Having recently claimed the final Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series championship after a season that saw five victories for Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor Racing will head into the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Series as very much a family affair, following the news that Jordan will be joined in the cockpit for the season by older brother Ricky.
“This has obviously been a longtime dream of mine and, quite honestly, I thought it could never happen,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “Thanks to the tremendous support of Team Chevy, Velocity Worldwide and Toshiba for making this happen. I am incredibly excited to move forward with both my sons driving for our racing team full-time.
“This also never could have happened without my friend, my partner and my former championship teammate Max, who has given his all in working with the boys since they were very young, educating and molding them into the racing professionals they have become. I must say I can’t be more proud of what the three of them have achieved together these last several years, and I’m looking forward to this coming season with more anticipation than ever.”
Angelelli will remain with the team in 2014, but has stepped back to the role of third driver at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the Petit Le Mans. If a second car is feasible for the season, the Italian would become the main driver in that.
“Back in 1999, when I first met Wayne and started driving with him, Ricky was just born, and Jordan came along two years later. So, obviously I never could have dreamed of the day when I would be driving together with them, especially at such a high level,” said Angelelli. “Both are extremely talented drivers, as I have had the chance to experience first-hand being their co-driver. But both of them are very different from each other, so I am anxious to see how their unique strengths will complement each other. As you saw with our championship this year with Jordan, it takes a total team effort, and the one area where they are incredibly similar is that both are the ultimate team players. I will be stepping back from a full-time role driving the sprint races but I am looking forward to driving with them in the four biggest races of the year – four of the most historic and important races in sports car racing. I also feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have a family that has loved me and has believed in me during such a long and successful run. The chance to continue as the boys’ mentor and co-driver at the four big races is the least I can do to give back to them. It will be icing on the cake.”
Ricky Taylor returns to the team after a season with Spirit of Daytona Racing alongside Richard Westbrook; “First off, my dad and I would like to thank the Spirit of Daytona team for the opportunity to drive for their organization this past season,” he said. “Prior to that, it was a tremendous experience to spend three years driving my dad’s car with Max, and it was an absolute thrill to see Jordan and Max enjoy such a solid season in winning the championship the way they did. Now, the three of us will all be working together with the goal of winning the first United SportsCar championship. This is truly incredible for our family, for our great sponsors and partners, and our fans.”
“I think we’ve both had the chance to prove ourselves out there on our own the last several years,” said Jordan Taylor. “With Ricky having earned all those poles and winning all those races with Max, and then our championship this year with Max, the timing seems to be ideal for maximizing our recent success with Ricky and myself as full-time co-drivers. Max has been a like a brother to both of us and it will be great to keep that continuity going, as well, with him as our mentor and co-driver at the longer races.”