DAYTONA BEACH — Jeff Gordon is back, and his Rainbow Warrior, bad porn ‘stache, jort-wearing multitude of fans are rejoicing.
Of march it’s a ’90s stereotype. And of march Gordon has seen that Super Fan Guy a million times during his NASCAR career.
Which is since his new racing teammate Jordan Taylor attempted to punk him with that demeanour Thursday during Daytona International Speedway. One some-more time, with feeling, as he attempted to brew in with a infield crowd, posing as “Rodney Sandstorm.”
But Gordon, a correct veteran, was hip to a shenanigans.
“It kinda busted my day,” Taylor pronounced Friday morning, sketch a grin from all parties while compelling Gordon’s inclusion in a Wayne Taylor Racing group that will contest in a 55th using of a Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 28-29.
“These kids have forced me to have fun, generally this one,” Gordon said, shouting during Jordan.
Gordon is a good get for a Taylor team, formed in Apopka. With brothers Ricky and Jordan and maestro continuation motorist Max Angelelli in a mix, a group has finished second 3 times and third once in a final 4 Rolex races.
But no tip lectern finish.
They will make another run during it this year, holding pushing in a No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. They will contest in a WeatherTech Championship’s Prototype (P) class.
Gordon, a 25-year NASCAR Cup veteran, is fundamentally a newbie during this, still acclimating himself to all those “buttons on a steering wheel.” He might not be a X-factor who pushes them over a top, though he will many positively move rock-star interest to a group that will “take on a world, with all a European teams entrance over,” as Ricky noted.
“I am carrying a blast,” Gordon, 45, said. “It’s been a dream of cave to expostulate like this and contest on a track.”
As a means wheelman, Gordon is a prohibited commodity and a contingency ask when somebody has an open seat.
Rick Hendrick reached out it final deteriorate when Gordon’s former teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., had to lay with concussion-related symptoms. Gordon competed in 8 Cup races. Wayne Taylor also reached out as shortly as Gordon announced his retirement skeleton after a 2015 season, reminding him of a guarantee Gordon finished in 2007.
“I still have another championship in me and once I’m done, I’d like to do this again,” he pronounced after pushing for Taylor in a Rolex 24 in 2007.
“I consider he’s carrying a time of his life,” Wayne Taylor said.
Don’t design this “Jeff Gordon – motorist for hire” to turn a permanent thing. Last year’s understanding with Hendrick Motorsports was since of extenuating resources with Junior’s health.
This year’s Rolex understanding was ideal timing, giving Gordon a event to run a garland of exam laps and get acclimated to a automobile that handles most differently than a bulkier batch car.
Gordon is still gratified to NASCAR as an researcher with Fox Sports, and substantially turns down some-more promotional appearances than he accepts. His image is copiousness full. But this? Perfect.
“Getting behind circle of a automobile that turns a corners and brakes like that automobile brakes, that’s eye-opening though during a same time it’s so most fun,” Gordon said.
It’s also been still a float for Ricky, 27, and Jordan, 25, as well. Despite a hijinks, there is bend and respect.
“We grew adult examination him on TV,” Jordan said. “When he gathering for us in 2007 we were only kids and unresolved around. Now carrying been means to honour his career after pushing myself it’s a lot some-more of a large understanding and it’s been kind of implausible going by a whole process.
“How most courtesy he pays to details. You can kind of see since he’s found success. He focuses on each aspect of what goes on in a race.”
Rainbow Warriors rejoice.
But remember this: Nobody puts Jeff Gordon in a corner, not even you, Jordan Taylor.
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