Jordan Taylor pumped for GTE PRO battle

June 11, 2014

Jordan Taylor pumped for GTE PRO battle

June 11, 2014


Jordan Taylor was as relaxed and as usual belying his tender years this afternoon just hours before the serious running gets underway here at Circuit de la Sarthe in preparation for the 82nd race of arguably the greatest race on earth.

The 23-year old from Orlando, FL is taking in his Le Mans this weekend as part of the crack Chevrolet Corvette team. After achieving a 4th place and 5th place finishing positions in his previous two appearances with the team, a look of calm yet steely determination was evident in Taylor’s eyes today.

“The first year was all a blur but now I can take everything in and really get to understand the place and put my experience together with my team mates Antonio (Garcia) and Jan (Magnussen) to really go for it this year,” he said.

Taylor believes that he and the whole Chevrolet Corvette squad are in what could become a classic battle this year for LMGTE Pro honors.

“Every car in the LMGTE Pro class is capable of winning. It should be an unforgettable race,” states Taylor.  “It is incredible and you are racing everybody. But we are in great shape and the Corvette C7.R has seen an upgrade in everything from the ergonomics in the car, seating positions, aero, mechanical, etc. The direct injection also gives us much better driveability so we are really happy with what we have over 24 Hours.”

The aero developments on the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R are one of the key areas that have brought improvements for the Corvette Racing team and Taylor is quick to explain the benefits, saying: “The pitch-sensitivity of the car is way better. Last year’s car was tricky under braking and the C7.R is a big improvement with the aero balance so you can come straight off the brake and take the speed in to the corner.”

Taylor was also quick to praise the Michelin tyres and the work done to ensure triple stinting during the race. “I missed the first part of the test day but the tyres have performed excellently and we are confident of doing the triple stints during the race, that shouldn’t be an issue. I did my fastest lap on the final lap of the test so all in all we are happy.”

On the subject of seeing his team boss Doug Fehan being awarded the Spirit of Le Mans, Taylor was quick to pay tribute to the great man.

“Doug is an icon within the team and also out of it too. Every time he speaks we listen. He is also a very good story teller through all of his experience in racing and we are sometimes up until midnight listening to them all.  He is the most professional person I have worked with and has been a major influence on my career so far.”

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