Jeff Gordon Plans Retirement After 2015 NASCAR Season

The modern face of NASCAR has been shaped by many an all-star racer, but pose the question to the sport's diehard following and one name continues to permeate the ranks – Jeff Gordon. The four-time NASCAR champion (Winston Cup Series in 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001) has announced that the upcoming 2015 season will be his last in a racing suit, full-time.  In an announcement to his Hendrick Motosports team, the No. 24 driver noted, “I don't foresee a day when I'll ever step away from racing.” Gordon continued, “As an equity owner in Hendrick Motorsports, I'm a partner with Rick and will remain heavily involved with the company for many years to come.” RELATED: Check out the 2014 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet SS Concept car His 22-season NASCAR career began back in 1992 when Gordon made the jump to a race seat at the Hendrick team and a few spectacular numbers followed. Gordon has achieved 761 race starts, 77 pole positions, 320 Top 5 finishes, and currently ranks third all-time in Cup Series wins with 92 (eclipsed by only David Pearson with 105 and Richard Petty with a legendary 200 wins). He has notched an impressive three Daytona 500 victories and claims a record five Brickyard 400 wins. But don't think he plans on letting up in his 23rd and final season. “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.” RELATED: Check out Jeff Gordon's 1997 championship winning Monte Carlo  “There’s simply no way to quantify Jeff’s impact,” mentioned Rick Hendrick. “There’s been no better ambassador for stock car racing and no greater representation of what a champion should be.” The chase for the 2015 championship begins on February 14 with the Sprint Unlimited, followed by the Budweiser Duels on the 19th and the Daytona 500 on February 22. WATCH: Jeff Gordon pulled the prank of a lifetime on an unsuspecting writer _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide