The Taylor family affair

January 25, 2014

The Taylor family affair

January 25, 2014

taylor_boys_1996With 16 hours to go Wayne Taylor Racing is not “counting their chickens before they hatch” – but the thought of pulling off an amazing result of family success must be at the back of their minds.

Jordan Taylor held the race lead at the 16 hour to go mark. He is joined in the Corvette DP at the Rolex 24 at Daytona by his brother Ricky, WTR regular Max Angelelli and Jordan and Ricky’s father Wayne who is stepping back into the driver’s seat this weekend after four years.

wayne_taylorThe 58-year-old already has two Rolex 24 at Daytona victories to his name but a win with his two sons would undoubtedly count as his greatest win ever – even though he has already completed his one and only planned single stint behind the wheel.

“I’m totally grateful this has happened. When I was driving professionally all those years, I couldn’t imagine life without driving a race car,” Taylor (pictured above in 1996 with his two sons in victory lane) said.

“But when I stopped, it was like a light switch. I had absolutely no interest, no passion, no desire to ever get back in a race car. I really didn’t. I think it is the greatest thing because you can keep trying to hang on and hang on and keep trying to do it.

“I had no interest to do it. But obviously having the opportunity to do the 24 Hours and having both of them and Max with me, I had no other option than to do it. I enjoyed the build up to it. When I woke up this morning, it was hell. I remember thinking that all I had to do was make a mistake and the whole program would be over. But I’m very grateful that they allowed me to do this.”

Taylor Senior climbed into the car after the red flag for the incident suffered one of his former drivers, Memo Gidley.

“Memo’s accident put a damper on things for me,” Taylor told the Daytona press room.

“When someone has an accident like that, it puts things in perspective. But my stint was OK. I hadn’t driven these cars for four years and it was pretty tough.

“My job was to keep the cars on the lead lap. I enjoyed myself and I must say that having the opportunity to run with my sons Jordan and Ricky, and Max – who is like my brother – has been an amazing experience. I heard Ricky was in here earlier saying I was short and my eyes are getting old! I’m not sure I’m going to let him back in the car!”

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