Jeff Declines IROC In 2002

(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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