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Jeff Gordon to Race at Daytona in 2017

Jeff Gordon will compete at Daytona International Speedway in 2017.

The four-time NASCAR premier series champion will not be in a stock car, though. He’ll be in a sports car as a co-driver with Jordan and Ricky Taylor and endurance racer Max Angelelli in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for Wayne Taylor Racing.

The car will compete in the Prototype class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season-opening event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“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.”

Gordon ran the 24-hour race on Daytona’s road course configuration in 2007 with Angelelli, Jan Magnussen, and Wayne Taylor as the drivers for SunTrust Racing, where they finished third overall.

“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.”

Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who finished third in this year’s WeatherTech Championship Prototype standings, also look forward to racing with the 45-year-old NASCAR legend.

“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.”

Ricky Taylor added, “Having Jeff Gordon join the team is really a dream come true for all of us. 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 and the team will test the car during the IMSA’s test sessions at Daytona on Dec. 13-14 and Jan. 6-8, 2017.

The 55th running of the Rolex 24 will take place on the weekend of Jan. 26-29, 2017.

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By John Haverlin

John Haverlin is currently studying Communication at Arizona State University. He has been a reporter at Phoenix International Raceway for three years and has written news stories for the track's official site. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Haverlin has lived in Arizona the past three years.