Jeff Gordon open to future in sports car racing
While his NASCAR career may be coming to an end, Jeff Gordon isn’t about to hang up the helmet entirely, as the four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion has revealed ambitions of taking part in select sports car races in the future.
Gordon, who will step down from full-season NASCAR competition at the end of this year, told reporters during Thursday’s NASCAR Media Day in Charlotte, N.C. that he’s open to returning to the Rolex 24 at Daytona once his stock car racing career is over.
“I love seeing those Corvettes in the 24-hour race in Daytona," Gordon said. "I think that’s very cool and I’d love to be a part of that. Chevrolet has been a huge part of my Cup career."
Gordon took part in the 2007 Rolex 24 in a Wayne Taylor Racing-entered Riley-Pontiac DP, finishing on the podium alongside co-drivers Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jan Magnnussen (pictured above).
While he’s not taken part in a sports car race since, the NASCAR legend also told reporters that racing something at Spa-Francorchamps "would be amazing."
“It’s really going to be more about figuring out if it’s possible," he said. "But anything I do, I want to be competitive. I don’t want to just ride around out there.”
The 43-year-old has not made any firm plans although, as he pointed out, Gordon’s affiliation with GM would make him as a potential fit for Corvette’s factory program.