Letting team know this will be my final year competing for a championship. pic.twitter.com/s7aH8OpGQZ
Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) January 22, 2015
Jeff Gordon, 43, announced Thursday morning (Jan. 22) that 2015 will be the last season he races as a full-time driver.
Gordon will be entering his 23rd season, racing in the number 24 car that he has his entire career since November 1992.
The four-time Sprint Cup winner is third on the all-time wins list with 92. Richard Petty tops the list with 200 wins and David Pearson has 105.
After Gordon posted a picture of him addressing his team on his decision to step away from full-time racing, he took to his Twitter again.
I'm proud of the career I've had & knew this day would come, but I'll be involved with @TeamHendrick for many years to come.
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) January 22, 2015
After talking about how long and hard he thought about his decision, Gordon said:
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. I don’t foresee a day when I’ll ever step away from racing.”
Gordon also said in his announcement:
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.”
The 24 car driver for Hendrick Motorsports has mentioned in the past that he was close to stepping away from the track because he wanted to be home with his family, wife Ingrid Vandebosch, daughter Ella Sophia and son Leo Benjamin.