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Jeff Gordon will compete in his 23rd and final full-time Sprint Cup Series season in 2015. He announced his decision this morning to the #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," 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 motor sports, 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. 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. I'll explore opportunities for the next phase of my career, but my primary focus now and throughout 2015 will be my performance in the No. 24 Chevrolet. I'm going to pour everything I have into this season and look forward to the challenge of competing for one last championship. To everyone at NASCAR, my teammates, sponsors, competitors, friends, family, members of the media and especially our incredible fans, all I can say is thank you."
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). One of the most versatile drivers of his era in any auto racing discipline, Gordon's résumé includes three Daytona 500 victories and a record five Brickyard 400 wins. He is the sport's winningest road course driver with nine victories, stands alone as the all-time leader with 12 restrictor plate wins and has won at every track on the Sprint Cup circuit with the exception of Kentucky Speedway.
"There's simply no way to quantify Jeff's impact," said Hendrick, who first noticed Gordon during a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 1992. "He's one of the biggest sports stars of a generation, and his contributions to the success and growth of NASCAR are unsurpassed. There's been no better ambassador for stock car racing and no greater representation of what a champion should be. I will never be able to properly express the respect and admiration I have for Jeff and how meaningful our relationship is to me. I'm so grateful for everything he's done for our company and my family, and I look forward to many more years together as friends and business partners." Hendrick Motorsports will announce plans for its 2016 team alignment at a later date.(Hendrick Motorsports)(1-22-2015
 

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I was just starting to like him…well, I didn't feel like punching my TV when he was on it. lol
 

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With all of the BS associated with the new bumper car playoff system, it's no wonder he is leaving. If you want to get into the final four and are close to doing it, you can smash another car into the wall to get in. Ryan Newman is an example of just that. IMHO that kind of crap is not racing. I like engine performance, chassic setup, driving skill not how reckless you can be to pass another car. That's not racing to me, anyone one can do that.

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With all of the BS associated with the new bumper car playoff system, it's no wonder he is leaving. If you want to get into the final four and are close to doing it, you can smash another car into the wall to get in. Ryan Newman is an example of just that. IMHO that kind of crap is not racing. I like engine performance, chassic setup, driving skill not how reckless you can be to pass another car. That's not racing to me, anyone one can do that.

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Nah, he probably wanted to spend more time at the salon getting his nails done or somthing... never could stand him much. Oh well, not hard to find a new guy to make fun of on sundays, i have a pretty good list but the order will now change week to week
 

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Nah, he probably wanted to spend more time at the salon getting his nails done or somthing... never could stand him much. Oh well, not hard to find a new guy to make fun of on sundays, i have a pretty good list but the order will now change week to week
I think he finally realized he could be killed and decided to hang um up. I bet the wife was most likely leaning on him to get out. Other than moving into number two all time in wins, he had nothing to prove. I'm sure he's rolling in cash and has anything a man could want.

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I think he finally realized he could be killed and decided to hang um up. I bet the wife was most likely leaning on him to get out. Other than moving into number two all time in wins, he had nothing to prove. I'm sure he's rolling in cash and has anything a man could want.

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He could have got killed back when he started. On the track, on the way there, in a plane, hillicopter, million dollar camper, in the off season going to get a starbucks and a pedicure... should i go on? Although you hear that excuse all the time, most drivers have an "OH SH#@" moment in the first big crash they are in and they know what could happen to them
 

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Legend. Sad day in NASCAR to see him take his foot off the gas. ;)
 
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