Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gordon discusses the "R" Word

Jeff Gordon (R), , talks with team owner Rick Hendrick (L) at the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011.

Jeff Gordon, the celebrated stock car champion whose crossover appeal helped propel NASCAR into the mainstream, will compete in his twenty-third and final full-time Sprint Cup Series this season. (1993 to 2015)

“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. “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. I won’t use the ‘R-word’ because I plan to...” Gordon informed.

In seven hundred and sixty-one (761) NASCAR Sprint Cup Races, Gordon, the driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger/AARP Chevrolet, can boast of ninety-two wins and four championships (1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001). He has proven himself to be one of the best.

NASCAR Race Mom was honored to witness Jeff Gordon score his record breaking fifth Brickyard  win in Indianapolis last year. The win came twenty years after Gordon’s first win at Indy and was the 90th of Gordon's career. 

"Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. We have all enjoyed watching his legend grow for more than two decades, and will continue to do so during his final full-time season. His prolonged excellence and unmatched class continue to earn him the admiration of fans across the globe. Today’s announcement is a bittersweet one. I’ll miss his competitive fire on a weekly basis, but I am also happy for Jeff and his family as they start a new chapter. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season. -Brian France NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Photo Credit Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

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