Wayne Taylor Racing has announced four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will drive its Cadillac DPi-V.R. in the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona alongside co-drivers Max Angelelli and Ricky and Jordan Taylor.
Gordon, who currently serves as a NASCAR analyst for FOX, retired from his full-time position behind the wheel of the No. 24 Chevrolet following the 2015 season. He expressed a desire to race elsewhere following his retirement from NASCAR and has now found what he was looking for in Cadillac’s new endurance racing program.
“When I announced I would no longer be competing full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, my hope was that I would get an opportunity like this to compete again in such a prestigious event – with Konica Minolta and Wayne Taylor Racing – with the hopes of winning it this time,” Gordon said in a prepared statement. “I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination.”
WTR previously employed Gordon to pilot its No. 10 Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype at the 2007 24 Hours of Daytona. Gordon helped the team land a third place finish overall alongside Angelelli and Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen, however they weren’t far off taking the win, Angelelli notes.
“I think it is exceptional to have Jeff back with us after 10 years,” Angelelli said. “I look forward to sharing our new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar with him, discussing our setup and race strategy. It was great the first time – we might have won that race if some things would have gone our way. Now that it’s happening again, with the new car, it’s going to be absolutely great.”
Gordon will join WTR for an IMSA sanctioned test at Daytona on December 13th and 14th before the Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test on January 6th, 7th and 8th.The 2017 24 Hours of Daytona on January will kick off on January 28th and continue through to January 29th.