Jeff Gordon Will Unretire to Race with Cadillac at Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon has an unusual approach to retirement. The 45-year-old stock-car legend announced he was hanging up his helmet at the end of the 2015 Sprint Cup season—after 805 races dating back to 1992—as well as promptly returned to the cockpit fill in for the injured Dale Earnhardt, Jr., at eight races in 2016 with Hendrick Motorsports.
as well as what does the Californian have planned for the easy days of retirement once the calendar flips to 2017? Well, the three-time Daytona 500 winner just put his signature on a contract with the Wayne Taylor Racing team to compete at the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance contest in January.
He’ll be reunited with Taylor as well as Max Angelelli after a 10-year hiatus form the event; Gordon took part within the 2007 Rolex 24 with the WTR team as well as finished third in what was his debut. His 2017 bid will come driving alongside Taylor’s sons Ricky as well as Jordan, as well as Angelelli, within the No. 10 Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R for IMSA’s longest WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event of the year.
“I truly enjoyed racing within the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 with Max, Wayne, as well as Jan [Magnussen],” Gordon said. “When I announced I might no longer be competing full-time within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, my desire was that will I might get an opportunity like This kind of to compete again in such a prestigious event—with Konica Minolta as well as Wayne Taylor Racing—with the hopes of winning that will This kind of time. I know that will Ricky as well as Jordan are super-fast, as well as I believe that will will be a very strong combination.”
For Taylor, who retired after the 2014 Rolex 24 (as well as has stuck with the plan so far), reuniting with Gordon should be an enjoyable experience on a personal level. Dropping Gordon into the IMSA paddock for the season opener will also guarantee the team—as well as Cadillac—will contain the spotlight focused directly on its program coming from start to finish.
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“We are excited to have Jeff back within the lineup with us for the 2017 Rolex 24,” Taylor said. “He was with us when we commenced This kind of race team back in 2007, as well as he helped us finish on the podium. We have kept in close touch ever since as well as have always been looking for another opportunity to have him join our driver lineup. that will opportunity will be finally here after his retirement coming from full-time competition in NASCAR, as well as we are very much looking forward to working with him again.”
Gordon will take part in at least one pre-race test at Daytona prior to the start of the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28.
This kind of story originally appeared on Road & Track.