In the story, the 50-year-old explained that he was stepping away from active competition altogether and would not dabble in a part-time role like he has for much of the past few years. He had wanted to retire sooner, but team owner Wayne Taylor persuaded him to make one more start.
“I wanted to do it earlier,”Angelelli told Sportscar365. “Wayne convinced me to do Daytona for the very last time because he knows me very well and he knows how much I’m attached to Daytona as a race, as a track — as everything.
“This is where everything started, and this is where everything will end for me as a driver. I made my name here, starting in Daytona, and now I’m going to greet the people and say goodbye in Daytona. I think it’s good. I thank Wayne for pushing me to do Daytona one more time.”
Angelelli has earned two Grand-Am championships and amassed 27 overall victories in IMSA competition, including the 2005 Rolex 24.
Angelelli announced his retirement from professional racing, highlighted by two Grand-Am championships and 27 overall victories in IMSA competition, including the 2005 Rolex 24. He will remain a co-owner at Wayne Taylor Racing and plans to remain active on the management side.
“It became a little bit impossible for me to do both and performing at the level [the team] wants as a driver,” Angelelli said. “There’s always an end to everything in life.”