But it's Gordon helping Wayne Taylor Racing finally capture the prized watch in Prototype class and the overall title that people will remember from this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

His father, Penske Racing president Tim Cindric, expressed his feelings via Twitter from the sold-out infield.

Ricky Taylor took the lead in the early going of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and then turned the No. 10 Cadillac over to four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.

"Never thought I'd be watching him race the Daytona 24 at 18, especially the first 3 hrs of his first one".

Not only was it Gordon's first Rolex 24 victory, but it was also sweet redemption for the Taylor brothers, who had finished as runners-up a year ago when driving alongside Angelelli and Rubens Barrichello. Angelelli, whom the Taylor brothers call an "uncle", announced his impending retirement before the race, and if he was to get a watch with this team, this would be his only chance to do it. "That wasn't how it ended up working out". "It's just good to get comfortable and get some good laps in and work traffic and the rest of the way it was really smooth and clean". He just opened his hands a little bit, I released the brake and fully committed. Notably, all three finishers are cars that are said to take advantage of the GTLM regulations in ways competitors aren't, cars that come under heavy scrutiny from the other three manufacturers competing in the class and its European equivalent, GTE-Pro. He made a bravura overtaking attempt at the end of the front straight, diving inside Albuquerque at the entrance to Turn One.

Ricky, younger brother Jordan and veteran Max Angelelli have enjoyed podium finishes in each of the last four years.

In the last few years the Italian driver had gravitated to a supporting role, being the third man for endurance races, and eventually joined Cadillac's Sportscar program in a managerial role, helping develop the Cadillac DPi V.R the team drove to victory in this year's Rolex.

Dane Cameron ran the first stint for Action Express and was the first Cadillac driver out of the vehicle.

An equally exciting battle in GT Le Mans saw a #66 Ford GT that led comfortably for the vast majority of the first 18 hours of the race able to hold off a train as large as six auto in a final hour where finishing driver Dirk Mueller was never safe from pressure.

In addition to Cadillac, Mazda, Nissan, Riley, Ligier and ORECA are fielding cars in the P class.

The 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is underway, with pole-sitter Joao Barbosa leading the 55-car field to the green flag.