Jordan Taylor to Co-Drive with Angelelli
October 17, 2012 | 1:54 P.M. EST
Jordan Taylor (right) - shown here with his father and team owner Wayne Taylor - will share driving duties with Max Angelelli during the 2013 GRAND-AM Series. (Photo: GRAND-AM)
But for the new season, Jordan Taylor will replace Ricky Taylor to co-drive with 2005 series champion Max Angelelli. The announcement was made Wednesday during a national media teleconference.
Jordan, 21, is Ricky Taylor's younger brother. He'll share driving duties with Angelelli in Wayne Taylor Racing's Corvette Dallara. Jordan Taylor is a two-time winner in the GRAND-AM Series, scoring GT-class victories each of the past two seasons for Autohaus Motorsports. At a young age, he's already a veteran of 44 starts in various GT-class cars and Daytona Prototypes since his Rolex Series debut in 2008.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that this opportunity has opened up for my younger son, Jordan, after Ricky enjoyed such a successful three-year run alongside Max," said team owner and three-time sports car racing champion Wayne Taylor. “As was the case with Ricky when the opportunity came along for him three years ago, Jordan has proven his ability as a championship-caliber driver for the past five seasons. And as everybody knows, contending for championships is absolutely what this organization has been all about since we started doing this back in 2004."
As Jordan Taylor moves in, Ricky moves on after three seasons as Angelelli's teammate ... recently signing to co-drive the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP with British veteran Richard Westbrook.
“Max has remained the constant in the driver’s seat since this program started,” Wayne Taylor continued. “He's also helped shape and mold both of my sons into fierce competitors, and has had a tremendous influence on their lives both on and off the racetrack. It will be special to now see Jordan work directly with Max as his teammate. And while I’m happy for the new opportunity that's come along for Ricky, I’m sad to see him go at the same time. But it’s going to be great to see both of my sons race full-time in the DP class.”
In addition to his 2011 win at Virginia International Raceway and his 2012 victory in the inaugural Belle Isle Street Circuit event in Detroit, Jordan Taylor has seven podium finishes and has qualified on the pole six times in his 44 starts. He also co-drove a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R ZR1 with veteran Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia at this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will again this coming weekend in the American Le Mans Series season-ending race at Road Atlanta.
“I’m excited, for sure,” Jordan Taylor said of his new opportunity. “I’ve followed the team, obviously, my whole career with my dad, and Max being like a brother or a second dad and mentor to me. It’ll be cool to drive with Max and have my dad right there. It’s a great team that has won a lot of races and a championship, and it's been in the championship hunt pretty much every year.
"It might take just a little time to get accustomed to the Corvette Dallara package. I got to drive the car in testing at Indy last summer, and I got to race the Action Express Corvette DP at Watkins Glen, so I have a pretty good handle on what the current DP car feels like. I’m optimistic for all these reasons. It’s going to be a fresh start and I’m glad to have this opportunity. I plan to make the most of it.”
The No. 10 team finished fourth in the final 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series DP standings.
“Jordan (Taylor) has proven to be one of the hottest young American drivers in sports car racing and we're looking forward to seeing him alongside Max Angelelli as they chase the 2013 Rolex Series championship," said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “Jordan brings a wealth of experience to the No. 10 team and is a tremendous competitor. We're confident he and Max Angelelli will be a threat to win every time they hit the track. Wayne Taylor Racing is a championship-winning organization that's extremely hungry to finish back on top.”
The 12-race 2013 GRAND-AM Series will open Jan. 26-27 with the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of the 51st running of the twice-around-the clock classic, with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.