Jeff Gordon says he’ll be calling it quits, in terms of full-time racing anyway, following the upcoming 2015 season.
Letting team know this will be my final year competing for a championship. pic.twitter.com/s7aH8OpGQZ
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) January 22, 2015
Gordon, a four-time series champion, who’s tied for third all-time in wins with 92 (behind only David Pearson’s 105 and Richard Petty’s 200), refuses to use the word retirement, but insists there will be a large scale cutback.
“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. I don’t foresee a day when I’ll ever step away from racing.”
Gordon has competed in the series for 23 years, dating all the way back to 1992. Early indications suggest Chase Elliott, the son of former NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, may take over Gordon’s position within the Hendricks Motorsport team.
Allow us to take this time to reflect upon Gordon’s younger, mustachioed days, just prior to NASCAR star turn: