(CHARLOTTE, N.C.)- - Jeff Gordon
has declined an invitation to race in the 2002
International Race of Champions (IROC) series. Though all four
races are held in conjunction with Winston Cup race weekends,
Gordon cited time constraints as the deciding factor not to participate.
"Unfortunately, due to the demands on my time with the number of races on
the schedule and commitments to my
sponsors, in addition to my increased involvement with the
#24 and #48 teams, I have to decline the invitation," Gordon said. "This
decision was made after lengthy discussions with my wife, my team, and
Rick Hendrick." Gordon participated in the IROC series from 1995-2000
posting one career victory which came in a rain-shortened event at
Daytona International Speedway in 1998. His decision not to participate marks the first time since 1984 that the defending
Winston Cup champion will not be in the series.
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