Wayne Taylor Racing Launches 10th Season Racing Corvettes

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Wayne Taylor Racing Celebrates 10th Season

JANUARY 29: Drivers Jordan Taylor, R, Rivky Taylor, C, and Max Angelelli stand together in the garage area during practice for the Rolex 24 IMSA WeatherTech Series race at Daytona International Speedway on January 29, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images). Brian Cleary/Getty Images

Now in his 10th season as owner of Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR), three-time champion Wayne Taylor has set his sights set on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener: the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Alongside teammate Max “The Ax” Angelelli, Taylor's sons -- Ricky and Jordon Taylor -- are ready to hit the 2016 schedule. In 2005, Wayne and Angelelli took the win in the 24 Hours of Daytona, and in 2013 Jordon Taylor joined Max behind the wheel to take the Rolex Driver’s Championship.

 

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Wayne Taylor Racing's Team and Car

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 10: The No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing driven by Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, and Max Angelelli drives during the 'ROAR Before the 24' at Daytona International Speedway on January 10, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images). Jerry Markland/Getty Images

The Team

For 2016, Wayne Taylor Racing is entering their Konica-Minolta Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype in 11 of IMSA’s 13 races. Taylor Racing operates as an independently run Prototype team in Grand-Am. Jordon and Ricky also plan to join the Corvette Racing team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France -- they will become the  third drivers in the team’s two Corvette 7.Rs in the GT class.

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The Car

WTR’s No. 10 Konica-Minolta Corvette Dallara DP is powered by an Earnhardt Childress Racing 5.5-liter Chevrolet small block V8, which has an output rated at 600 horsepower. The 2,285-pound Daytona Prototype is constructed on a steel and aluminum hybrid chassis with an X-trac 386 6-speed gearbox, twin wishbone and pushrod suspension. The car's BBS 1-piece aluminum wheels are wrapped in Continental racing tires and finished with Brembo brake calipers and carbon rotors.

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Drivers for Wayne Taylor Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 10: Ricky Taylor (L) and Jordan Taylor (R) walk with their father Wayne Taylor during the Roar Before the 24 IMSA WeatherTech Series testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 10, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Brian Cleary/Getty Images

 

Max Angelelli will join WTR for the four endurance events that make up the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup this year (Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen and the Petit LeMans). Angelelli has a fabled history with Wayne Taylor Racing, helping to win the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Driver’s Championship.

Ricky Taylor, 26 years old, returns for his third consecutive and sixth overall season with the team. Co-driving to victories in 2014 and 2015, Ricky and his brother Jordon finished with second and fifth place championships. Ricky will join his brother in the two-car factory Corvette Racing C7.R team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Jordon Taylor is the younger of the Taylor brothers. He joined teammate Max Angelelli in 2013 to win the team's first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Driver’s Championship and took victories along with his brother last season at the Long Beach Gran Prix and at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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2016 Taylor Racing Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 25: The #10 No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing driven by Jordan Tylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli races during the Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on January 25, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jerry Markland / Stringer/Getty Images

2016 Taylor Racing Schedule

January 9-10: ROAR before the 24

Track: Daytona International Speedway

Daytona, Fla.

 

January 30-31: Rolex 24 at Daytona

Track: Daytona International Speedway

Daytona, Fla.

 

March 19: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Track: Sebring International Raceway

Sebring, Fla.

 

April 16: Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach

Track: Long Beach Street Circuit

Long Beach, Calif.

 

May 1: Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, Calif.

 

June 4: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Track: Detroit Belle Isle

Detroit, Mich.

 

July 3: Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen

Track: Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, N.Y.

 

July 10:  Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance

Track: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

 

August 7: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

Track: Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wis.

 

September 17: Lone Star Le Mans

Track: Circuit of the Americas

Austin, Texas

 

October 1: Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda

Track: Road Atlanta

Braselton, Ga. 

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Wayne Taylor Racing Results from 2015 Race Season

Wayne Taylor Racing
ordan Taylor, left, and Ricky Taylor celebrate with car owners Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor, right, in victory lane after winning the IMSA Tudor Mobil 1 Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Mosport Park on July 12, 2015 in Bowmanville, Canada. Brian Cleary/Getty Images

Wayne Taylor Racing Results from 2015 Race Season

January 9, 2015: ROAR before the 24

Jordan Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing (Corvette DP) set the overall fastest lap of during this three-day event: 1:39.181 at 129.218 mph

January 24-25, 2015: Rolex 24 at Daytona

Started: 7th place

Finished: 3rd place

March 21, 2015: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Started: 7th place

Finished: 2nd place

April 18, 2015: Long Beach Grand Prix

Started: 1st place

Finished: 1st place

May 3, 2015: Monterey Grand Prix

Started: 1st place

Finished: 2nd place

May 30, 2015: Detroit Grand Prix

Started: 2nd place

Finished: 6th place

June 13, 2015: 24 Heures du Mans/ 24 Hours of Le Mans

Finished: 1st place for GTE Pro class

(The 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans was run by Corvette Racing and the team's C7.R race car. The driver team was made up of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor.)

June 28, 2015: Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen

Started: 4th place

Finished: 6th place

July 12, 2015:  Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

Started: 1st place

Finished: 1st place

“I’m just so proud of this team,” said team owner Wayne Taylor after his race team took home first place at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. “I mean, Ricky won the pole and he led most of his stint. Then we had a massive problem with the power steering locking. Other cars had it but our car seemed to have it worse. We didn’t really know why until we realized we were running the front too soft to get a turn-in and we were overheating the power steering. After we put Jordan in the car, we told him he would have to run with a stiffer bar and that seemed to solve the problem. And then it turned into a fuel race, a strategy race, and (engineers) Adam Banet and Brian Pillar, John Scanlon and Paul Low did just an incredible job of calculating and anticipating what we needed to do and it worked out just perfectly. Of course, the drivers and the crew did their usual stellar job. And again, with Konica Minolta and DLL coming here this weekend and bringing 51 people who spent the whole weekend with us, driving around the track, racing go-karts with us, you just can’t beat this kind of a result.” 

August 9, 2015: Road America

Started: 4th place

Finished: 8th place

September 19, 2015: Lone Star Le Mans

Started: 4th place

Finished: 2nd place

October 3, 2015: Petit Le Mans

Started: 4th place

Finished: 4th place