Another detour from his racing retirement sent NASCAR veteran Jeff Gordon to the track on Tuesday.
Gordon is among the drivers at Daytona International Speedway this week participating in a two-day test session in advance of the Jan. 28-29 Rolex 24.
Gordon will co-drive the No. 10 Cadillac with Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli in what will be his second appearance in the Rolex 24. He finished third in 2007, co-driving a Pontiac Riley with Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Jan Magnussen.
“I had so much fun the first time I did this,” Gordon said. “And at this point of my life and career, winning (the Rolex 24) would be huge. When I came here in 2007, I was just kind of along for the ride.
“You really realize how important this race is on race day when you see the hype and buildup and then the challenges you face over 24 hours. That’s what makes this race so thrilling.”
The No. 10 Cadillac had some telemetry issues initially on Tuesday, delaying its on-track debut. In the afternoon, it was able to make some short runs on the 3.56-mile road course. Gordon’s stint in the car resulted in one of the fastest laps of the day.
“I anticipated being comfortable here because I’ve run here before,” Gordon said.
This week’s test is the second of three pre-season sessions for the Rolex 24. The first test was Nov. 15-16. The final test will be the annual “Roar Before the Rolex 24” on Jan. 6-8.
The DPi (Daytona Prototype international) entries are new to the WeatherTech Championship this year.
Action Express Racing's pair of Cadillac DPi-V.Rs topped the speed chart on the first day of testing.