RAMSEY, NJ--(Marketwired - December 01, 2016) - Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. (Konica Minolta), a partner of Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) for four consecutive years, announced today that NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who was part of the driver lineup when WTR competed in its very first race in 2007, returns to join full-time co-drivers of the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Gordon joins Ricky and Jordan Taylor and veteran Italian Max "The Ax" Angelelli for next month's 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2017 season opener.
Gordon, who has 805 career Sprint Cup starts with 93 victories and championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001, retired from full-time competition in 2015. He co-drove to a solid podium finish in his only career sportscar event -- the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona -- alongside Angelelli, Jan Magnussen and team owner and three-time sportscar racing champion Wayne Taylor in the No. 10 WTR prototype.
"We are incredibly thrilled to have Jeff join our outstanding line-up," said Rick Taylor, president and ceo, Konica Minolta. "We're looking forward to kicking off the new season with this remarkable new car by a premium brand such as Cadillac."
"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. I know that Ricky and Jordan are super-fast, and I believe it will be a very strong combination."
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team has been a fixture on the Rolex 24 podium in recent years, finishing second in 2013, 2014 and this season and crossing the finish line third in 2015 before being penalized for a drive-time violation one week later.
The newly released model will be test driven by the WTR team at the IMSA WeatherTech December Test at Daytona International Speedway on December 13 and 14. The 55th Rolex 24 is set for Jan. 28 and 29, 2017, with the annual three days of Roar Before the 24 testing set for three weeks prior.
About Konica Minolta:
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. We are reshaping the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com). Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers' speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards including one of Forbes Magazine's Best Employers. The company has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for nine consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for five years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter@konicaminolta.us
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