Jeff Gordon Announces 2015 Will Be His Last as Full-Time NASCAR Driver

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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 7, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Credit: Getty Images)

Jeff Gordon says he’s not officially retiring. But he also says he has no plans as of right now to compete beyond the 2015 season.

The four-time NASCAR champion announced Thursday that the upcoming season will be the last time he will compete full-time.

“I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the off-season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship,” Gordon said in a statement released by Hendrick Motorsports. “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.”

He added: ““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.”

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