Taylor Racing Leads Way to Mid-Ohio
By: John Singler on June 13, 2013 | 3:25 P.M. EST
With wins in two of its last three starts, Wayne Taylor Racing will arrive at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week riding a wave of momentum that’s carried it to the top of the point standings. (Photo: GRAND-AM)
With wins in two of its last three starts, Wayne Taylor Racing will arrive at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week riding a wave of momentum that’s carried it to the top of the point standings.
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor – co-drivers of the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette – are toting a two-point lead in the Daytona Prototype standings with Saturday’s Diamond Cellar Classic marking the halfway point of the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
Victories at Barber Motorsports Park and the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit have helped Angelelli and Taylor knock perennial champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas from their usual perch atop the DP ladder. But with the season just now reaching its mid-point, the Taylor Racing tandem is not about to lift off the gas.
"We still need to go in like we have all the other races, trying to get the win and as many points as we can," Taylor said. "It’s still early in the season and we saw in Detroit how quickly things can change."
Pruett and Rojas entered the Detroit round two weeks ago with a seven-point lead. They left facing a 20-point deficit from fourth place after being sidelined by a crash in the first minute of the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200.
"We need to keep focusing on what we’re doing," Taylor continued. "The whole team’s been executing on pit stops and car prep. As long as we keep doing that, we’ll come out in good shape."
Despite the two victories already this season, the No. 10 team may still be looking for a little more consistency as it rolls toward the halfway point of the schedule. With the wins have come finishes of 10th and sixth at Circuit of the Americas and Road Atlanta, respectively.
"In Detroit, we didn’t think we had the best car to win the race so we knew we had to make the most of the opportunity we had starting up-front," said Taylor, who won the pole for the “Motown” round. "If we get to Mid-Ohio and see that we don’t have the fastest car, we need to take it easy and make the most of what we can.
"If we have to settle for a top five, that’s what we’ll do. If you go for a win when you can’t win, that’s when you end up with a DNF. We had hugely disappointing results in Texas and Atlanta. We need to keep getting podiums or top fives, at worst, for the good of our championship hopes."
Angelelli is preaching patience as he heads for Mid-Ohio’s pastoral 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural road course.
"It’s a track where I really have to manage myself," he said. "And that’s not only me. All the drivers get so frustrated. I’ll take risks on other racetracks where, if it doesn’t work out, you can always recover. Any small mistake at Mid-Ohio can lead to a massive disaster."
The No. 10 team hopes to erase the memory of a disappointing showing in last year’s Mid-Ohio round, when it finished last among the Daytona Prototypes – which were led by the Spirit of Daytona tandem of Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook. The No. 90 Corvette team is back to defend this year, with Westbrook now sharing the ride with Ricky Taylor (Jordan’s older brother).
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series teams will open practice at Mid-Ohio on Friday morning with qualifying later in the day at 4:35 p.m. (ET). Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of Saturday’s Diamond Cellar Classic beginning at 4:15 p.m. with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.