Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jeff Gordon Wins Fifth Brickyard, Immediately Asked About Retirement

Jeff Gordon in 2020
(artist's rendering)
It was a banner day for Jeff Gordon, as he joined Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to win five times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  And immediately upon walking into the post-race press conference, he was asked about the historical significance of him possibly retiring soon.
"Y'know, it was just a great day all around for the whole Axalta Hendrick team today, I really just want to focus on what we did here today, and not just on the future."
Gordon, who maintained his lead in the points, was asked by a reporter if the win today put him in a better spot for a fifth championship, upon which he may retire as he has stated before.
"Well, ignoring the retirement talk, this really has us in the drivers' seat going into the Chase.  I mean, it's tough competition out there--heck, it's tough competition on my own team!  But if we can keep this up when we roll into Chicago, I'll be very happy and very confident.  OK, so, next question--nothing on retirement!"
After a lengthy silence, a local reporter asked how important the last restart was, and if it reminded him of Elliott Sadler's poor restart a few years back in the Nationwide race, and if the name "Elliott" might have something to do with his future.
"Look, I'm not here to talk about retirement.  I'm here to talk about this big win today for everybody here on this team.  Isn't anybody actually going to ask me about what happened today?  No?  Fine, I'm leaving."
The assembled press corps were said to be surprised with Jeff's attitude, although as least he wasn't nearly as whiny as Kasey Kahne.