Jeff Gordon announces 2015 will be his final full-time NASCAR series

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jan 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-22 11:57:40-05

Concord, N.C. – NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon will compete in his final full-time Sprint Cup Series in 2015, Hendrick Racing announced Thursday.

The season will be Gordon’s 23rd as the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports car.

Gordon, 43, has earned four career Cup championships, 92 points-paying race wins and 77 pole positions, all for longtime car owner Rick Hendrick. He is third in all-time victories behind only NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105).

“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 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.”

Hendrick Motorsports will announce plans for its 2016 team alignment at a later date.