Taylor-made success at Petit

October 5, 2014

Taylor-made success at Petit

October 5, 2014

taylorsThey may have missed out on the championship to Action Express Racing but Wayne Taylor Racing finished the season on a high note with victory at Petit Le Mans.

The Wayne Taylor-led squad featuring his sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor plus “uncle” Max Angelelli took the win – 17 years after Wayne won the inaugural Petit Le Mans with Emmanuel Collard and Eric van de Poele.

The Corvette DP squad took the win over new 2014 champions Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais and the Ganassi entry of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Scott Dixon.

“I knew my dad won the first Petit so we’ve always heard about this race. He always talks so highly about it. He puts it up with Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring,” Jordan Taylor said.

“It’s definitely cool to do it with Max in the car. It’s nice to close the season off with a win and in a dominant fashion. It’s definitely good momentum going into the off-season. The last two races we’ve had the car to beat so we’re looking forward to next season.”

In becoming the first brothers to win Petit Le Mans, the Taylor boys led 248 of the 400 laps completed today around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course, including Jordan Taylor’s final 65 laps at the point after getting past Christian Fittipaldi with one hour and 27 minutes to go before the checkered flag.

It was the team’s third consecutive victory in a season finale, the previous two years at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition. Last year’s clinched the final Rolex Series driver championship for Jordan Taylor and Angelelli.

Tonight’s victory also put an exclamation point on the 100th race since the inception of Wayne Taylor Racing at the outset of the 2007 Rolex Series season, and it was the team’s second victory of the season to go with the Taylor brothers’ triumph on the Belle Isle street circuit in downtown Detroit in June.

“After this season it’s been really special for me coming back to the family team with Max’s grace to letting me drive with Jordan,” Ricky Taylor said.

“We were so close at Daytona this year. Max only had a few opportunities for the championship and a win. It’s was nice to end the season with a good result. Max and I were just saying he only has one left, that’s Sebring and it’s only two races away so that was a good way to end the year.“



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