Wayne Taylor: “This team never goes into points mode”


Ricky and Jordan Taylor have now taken five wins out of five in 2017 - Credit: Michael L. Levitt / LAT Images, courtesy of IMSA

Wayne Taylor was delighted to see his sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor continue their unbeaten winning run in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship around the streets of Detroit on Saturday, even though they had to do it the hard way from twelfth on the grid.

The #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R started at the back of the Prototype classes after Ricky Taylor crashed during qualifying, but he made good progress early on before handing over to brother Jordan, who ensured they were in the right place at the right time when their main rivals for the victory – the #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Dane Cameron – made their final stop.

Team boss Wayne Taylor was delighted that the strategy call to make a pit stop under the only full course caution of the race worked to perfection, and they were able to win by 4.948 seconds.

“Coming out of the gate with a brand new car for Daytona and winning the (Rolex) 24-hour and then on to Sebring and winning there, then four in a row, it’s just been a dream,” said Wayne Taylor on waynetaylorracing.com.

“I thought, ‘Well let’s just go for five.’ Then, when Ricky had the incident in qualifying, I thought, ‘Let’s go into points mode.’ But this team never goes into points mode.

“The funny thing about strategy is it changes every 20 minutes. It’s not always a strategy that we start with, it just depends on what happens during the race. This is an incredible team of people. We have been together for 10 years.

“Ricky and Jordan are doing a great job. They have an excellent relationship with the engineers and that translates to the success with the Cadillac on the track.

“Obviously, I need to thank Cadillac, GM Racing, and of course my friends Rick Taylor and Konica Minolta. And now, these guys (Ricky and Jordan) are going over to Le Mans, so I can take a break.”