Jeff Gordon offers classy ‘thank you’ message to his fans – NBCSports.com

Alongside the word “classy” in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Jeff Gordon.

Sure, Gordon was more than patient in a very long, trying and emotional day to members of the media, fellow racers and the like when he announced Thursday that 2015 will be his final season of racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

But Gordon didn’t forget perhaps the most important people in his life other than his wife and children: his millions of fans.

Gordon posted a short video on his web site, JeffGordon.com, in which he sincerely thanked his fans for their support – and also wanted to tell them directly, from his heart, why he was making such a decision at this point in his life.

You can check out the video below, but here’s some choice comments that, again, showed just how classy Gordon is.

* “Hey everyone, this is a message to all the Jeff Gordon, 24 fans out there, HMS fans. This is an exciting day for me. It’s an emotional day.”

* “All I ever dreamed about as a kid was one day I could be a race car driver.”

* “We’re going to go out and be competitive in that final year, and knowing we have all the support of the fans out there. I know some of you are probably disappointed, but I’ve been thinking about this day for a long time.”

* “I just think about how proud I am to have the fans that I have, the team that I have and to have had this amazing career. I can’t wait for this final year. It’s going to be a tough one emotionally, but it’s also going to be a really fun one that I look forward to and that final race at Homestead.”

Check out Gordon’s video:

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