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1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

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1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

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1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

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1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
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3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

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3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
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5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

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7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
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10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

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3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Gordon Enjoys Rolex 24 Preparation In 'Retirement'

Tests No. 10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac
Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Jeff Gordon in the cockpit
Jeff Gordon in the cockpit
When NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon announced his retirement, a lot of folks thought he would be done with racing when the 2015 season was over. The truth, however, has proved to be just the opposite.

Gordon resumed NASCAR driving duties in numerous fill-in roles for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet throughout the 2016 season. At the beginning of this month, it also was announced that Gordon would return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, after a 10-year hiatus.

For the 2017 Rolex 24, Gordon will join Wayne Taylor Racing in the team's brand new Daytona Prototype international (DPi), the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, where he will compete alongside Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. Gordon turned his first laps in the car at in an IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona on Tuesday afternoon.

"Oh man, that was a lot of fun," Gordon said after finishing his stint in the car. "I'm thrilled to be here, and to finally get some laps in. It didn't disappoint. To be able to drive a car that has that kind of downforce, and the kind of braking and cornering it's capable of, it's just an amazing piece of machinery."

In 2007, Gordon's lone previous Rolex 24 experience, he drove alongside Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Jan Magnussen in a Corvette Daytona Prototype. Despite a few setbacks during the race, the quartet ended up finishing on the overall podium in third. Back then, the DPs were far more similar to a Cup car than the new batch of DPi models are, so Gordon has been meticulous in his preparations.

"I've been working so hard because I want to give these guys everything," explained Gordon. "I told Wayne years ago that I wasn't going to come back to run this again unless I can put in the necessary amount of time and effort. I might be working harder this year than I think I've ever worked.

"Every lap I've made in the car has been helpful, as has the time I spent in the Dallara simulator in Indianapolis – that was big. I've definitely spent some time getting familiar with the seat, the steering wheel and how the car reacts. I anticipated feeling more comfortable here at Daytona than I did on the Charlotte road course, and that's exactly what happened."

For much of Tuesday, the team was working through a few software gremlins with the engine. However, once they hit the track, all the drivers were able to get some valuable seat time in on the high banks. Gordon feels there is definitely great room for improvement in setup, but he's looking to step aside and listen to the experts on that topic.

"That's for Ricky and Jordan and Max," he said. "I mean, I'm just trying to keep up with those guys. I felt like there were some areas where I could have been more aggressive, but we'll see."

Gordon finds great amusement in some of the reaction to the announcement that he would be returning to the Rolex, as he wasn't exactly private about his interest in partaking in the race. However, despite alluding to it on numerous occasions, much of the surprise makes him feel that not everyone took him seriously on the matter. He's looking forward to showing everyone just how serious he actually was by chasing a win in the twice-around-the-clock enduro.

"At this point in my life and career, that would be huge," Gordon said. "I think you really realize how important this race is when you're here on race day and you see the hype and the buildup and it doesn't disappoint. The challenges that you face, going for 24 hours to compete at that level against your competitors, that's what makes this race so thrilling."

Everyone will get a chance to experience that thrill on Jan. 28, when the green flag drops on the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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