Taylor To Test With Sons
October 23, 2008 | 12:31 P.M. EST
For the first time, the two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner is entered in a Daytona Prototype with his sons, Ricky and Jordan Taylor. The three will share time in the No. 19 Beyer Racing Ford Crawford with Jared Beyer.
The three-day session will utilize the Pirelli tires used in 2008 Rolex Series competition. The Monday and Tuesday sessions run from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., with the Wednesday testing from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The sessions will be open to the public, with fans able to view testing from the Sprint FANZONE with a $10 Daytona 500 Experience tour-only ticket. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be admitted free.
The three Taylors competed in the 2008 Rolex 24. Ricky and his father finished fifth overall, joined by Max Angelelli and Michael Valiante in the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. Jordan took 15th in GT, sharing the No. 17 Terra Firma Motorsports Porsche GT3 with Gary and Mark Jensen and Ron Zitza.
Both of the younger Taylors have experience in the Beyer Racing Crawford. Ricky and Beyer finished 11th at Virginia International Raceway, while Jordan and Beyer were 15th in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona. Jordan will also see time behind the wheel of the No. 30 Racer’s Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8, co-driving with Dion von Moltke, Dane Cameron and Doug Peterson.
“This is just a test, and I’m going to have some fun, I guess,” Wayne Taylor said.
While it’s only a test, it may set the stage to help the elder Taylor achieve one of his final goals behind the wheel of a race car.
“That is the one thing I would love to do more than anything,” said Taylor, who drove to victory in the 1996 and 2005 Rolex 24, in addition to sharing the latter year’s Daytona Prototype title with Angelelli. “But it’s a huge thing to undertake. I have my own team to run, so it will be difficult, but Jeff Beyer gave us the opportunity for the three of us to test the car with Jared over three days. That in itself is going to be really nice.”