Fresh from powering Cadillac to a fourth straight Rolex 24 Hours victory yesterday, and the third win in four years for his team, Wayne Taylor hinted at his desire to take Wayne Taylor Racing to Le Mans in the future.
With the dust settling on the IMSA-ACO top-class convergence announcement, he feels its a realistic possibility to take his team to La Sarthe in June in the future.
“This (the Rolex 24) is, as everybody knows, a difficult event to win, (but) this was more difficult than any other year,” said Taylor after the race. “We had a low car count which meant there wasn’t going to be many yellows, and we worked so hard.
“What this achievement should mean is that Cadillac pays us a lot of money and says, ‘You guys are the factory team.’
“The good thing is I’m 63 years old and can get away with saying what I want! But the truth is that with all the discussions about IMSA and the ACO, I can’t think of anything more exciting for this team, me and Max (Angelelli), to try and win the Le Mans 24 Hours with Cadillac.
“Somehow we need to get Cadillac and GM focused on this. We’ll work it out. It would be good to take this group to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We were excited about the Le Mans (ACO) and IMSA announcement. Le Mans is always the ultimate. I’m hoping this gives us a little more leverage to talk to partners and manufacturers as well. If we can continue to show we can consistently win these long-distance races, then that’s what the manufacturers want.
“Plus, I have corporate partners who are global brands wanting to do races in other markets.”
Cadillac has had representation in the prototype ranks at the Le Mans 24 Hours as recently as the turn of the century, its Cadillac Northstar LMP programme which lasted from 2000-2002.