Jeff Gordon’s triumphant day to remember in Rolex 24 at Daytona
Wayne Taylor Racing teammates (L-R) Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor celebrate their win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sunday.
For Gordon, who retired as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Premier Series at the end of the 2015 season and now is a FOX Sports NASCAR television analyst, it was a triumphant return to a race that he had competed in only once previously -- finishing third in 2007, also while driving for Wayne Taylor Racing.
Take a look at Gordon's special Rolex weekend documented in photos.
Gordon finally is able to exact some champagne-dumping revenge on teammate Jordan Taylor.
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Angelilli (far left) displays his native Italian flag along with his three American teammates and their U.S. flags in Victory Lane. With the win, Gordon becomes only the fourth driver in history who has won both the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 -- with the others being A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Jamie McMurray.
"This is very surreal to me, this whole experience and moment, to have this on my resumé,” 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."