Admit it, Jeff Gordon’s announcement makes you feel a bit older, right? (Updated with more replies)

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For many of us, Jeff Gordon was the picture of perpetual youth. Even though he’s now 43 and has his share of gray hair, many of his diehard fans still envisioned him in his youthful glory days, maybe in his mid- to late-20s.

But time gets old, and so did Jeff Gordon — no matter how much we didn’t want to admit this day would come.

When he announced Thursday that 2015 would be his final full-time season of racing in NASCAR, admit it, didn’t you feel a bit older when you heard the news about Gordon?

Many of us watched and literally grew up with the driver of the No. 24. Soon, the checkered flag will fall at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And with it will also fall the checkered flag on Gordon’s illustrious career.

We thought it would be fun to see if NASCAR Nation suddenly feels a lot older now, and you didn’t disappoint. Here’s some of the best tweets that we received or found in the Twitter-verse

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NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.