Everyone's favorite retired NASCAR star will climb back into the ****pit for next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Jeff Gordon will join Wayne Taylor Racing for the debut drive of Cadillac's new DPi-V.R, alongside brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor, along with long-time hot shoe Max "The Ax" Angelelli.

The 2017 Rolex 24 will mark Gordon's first endurance race in a decade--after finishing third in the 2007 running of the race alongside Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Jan Magnussen in the WTR Riley-Pontiac Daytona Prototype.

"I really enjoyed racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 with Max, Wayne and Jan," said Gordon. "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."

"I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination."

Gordon brings 93 NASCAR victories, 4 series championships, and 35 years of experience to WTR. He got his first taste of the Dallara-based prototype at Charlotte Motor Speedway just last month, ahead of the IMSA-hosted test days at Daytona on December 13-14.

"We are excited to have Jeff back in the lineup with us for the 2017 Rolex 24," Wayne 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."


It's unclear if Gordon will feature for the team during other Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races at Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Petit Le Mans.

"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 added.

"Jeff Gordon is a name that everyone knows worldwide. He is one of the biggest names in motorsports. He drove with my dad and Max at the Rolex back in 2007, so it'll be cool to have a 10-year reunion with him and the team.

"Sports car racing offers a unique perspective for drivers, where we have to share the same car. 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."

The 2017 Rolex 24 is set to run from January 28-29.