It’s going to be quite different seeing Jeff Gordon racing behind the wheel of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.
The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will be one of the drivers of the all-new number-10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, joining Ricky and Jordan Taylor as well as veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli for next month’s 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Gordon’s only career sportscar event was the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he co-drove to a podium finish alongside Angelelli, Jan Magnussen and team owner and three-time sportscar racing champion Wayne Taylor.
The number-10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team has been a fixture on the Rolex 24 podium in recent years, finishing second in 2013, 2014 and this season, as well as crossing the finish line third in 2015 before being penalized for a drive-time violation one week later.
Powered by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2-liter V8 engine, the DPi-V.R produces approximately 600 horsepower with the engine transferring power to the rear wheels through an X-TRAC paddle-shift transmission.
“I really enjoyed racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 with Max, Wayne and Jan,” said Gordon, now an analyst during NASCAR on FOX broadcasts. “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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