On January 22, 2015, Gordon announced that 2015 would be his last as a full-time driver, but did not rule out retirement entirely.

Jeff Gordon:  Nasscar Driver Says 2015 Season To Be His Last

Jeff Gordon: Nasscar Driver Says 2015 Season To Be His Last

“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 in a release. “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.”

ESPEN adds:

Gordon has 92 career Sprint Cup wins — third all-time behind Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). — and championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He has spent his entire 23-year career in the No. 24 car with Hendrick Motorsports.

Folowing the news Jimmie Johnson and other NASCAR drivers took to Twitter to express their appreciation of Gordon.

Gordon started his racing career in the Busch Series with Hugh Connerty Racing, followed by Bill Davis Racing, winning three races, and began racing full-time in the Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports in 1993. In 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001, he was Sprint Cup champion, and has won the Daytona 500 three times. He is third on the all-time Cup wins list, with 92 career wins, and has the most wins in NASCAR’s modern era (1972–present). Gordon’s 77 pole positions lead all active drivers, and is third all-time; Gordon won at least one pole in 22 consecutive seasons, a NASCAR record. He is also the active iron man leader for consecutive races participated in with 761 as of the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400. In 2009, Gordon became the first NASCAR driver to reach $100 million USD in career winnings