By AMANDA VINCENT
Retired NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon’s stint as substitute driver behind the wheel of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, filling-in for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., may be over, but Gordon isn’t hanging up his racing helmet just yet. He’ll be one of the drivers of the Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Jan. 28-29.
Other co-drivers of the car will be Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli, the team’s full-time drivers.
“We are excited to have Jeff back in the line-up with us for the 2017 Rolex 24,” team owner Wayne Taylor said. “He was with us when we started this race team back in 2007, and he helped us finish on the podium. We have kept in close touch ever since and have always been looking for another opportunity to have him join our driver line-up. That opportunity is finally here after his retirement from full-time competition in NASCAR, and we are very much looking forward to working with him again.”
The 2017 race will be Gordon’s second time running the Rolex 24, his second race with Wayne Taylor Racing and his second-career sports car race, overall.
“I really enjoyed racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 with Max, Wayne and Jan (Magnussen),” Gordon said. “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. I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination.”
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