilling in my life."

Gordon has won on every current NASCAR track with the exception of Kentucky Speedway.

"There's simply no way to quantify Jeff's impact," Hendrick said in a statement. "He's one of the biggest sports stars of a generation, and his contributions to the success and growth of NASCAR are unsurpassed.

"There's been no better ambassador for stock car racing and no greater representation of what a champion should be. I will never be able to properly express the respect and admiration I have for Jeff and how meaningful our relationship is to me. I'm so grateful for everything he's done for our company and my family, and I look forward to many more years together as friends and business partners."

Gordon was sixth in the 2014 Sprint Cup standings, winning four races, finishing in the top-5 on 14 occasions and capturing three pole positions.

"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," Gordon said. "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."

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Re: Jeff Gordon announces that 2015 will be his last full-ti

Postby Domer » January 22nd, 2015, 11:31 am

Good for him. He has had an amazing career.
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Re: Jeff Gordon announces that 2015 will be his last full-ti

Postby *YNC* Aloha Nole » January 22nd, 2015, 11:36 am

Yes, he has. And to be honest, if I were him, I would have hung it up years ago.

As it became quite obvious that Jimmie Johnson got all the best of the best from Hendrick and has for a long time now.

Gordon is treated as second fiddle to JJ, and Dale Jr, and Kasey Kahne are even lower in the pecking order.
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Re: Jeff Gordon announces that 2015 will be his last full-ti

Postby GR82BACANE » February 27th, 2015, 1:17 pm

I wonder if he was nudged to reire so Hendrick could keep Elliot?

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Re: Jeff Gordon announces that 2015 will be his last full-ti

Postby *YNC* Aloha Nole » February 27th, 2015, 4:09 pm

GR82BACANE wrote:I wonder if he was nudged to reire so Hendrick could keep Elliot?


No, I don't think so. Chase Elliot is in no way anywhere close to the caliber a driver a JG.

IMO, if Gordon weren't relegated to second class status with in the Hendricks garage (as I mentioned above), he is still racing good enough to win championships and would most likely not be retiring now.

If NASCAR hadn't changed the Championship format from the driver with the best season to the driver running the best at the end of the season, Gordon would have had at least 2 more Championships (that Johnson won because of points resets.)

And I believe that he would have been very close to Championship number 7 last year; and if he didn't win it, it would have only been by a few points that he didn't.
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