Crain News Service report
DETROIT (Jan. 23, 2015) — Jeff Gordon, the celebrated stock car champion whose crossover appeal helped take NASCAR into the mainstream, will compete in his 23rd and final full-time Sprint Cup Series season in 2015.
He announced his decision Jan. 22 to the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team he has driven for since November 1992.
“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,” Mr. Gordon said. “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.
“I don't foresee a day when I'll ever step away from racing. I'm a fan of all forms of motorsports, 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.”
Mr. Gordon said 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 pediatric cancer research, and my efforts will remain focused there when I'm no longer driving.”