In a nearly 40-minute press conference on Wednesday, Carl Edwards announced he is “stepping away” from full-time NASCAR competition.
A 28-time winner in the Cup Series, Edwards listed staying healthy, the sport’s time commitment and his desire to pursue other interests as reasons he’s leaving racing.
Career satisfaction – “I am personally satisfied with my career, and I know right now you’re thinking, well, you don’t have a championship. … This has been a neat journey for me and it’s always been something that I’ve been rewarded by the challenges.”
Desire for other life pursuits – “I’ve been doing that for 20 years, and I need to take that time right now and devote it to people and things that are important to me, things I’m really passionate about.”
His health – “It’s a risky sport. I’m aware of the risks. I don’t like how it feels to take the hits that we take, and I’m a sharp guy, and I want to be a sharp guy in 30 years. So those risks are something that I want to minimize.”