Jeff Gordon has bad news for his rivals: He’s thinking of racing for 10 more years

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Jeff Gordon has said several times that if he were to win a fifth Sprint Cup crown, that he likely would retire after that championship season and go out on top.

Some of his competitors may be looking forward to that day coming – and some hope it comes as soon as after this season so Gordon won’t continue to confound them in coming seasons as he has for the last 21 seasons.

But ever the kind of guy who plays his cards close to the vest, Gordon may be getting ready to throw his fellow drivers and NASCAR fans a curve ball.

The current Sprint Cup points leader recently told TV host Larry King that even if he were to win a fifth title this season, he might not call it a career after all – or anytime soon.

“It’s funny how life serves these things up,” Gordon told King. “You go through a time where you go through a frustrating year, or I had some back and health issues, and I said, ‘You know, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do this at this level or if I even want to.’

“Then all of a sudden you have this amazing year (like he’s having in 2014), and you go, ‘God, I love racing. Racing’s amazing. I can’t wait to do it for another 10 years.’ ”

Even though he hasn’t won a race yet in 2014, Gordon has been arguably the most consistent driver in the series. That’s a big reason why he’s been No. 1 in the standings for the last two weeks.

“We’re having a great year,” Gordon said. “This is a time that my crew chief, Alan Gustafson, and myself are clicking and the whole team.”

Gordon, who turns 43 on August 4, is trying to get his six-year-old daughter Ella and eventually his three-year old son Leo interested in racing. But it also appears he’s also had a revitalization within himself.

“I love racing, I love the competition, I love being competitive against the competition,” Gordon said.

Check out the video below, especially starting at the 5:36 mark, where Gordon says he’s considering sticking around for maybe another decade – much to the chagrin of his competition.

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Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.