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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Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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