Taylor Brothers, Angelelli, Gordon Finally Score Breakthrough Win After Trouble-Free Performances the Previous Four Years Come Up Short
This was Jeff Gordon’s second attempt at the Rolex 24. His first was in 2007 when he finished third. Gordon, along with three other drivers for Wayne Taylor Racing — Max Angelelli, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor — took turns behind the wheel of the new Cadillac DPi-V.R. The race started at 2:30pm on Saturday, Jan. 28 and finish 24 hours later.
“This is very surreal to me, this whole experience and moment, to have this on my résumé,” Gordon said. “It’s a very elite group that’s won the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 together. That’s something I’m very, very proud of. But I think more than anything is this experience for me of – not to take anything away from 2007 with Max and Jan and Wayne –what amazing race car drivers both Ricky and Jordan are and how difficult this race is.”
Gordon had nothing but praise for his co-drivers.
“I was able to learn just how talented they are,” Gordon said. “I mean, I was so impressed while watching all night. I was glued to the TV every second, every lap. I couldn’t sleep because I wanted to watch these guys do what they did in the rain, in the cold, in the most treacherous conditions, and they did it at a level, that I’ll be honest, I’m not capable of doing, and I was so impressed. Then you go to the last stint of a 24 hour race and you see it come down to that, and it was a thrill of a lifetime, and I’m just so honored to be sitting here and be a part of this experience.”
With the victory, Gordon joins the ranks of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Jamie McMurray as the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Rolex 24.
Sweet story! Ella lost her tooth ( as you can see!) the morning of the race, Papa had it in his pocket when he was doing his stints 😊 pic.twitter.com/qFbo1vy8N4— Ingrid Vandebosch (@ivandebosch) January 30, 2017
How about that!? A beauftul replacement for our temporary tattoos. #Rolex24 pic.twitter.com/JslA7EvEc4— Jordan Taylor (@jordan10taylor) January 29, 2017
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