Wayne Taylor Racing: Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Mosport Preview - Ricky & Jordan Taylor

July 07, 2015

OWMANVILLE, Ontario – Bring back that magical championship mojo from just two short years ago. That’s the battle cry for brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, drivers of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR), as they head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

After their second-consecutive sixth-place finish despite thoroughly dominating the first five hours of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International two weekends ago, the brothers Taylor and the No. 10 Corvette DP team find themselves in fifth place in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype-class standings, 22 points behind the No. 90 Action Express Racing Corvette DP duo of Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante with four races remaining.

As dire as the situation may seem for WTR at present, it is entirely similar to where Jordan Taylor and his then-co-driver Max “The Ax” Angelelli stood during the final GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season with four races to go in 2013. After just having suffered a devastating 16th-place finish in the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis thanks to a late-race accident in late July 2013, they found themselves 19 points behind the Indy race-winning Starworks Motorsport duo of Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow with just four races left on the schedule.

Undeterred, Taylor and Angelelli embarked on a remarkable run starting with a modest seventh-place finish at Road America. But then three consecutive victories at Kansas Speedway, Laguna Seca and the Lime Rock season finale rocketed them to the driver championship by a hefty 13-point margin over runners-up Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.

Even if they once again run the table – or come very close to it – during this year’s final four events, Ricky and Jordan Taylor will also need to benefit from the misfortunes of the four teams ahead of them in the standings if they are to hoist the championship trophy at season’s end. But, particularly after their thoroughly dominating run at Watkins Glen, during which they led a race-high 55 of the opening 143 laps in a crazy array of conditions that ranged from dry to misty to hard rain to monsoon, they were clearly the class of the field thanks in large part to excellent strategy calls by the team leadership and WTR’s typically fastest stops on pit road.

More of the same at these final four events at Bowmanville, Road America, Circuit of the Americas and Road Atlanta – all very similar layouts to Watkins Glen – and there still just might be a championship run in the works. At the very least, it will be fun trying.

Practice for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix begins Friday morning. Prototype-class qualifying is set for 5:30 p.m. EDT Saturday with a live IMSA TV stream at IMSA.com beginning at 4:40 p.m. The green flag flies at 12:05 p.m. Sunday for the two-hour, 40-minute race with live television provided by FOX Sports 1 beginning at noon. Live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions is available at IMSA.com and the IMSA smartphone app.

RICKY TAYLOR, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing:

You’re back at Mosport for the second year in a row with WTR this weekend. Your thoughts about heading back after a fairly strong effort in the team’s debut there last season?

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Mosport. We should have a good car there, once again. Last year, I was under the weather a bit and we were able to scratch and claw our way to a really nice podium finish. This year, I am looking forward to giving it 100 percent. Our car was very good there last year. I think we have really improved our high-downforce package for the fast tracks and I’m looking forward to proving some of the things our guys have worked so hard to make our car do.” 

The sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen despite dominating the first five hours of the six-hour race meant a pretty significant hit in the point standings. Your approach from this point forward with four races remaining?

“Unfortunately the championship appears to be out of our reach at this moment but our mindset doesn’t really change. We will try to win all of the remaining races while being aggressive throughout the rest of the season.” 

How disappointing was it to come away with the sixth-place finish at The Glen after dominating the race?

“Obviously, we didn’t like the outcome at all, but we sounded positive as far as how the car and the team performed. Will that translate to Mosport and Road America and beyond? We certainly hope so. We didn’t win the race, but everyone sure knew what we had at Watkins Glen, and what we’ve had at so many other races this year. We just need to go out and keep doing what we’ve been doing and the results will take care of themselves. As for the end of the race at Watkins Glen, I have not stopped thinking about what happened. I have replayed it in my head hundreds of times. The fact is, I can’t take back the error from in the car. All I can do is come back stronger this weekend. We had a winning car at The Glen in the dry and in the wet, and that will prove to be key for the upcoming races as they also fit into a similar track type to Watkins Glen. We just need to execute, as the team did very well once again at The Glen. All of the stops and strategy were absolutely great.” 

JORDAN TAYLOR, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing:

You’re back at Mosport for the second year in a row with WTR this weekend. Your thoughts about heading back after a fairly strong effort in the team’s debut there last season?

“Last year was my second time competing at Mosport. It’s a really fast, flowing track and is really quick in a Prototype. You really have to get into a good rhythm to get the lap time, so traffic can really disrupt your flow. We had a strong car there last year, so I’m excited to work on it from where we left off. We had a strong car there last year. I think we had the quickest Corvette in the field. We had an issue with our final set of tires that caused us to lose some pace and that’s when the 90 (Action Express Corvette DP) got by us. Throughout the whole middle of the race, we had the car to beat apart from the 42 (race-winning OAK Racing LMP2). It’s a track that you can sort of relate to Watkins Glen – high-speed and flowing – and we had a strong car last week, so it should carry over.” 

The sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen despite dominating the first five hours of the six-hour race meant a pretty significant hit in the point standings. Your approach from this point forward with four races remaining?

“At this point, we are going into the same mode we did at the end of 2013 – just going for race wins. We are too far back to be conservative and racing for points, so we need to take these chances to win the rest of the races. It worked in 2013, so I hope it plays out the same way once again.” 

How disappointing was it to come away with the sixth-place finish at The Glen after dominating the race?

“It was obviously a disappointing finish to the race, but we have a lot of positives to take out of the weekend. The car was strong in all the conditions – dry, damp, and wet. We had the strategy, and our guys beat everyone in the pits every stop. I’m looking to the rest of the year with all of this in mind and I think we have all the tools to win races.” 

WAYNE TAYLOR, owner, No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing:

It was a bit of a tough result to swallow at The Glen considering you seemed to have everybody covered. What is your mindset as you now head to Mosport with a 22-point deficit to make up in the championship with just four races remaining?

“Yes, it was very difficult to swallow. Everything was going so well and every single person on the team was hitting on all cylinders. But it just goes to show how unforgiving this sport is. The tiniest mistake can take it all away. But I’m proud of how everyone on the team has continued to hold their heads high. The championship looks rather impossible at this point, but you never know. We were in a very similar situation in 2013 and won the championship going away. But a lot has to happen that’s out of our control, like it did in 2013. If it’s meant to be, it will happen. Meanwhile, there’s no pressure on us, so we can go out and just have fun and really chase after race wins. And for the teams battling for the points lead, they have all the pressure on them and it’s a matter of how they handle it and how these final four races play out. We’re looking forward to heading back to Mosport. We’ll have a lot going on with our sponsor Konica Minolta and that always makes us feel good.”

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