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NASCAR icon Gordon has Le Mans in mind

DAYTONA, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon, one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all-time, may be recently retired but has not given up on the idea of one day competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race.

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Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the pole during qualifying for the Daytona 500 Feb. 15, 2015. (Photo by Peter Casey - USA Today Sports)

DAYTONA, Fla. - Jeff Gordon, one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all-time, may be recently retired but has not given up on the idea of one day competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race.

Last year marked the final full-time season on the premier stock car circuit for the three-time Daytona 500 champion but the 44-year-old Gordon is still open to the idea of getting back behind the wheel of a race car.

“I’ve always said that if the right opportunity came along I would like to,” Gordon, who will be a member of Fox’s broadcast team for Sunday’s Daytona 500, told Reuters. “When it comes to competing and racing I don’t take it for granted of what it takes to be competitive.”

When the four-time NASCAR series champion announced early last year that the 2015 season would be his last as a full-time driver, he cited lingering back issues and a desire to spend more time with his family among the reasons for his decision.

But Gordon, whose 93 career Sprint Cup wins puts him third on the all-time list behind Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105), could be racing soon enough if he feels he can offer a team a chance at victory.

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“I wouldn’t do any (type) racing if I couldn’t fully prepare for and I couldn’t bring something to that team to enhance the their chances of winning,” said Gordon.

“If I feel healthy enough with my back. Physically fit enough to handle the (high gravity forces) ... make the lap times. It would definitely be the goal.”

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