Gordon to stop racing full-time after 2015 season

Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:11pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon, who ranks third in all-time race wins, said on Thursday the 2015 season would be his last as a full-time driver.

Gordon, 43, has three Daytona 500 victories and a record five Brickyard 400 wins.

"This is something that I've certainly been thinking about for years," Gordon told a teleconference. "I always said I wanted to step away on my own terms, if possible.

"This is the right time. It really became clear about halfway through last season."

Gordon, who won the NASCAR series title in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001, said he did not "foresee a day when I’ll ever step away from racing" and retire.

"Retirement means you go off to a beach somewhere or sit in a rocking chair on the front porch drinking coffee and petting the dog," he said. "That's not me. I plan on working."

Gordon said he wanted to "leave himself open" to getting back in a car, whether it was in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide series or in one of NASCAR's truck races.

"Heck, I was just out in the desert driving buggies and it made me want to do the Baja 1000," he said.   Continued...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon, of the number 24 car, prepares to exit his car after his outside pole-securing run during qualifying for the Daytona 500, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Blanco