DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Gordon‘s return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the first time in 10 years came up aces with the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, in a car he shared with Jordan and Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli.
Gordon played a key role in the start of the race before ceding the car to the three sports car veterans, as Angelelli put the car in position to win before first Jordan, then Ricky Taylor brought the car home to the finish.
Despite the dominance displayed throughout the race, Ricky Taylor needed to complete a pass for the win on Lap 655 of the race past a fellow Cadillac driven by Filipe Albuquerque for Mustang Sampling Racing.
The Portuguese driver dove to the inside of Turn 1 while Taylor went for a tight gap, and the two cars collided. Albuquerque spun out but resumed after a slight delay.
IMSA officials reviewed the incident but took no further action.
Wayne Taylor Racing also won this race in 2005.
Chip Ganassi’s team won in the GT Le Mans class with a Ford GT driven by Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais. An Alegra Motorsports Porsche won in GT Daytona and the Performance Tech car won in Prototype Challenge.
Gordon joins Jamie McMurray, AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the only drivers to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500.