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Featured Cadillac Reveal new DPi-V.R - Jeff Gordon to Race Rolex 24

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Paul Jeffrey, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
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    Cadillac Europe have announced they are to return to the famous Daytona 24 Hour event in 2017, sporting a brand-new prototype race car for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

    If a brand spanking new Cadillac Prototype wasn't news enough on its own, Cadillac have also confirmed they have secured the services of legendary four time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon to lead the American manufacturer charge at the showpiece Rolex 24 hours of Daytona event in January.

    Gordon, winner of 93 NASCAR events and recently retired from racing has been signed up to compete at the legendary 24 hour event following his emotional exit from Stockcar racing, partnering Jordan and Ricky Taylor alongside veteran Italian Max Angelelli in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

    "I really enjoyed racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2007 with Max, Wayne and Jan,” said Gordon, now an analyst during NASCAR on FOX broadcasts. “When I announced I would no longer be competing full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, my hope was that I would get an opportunity like this to compete again in such a prestigious event – with Konica Minolta and Wayne Taylor Racing – with the hopes of winning it this time. I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination.”
    For his part, Taylor was understandably delighted to secure the services of the multiple champion and veteran of the NASCAR racing scene:

    “We are excited to have Jeff back in the lineup with us for the 2017 Rolex 24,” Taylor said. “He was with us when we started this race team back in 2007 and he helped us finish on the podium. We have kept in close touch ever since and have always been looking for another opportunity to have him join our driver lineup. That opportunity is finally here after his retirement from full-time competition in NASCAR and we are very much looking forward to working with him again.”

    “It’s really exciting to have Jeff Gordon coming on board with us for Daytona next year,” said Jordan Taylor, who co-drove the No. 10 prototype to the 2013 Rolex Series driver championship with Angelelli in 2013. “It used to be common to have NASCAR guys joining teams for the Rolex but, over recent years, it’s become less and less frequent. Jeff Gordon is a name that everyone knows worldwide. He is one of the biggest names in motorsports. He drove with my dad and Max at the Rolex back in 2007, so it’ll be cool to have a 10-year reunion with him and the team. Sportscar racing offers a unique perspective for drivers, where we have to share the same car. I can’t wait to compare notes and feedback with such a legend of our sport. It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime.”

    Angelelli, one of the winningest drivers in sportscar racing history with 27 career victories and 72 podiums, was particularly ecstatic to co-drive once again with Gordon.

    “I think it is exceptional to have Jeff back with us after 10 years, In a way, I’m such a fan of his, but I look forward to sharing our new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R racecar with him, discussing our setup and race strategy. It was great the first time – we might have won that race if some things would have gone our way. Now that it’s happening again, with the new car, it’s going to be absolutely great.”

    The deal to contest the 55th running of the Rolex 24 will see Gordon return to the event for the first time since making his debut with Wayne and Jordan Taylor alongside Kevin Magnussen's father Jan back in 2007, where the car finished on the podium in third position.

    Making the signing of Gordon possible is the return of a works Cadillac effort, a first for the manufacturer since the 2002 racing season. The all new DPi-V.R will be a 6.2-litre V8 prototype race car capable of producing 600 horsepower at 7,600 RPM (artificially reduced in order to meet with strict championship regulations). Tipping the scales at just under 930kg minus driver, the RWD high downforce prototype is sure to be head turner when the championship kicks of on the 28th January.

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    Are you happy to see the return of a works Cadillac effort at Daytona? Do you think Gordon can do the business now he's finished full time in NASCAR? Let us know in the comments section below!
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  2. Wow interesting, a Daytona Prototype that looks like a proper Prototype rather than a Corvette with a body kit.
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  3. Lorenzo Bonder

    Lorenzo Bonder
    RD's Two Wheeled Driving Specialist Staff

    Holy **** is that the new LMPs that are going to take the IMSA in 2017?

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  4. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
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    Anyone remember what happened when Jeff took the wheel in 2007? ;)
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  5. Strange seeing Cadillac enter back into Prototype racing, but I'm hoping this might mean more American Automobile companies will return to racing as there aren't many out there doing so nowadays.
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  6. GM is there with Cadillac on GT3 and now DPi, and Corvette on both GTE/GTLM and GT3. Ford is back on GTE/GTLM with the new GT. Fiat killed the last Dodge effort at the end of the current season, RIP Viper...
  7. Boby Kim

    Boby Kim
    There is no spoon...

    I will miss the old bodykits:(
  8. "Cadillac Europe have announced they are to (...)"

    I had no idea they even operate in Europe :O_o:
    And the car looks stunning.
  9. It's a luxury car (kind of) company, Europe is where the money is :D:D
    But they have nothing to do with the project, they are just passing the word ahead...
  10. "Europe is where the money is"
    Damn, can't find any around me ;) Probably guys from Cadillac have snitched it already...
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  11. gotta get closer to football stadiums....they smell of money,(mostly piss, but money too :D:D)
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  12. hm interesting.
  13. Mazda has shown their car for the DPi class, it's the RT24-P. It's powered by the 4 cylinder, 2.0L Turbo MZ2.0T engine.
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  14. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
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    Soul Red is a damn sexy color. But y'know, there is that livery on a certain other Mazda thats green and orange with a white broken line. I bet that would look neat on this one...
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  15. ThatRacingGuy

    I drove 88 MPH last night... weird stuff happened Premium

    Lemme guess he forgot that he needed to turn right? LOL
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  16. I gotta say... those new cars look nasty... I love it... Mazda could have used some of the late Furai design on theirs, though...
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  17. ThatRacingGuy

    I drove 88 MPH last night... weird stuff happened Premium

    I'm not the biggest Cadillac fan and you don't really see them in Europe but this DPI (LMP2) is one bad motherf@&ker
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  18. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
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    Nope, it was actually a left. :p
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  19. One would guess he knows how to make those.... auhauhauhhuahu
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    Only the 5th-most famous race driver from Kerpen Premium

    Hmm, just five answers to this news. Why is that?