Wayne Taylor riding to victory lane with his son at Monterey. (LAT photos)
Wayne Taylor, owner the championship-leading Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype program, tells RACER he's is intent on expanding his team to two cars for the upcoming United SportsCar Championship.
“Running two full-time cars next year is my greatest priority,” he said in a RACER exclusive. “We've had a fantastic year with our No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette, but it's clear that other manufacturers are making a big push for next year in Daytona Prototype and for us to maintain our position, moving to two cars – two sets of data, doubling the driver pool, giving ourselves two opportunities to win – is a requirement as far as I'm concerned.”
Coming off of back-to-back wins and four total victories from 11 rounds this year, WTR drivers Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor hold an eight-point lead over the Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates duo of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas heading into the season finale at Lime Rock on Sept. 28.
Testing for the 2014 USCC season is set to commence in November, giving teams minimal downtime before the next championship begins, but Taylor says he's already getting a second chassis prepared for potential customers.
“We've got two cars; the second car is at Pratt & Miller Engineering to get all of the parts and pieces that will be available to us next season, our facility is outfitted to run multiple cars and we've earmarked the personnel we want to join the program,” he added. “This isn't something we're taking lightly, and we've committed the resources to get everything ready to add a sister car to the No. 10.”
With the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am coming together under one roof next season, Taylor believes there will be an advantage to those who take advantage of North American sports car racing's relaunch.”
“The important thing is to get in on the ground floor with this new series,” he opined. “Having been a part of Grand-Am since its early days, there's stability and affordability here that can't be overlooked. This is going to be a premier series, and if you compare it to other premier series in America, we're going to be able to run a quality two-car program for what it costs to run a single car elsewhere.
“If you look at the new tracks we'll be going to like Sebring and some of the other venues that are coming over from the ALMS, it's a pretty exciting time for everyone here. Expanding Wayne Taylor Racing with all of this taking place is the right decision.”