Fuel & Tires: Jeff Gordon adds another trophy to his collection


John Raoux

He may be retired from NASCAR competition, but that isn't stopping Jeff Gordon from collecting more trophies. Gordon was part of the winning team in last weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, driving for Wayne Taylor Racing and sharing driving duties with Max Angelelli and Jordan and Ricky Taylor.

Ricky was behind the wheel over the final laps and passed Filipe Albuquerque with six minutes to go to take the somewhat controversial win. Albuquerque turned in on Ricky, who was on the inside going into turn one, and ultimately spun out. There was no penalty assessed for the contact, though Albuquerque obviously didn't agree with the ruling.

For Gordon's part, he kept the No. 10 Cadillac close to the front during his stints in the car and the team never ran lower than third following the opening laps. Gordon, who finished third in his only other Rolex 24 appearance in 2007, now joins A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Jamie McMurray as the only drivers to win the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500.

It's really not surprising that Gordon would be part of the winning team in such a race, as the guy can win in pretty much whatever he drives. I am reminded of an event in 2003 where Gordon drove Juan Pablo Montoya's Wiliams-BMW Formula 1 machine on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Montoya, in turn, tested out Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet Monte Carlo stock car. It stoked many rumors of Gordon trying out F1, but sadly that never came to be.

Anyways, back to the Rolex 24 where Gordon's teammate Angelelli, who retired following the win, won the race for the second time. The Taylor brothers, whose father Wayne is the team's namesake owner, both took their first overall win in the race. Jordan had previously won the GTE-Pro class in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing won the GT Le Mans class with drivers Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and four-time IndyCar champion Sebastien Bourdais. It was Bourdais' second win in the race after taking the overall win in the Prototype class in 2014. Bourdais was also part of Ganassi's GTE Pro winning team in last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

We now look ahead a few weeks to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series holds the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. Eligible drivers for the 75-lap non-points race include last year's series champion Jimmie Johnson, all 2016 pole winners, former Clash champions, former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and Chase drivers from 2016. The race will be split into two segments with a mandatory caution period at lap 25.

Coverage starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, on Fox Sports 1. Stay tuned for a full preview in the coming weeks.

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