CONCORD, NC (WWBT) - Jeff Gordon says the upcoming NASCAR season will be the last he races full-time, according to a post on his Twitter account.
"Letting team know this will be my final year competing for a championship," said the Tweet from @JeffGordonWeb along with a picture of the driver talking to the Hendrick Motorsports team. "I'm proud of the career I've had & knew this day would come, but I'll be involved with @TeamHendrick for many years to come."
His team released a statement on Thursday morning praising Gordon, while saying the team alignment for 2016 will be announced at a later date.
"There's simply no way to quantify Jeff's impact," said owner Rick Hendrick. "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."
The 2015 season will be Gordon's 23rd and final full-time season, but the driver said he plans "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."
The 43-year-old was named one of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR history in 1998 and was signed by Rick Hendrick to race in the then-Winston Cup in 1992. He has won the series four times, is third on the all-time victories list and has won the Daytona 500 three times.