His win last Sunday at Infineon Raceway suggested that four-time Nextel Cup champion Jeff Gordon would be a darn good sportscar racer.
In January, we'll all find out when Gordon teams with SunTrust Racing, co-driving with Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli and, likely, a driver to be named later for an assault on the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"It seems that everything he drives, he's very fast," No. 10 SunTrust Daytona Prototype owner-driver Taylor said of Gordon. "I think he'll make a good partner for Max and me."
Gordon said he had entertained the idea for at least three years and that conversations between him, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart gave him a little more motivation to put some sort of deal together.
"They said they had tons of fun."
"I've been wanting to run in the Rolex 24 for years," Gordon said. "I thought it'd come down the road in my later racing years but everything came together for me to do it now."
Ironically -- given the already announced, end-of-year split between Taylor and Riley -- Gordon won't be racing with a Riley Technologies-staffed track crew, one of whom played an instrumental role in tying Gordon to Taylor.
Riley vice-president Ron McMahon and John Bickford, Gordon's stepfather, go back a number of years and it was one talking with the other that eventually brought Gordon into the fold.
Though Gordon had high praise for Rolex 24 teammate-to-be Max Angelelli's driving ability, the 2005 Rolex Series' DP driving champion -- a title he shares with Taylor -- happily anticipated his chance to work with Gordon.
"I expect to learn some things from Gordon," Angelelli said.
Then, again, Angelelli might have been hopeful to learn that "something" as soon as possible, given that he would be in an International Race of Champions race only hours after their Rolex 24 announcement.
-- DC Williams, exclusive for Motorsports.com