CONCORD, N.C. -- After filling in as a driver in the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016, Jeff Gordon already has another race on his calendar for 2017.
This time, it will come in an IMSA race -- the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
Gordon, whose final full-time NASCAR premier series season came in 2015, participated in the same race back in 2007 -- his only career sportscar event. He co-drove to a podium finish alongside Max Angelelli, Jan Magnussen and Wayne Taylor.
“I really enjoyed racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 with Max, Wayne and Jan,” said Gordon, now a NASCAR on FOX analyst. “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."
Taylor -- team owner and three-time sportscar racing champion -- said that he was looking forward to having Gordon join the team once again for the race.
“We are excited to have Jeff back in the lineup with us for the 2017 Rolex 24,” Taylor said. “He was with us when we started this race team back in 2007 and he helped us finish on the podium. We have kept in close touch ever since and have always been looking for another opportunity to have him join our driver lineup. That opportunity is finally here after his retirement from full-time competition in NASCAR and we are very much looking forward to working with him again.”
The 55th Rolex 24 is set for Jan. 28 to 29, 2017.