If you saw last weeks “In Case You Missed It” you saw that I mentioned that Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart were my favorite NASCAR drivers. It wasn’t because I’m a huge NASCAR fan but rather I liked them because they drove cars other than they’re typical NASCARs. What I failed to mention about Gordon was his drive in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Back then he drove for Wayne Taylor Racing and though the car met with mixed results I am pleased to announce that he will be back behind the wheel of a WTR racing machine. It was announced today that Gordon will be driving the brand new Cadillac DPi-V.R. Joining WTR regulars Ricky and Jordan Taylor and their endurance ace Max Max Angelelli.
“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. “I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination.”
WTR’s drivers are understandably stoaked to have the 4 time NASCAR champ on their team.
“It used to be common to have NASCAR guys joining teams for the Rolex but, over recent years, it’s become less and less frequent,” Jordan Taylor said. “Jeff Gordon is a name that everyone knows worldwide. I can’t wait to compare notes and feedback with such a legend of our sport. It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime.”
“Having Jeff Gordon join the team is really a dream come true for all of us,” added Ricky Taylor. “It is a huge compliment to how well-respected the team has become over the years for someone with the history and career of Jeff Gordon to want to be a part of it. I’m sure he will be a great addition to the lineup and hopefully we can all get our first Rolex 24 win together.”
Gordon managed to participate in the DPi-V.R’s shakedown test sessions without anyone noticing. The introduction of the new DPi class and along with it the brand new machines was enough to get me stoaked for this season, now with the addition of Gordon behind the wheel The Rolex 24 at Daytona has become can’t miss TV. Daytona opens the 2017 IMSA IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on Jan. 28-29.