21-year-old Jordan Taylor will replace older brother Ricky in the Wayne Taylor Racing line-up for the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Series.
The announcement will place the younger Taylor as co-driver to long-standing team member Max Angelelli in the team’s #10 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype. Angelelli and Ricky Taylor scored three victories in the 2012 season but only finished sixth in the championship largely due to a disappointing run of results during the summer.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that this opportunity has opened up for my younger son Jordan after Ricky enjoyed such a successful three-year run alongside Max for the past three seasons,” said Jordan’s father and new team owner Wayne Taylor. “As was the case with Ricky when the opportunity came along for him three years ago, Jordan has proven his ability as a championship-caliber driver for the past five seasons. And, as everybody knows, contending for championships is absolutely what this organization has been all about since we started doing this back in 2004.”
Jordan, who made 44 starts in the GT class of the Rolex Series, clinching two race wins with Autohaus Motorsports, joins the ‘family team’ following his brother’s move to Spirit of Daytona Racing for 2013, signed to co-drive with Richard Westbrook.
“I’m excited, for sure,” said Jordan. “I’ve followed the team, obviously, my whole career with my dad, and Max being like a brother or a second dad and mentor to me, too. It’ll be cool to drive with Max and have my dad right there. It’s a great team that has won a lot of races and a championship, and it has been in the championship hunt pretty much every year. It might take just a little time to get accustomed to the Corvette Dallara package. I got to drive the car in testing at Indy last summer, and I got to race the Action Express Corvette DP at Watkins Glen, so I have a pretty good handle on what the current DP feels like. I’m optimistic for all these reasons. It’s going to be a fresh start to a new year and I’m really glad to have this opportunity and plan to make the most of it.”
The news rounds off a strong year for Jordan Taylor, who also became part of Corvette Racing’s endurance racing line-up, joining the team for the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and again at the American Le Mans Series finale at Petit Le Mans this weekend.
“Jordan has certainly proven he is one of the hottest young American drivers in sports car racing and we are looking forward to seeing him alongside Max Angelelli as they chase the 2013 Rolex Series championship in the No. 10 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype,” said Mark Kent, Director of Racing for Chevrolet. “Jordan brings a wealth of experience to the No. 10 team and is a tremendous competitor. We are confident Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli will be a threat to win every time they hit the track. Wayne Taylor Racing is a championship-winning organization that is extremely hungry to finish back on top.”