Since he won’t use the r-word (Retire) then I won’t either. I mean it’s only right.
Well I’m surprised but at the same time I’m not surprised. I mean I knew this day would one day come, though I didn’t expect it to come this season. That’s probably the problem when someone has a lifetime contract, people just assume that the person will be around for many more years.
Now I’m not really a Jeff Gordon fan, though that doesn’t mean I didn’t have respect for him. I mean it is hard to not have respect for a guy who is a four-time champion, although he hasn’t won under the current title sponsor. As Gordon’s fellow driver Kenny Wallace said on twitter earlier this month, it’s still the Cup series no matter who the title sponsor is Gordon is still a Nascar Sprint Cup Champion. Which of course I agree with.
Gordon, like most Athletes who decide to leave their sport, wants to go out while they are still competitive. Which is very understandable. Had he not have said how he had decided and told his team owner Rick Hendrick that he planed on this season being his last full season in the middle of the 2014 season, I would have wondered how much the change Nascar made to the Chase for the Sprint Cup had factored into his decision.
Jeff has said though that he isn’t going to be leaving the sport however, which is one reason why he said he won’t use the word retirement. Which is good because Nascar without Jeff Gordon in any capacity just wouldn’t be Nascar. Or at least to me.
So far Jeff Gordon said that he doesn’t have anything set up for racing in any other series, but he said that he hasn’t ruled it out. For now he seems content with probably working behind the scenes at Hendrick Motorsports, where he has an equity stake in his number 24 Chevrolet SS and is listed owner of Jimmie Johnson’s number 48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS.
But Gordon said he hasn’t ruled out racing in the Nascar Xfinity Series (formerly Nascar Nationwide Series), Nascar Camping World Truck Series, United Sports Car Racing, or any other forum of series.
It will be weird however to watch Gordon competing in one of Nascar’s lower series if and when he chooses to. Of course it will probably be part-time, but it would still be weird.
No word has been said as to who would replace Gordon in Hendrick Motorsports fourth car, but speculation is that it would be Hendrick Development driver and current JR Motorsports driver as well as 2013 Nascar Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott. Elliott, the son of Nascar Hall of Famer and 1988 Nascar Sprint Cup Champion Bill Elliott, is scheduled to drive in a couple of Nascar Sprint Cup races this season in a fifth R&D car for Hendrick Motorsports, which is why most people think he will replace Gordon next year.