Wayne Taylor Racing Rolls Into Canadian Tire Motorsports Park This Weekend

 

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With one streak having come to an abrupt end just three days ago, brothers and co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor are looking to continue another of the team’s streaks that’s still very much intact as they and their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside Toronto for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

After going a perfect five-for-five in sweeping the opening half of the 2017 campaign, the Taylor brothers’ bid for a perfect season turned out to be over less than 30 seconds into last Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Ricky Taylor was off to one of his trademark race starts from the No. 4 qualifying position and worked his way up alongside No. 2 qualifier Oliver Pla in the No. 52 Ligier LMP2 in the very first turn of the six-hour race. Pla’s racing machine took an abrupt jump to the left and damaged Taylor’s right-front suspension. Two turns later, contact with an Armco barrier as a result of the front suspension damage inflicted further damage on the car and left Taylor limping the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R back to the pits. A stellar repair job by the crew still cost six laps before the car was back on track, needing a clean run and a slew of caution periods the rest of the way for even a remote chance of continuing the perfect season.

Taylor and his younger brother and crew and strategists did run cleanly and smartly the rest of the way, but there wasn’t the abundance of caution periods they needed and they were only able to salvage a sixth-place finish, three laps off the pace.

The day’s events saw the No. 10 team’s hefty 30-point lead in the championship reduced to 20 over the race-winning No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R team with four events remaining. But the overriding feeling in the Konica Minolta Cadillac camp leaving Watkins Glen was that it could have been much worse, but the team’s never-give-up attitude saved the day.

This weekend’s two-hour, 40-minute race at the track originally known as Mosport Park takes the team to one of its best tracks in recent years. Similar to Watkins Glen with its long straights, high-speed corners and old-school flavor, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has yielded a pair of third-place finishes in 2014 and 2016 sandwiching the thrilling 2015 victory there by the Taylor brothers.

Typical for this weekend in Canada is the presence of a huge contingent of sponsor Konica Minolta guests and affiliates – highlighted this year by 150 Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada employees watching the race in turn three. The Taylors and their team did not disappoint them each of the last three seasons, and they’ll be highly motivated to get back to their win-streaking ways with a trouble-free run from start to finish and another huge step toward the coveted 2017 championship this weekend.

Practice for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix begins Friday morning with Prototype-class qualifying set for 1:20 p.m. EDT Saturday with live video at IMSA.tv beginning at 12:05 p.m. The green flag flies at 12:05 p.m. Sunday with live TV coverage set for FS1 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 Cadillac DPi-V.R:
 

Your overall thoughts as you head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park coming off last weekend’s rally from last to sixth in the Watkins Glen six-hour?

 

“CTMP’s always been a good race for us. We’ve been on the podium there most every year we’ve been there. It’s a very similar track to Watkins Glen, so we can really build on what we learned here and take it into that race.”

 

Was it a huge letdown to see the winning streak come to an end, did you just take it in stride, or something in-between? Surely you never thought you could run the table and get through the whole season unbeaten?

 

“It was very disappointing and frustrating to lose the streak in the way we did, without really getting to fight for it at the end of the race. With the recent BoP (Balance of Performance) changes, we knew it would be difficult to sweep the season but it would have been much better to be in a position to defend our winning streak. But now that pressure is off and we can pick up from our strong performance in the first five races when we get to CTMP.”

 

While Watkins Glen hasn’t been one of our better tracks since you won twice there in 2011, CTMP certainly has been one of your best tracks. How do you expect things will go this year with the new car? Is it even better suited to that track and the team and the drivers?

 

“I think it should be a good weekend. We expect the performance to be similar to The Glen but I think we can take the positives out of our previous performances there with regard to strategy, traffic, and what it takes to race well there. It will be an interesting racetrack for the new car. This track is not really like any other on the schedule with the extreme high-speed corners balanced with very low-speed hairpin and a very long back straight. Getting into the setup window early will be key to a good weekend.”

JORDAN TAYLOR, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:
 

Was it a huge letdown to see the winning streak come to an end, or did you just take it in stride, or something in-between? Surely you never thought you could run the table and get through the whole season unbeaten?

 

“It was obviously a disappointing weekend at Watkins Glen. We had a flawless season up to that point with five wins, so to see it end was a bit sad. With how the day started, it seemed like it was going to be a big hit in the points, but nobody gave up on the team and we were able to salvage a sixth-place finish. All in all, it was a good save but, seeing how the race played out, it could have been another win.”

 

While Watkins Glen hasn’t been one of our better tracks since you won twice there in 2011, CTMP certainly has been one of your best tracks. How do you expect things will go this year with the new car? Is it even better suited to that track and the team and the drivers?

 

“I think Mosport will be similar to Watkins Glen. The track layout is a similar style to Watkins Glen, with the long straight and high-speed corners. We just need to focus on getting back into our routine after the last race and I’m sure we’ll be right back fighting for it. Pace-wise, we struggled a bit last week, but I think we would have been able to get back in contention with our pit stops and strategy. I’m sure that will play into our team’s strengths this week.”

 

WAYNE TAYLOR, owner, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:
 

Your thoughts as you head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after rallying for a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen?

“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. Because of that, and the fact we won there two years ago and have finished on the podium all three times we’ve been there, we’re quite motivated to get back there. It was quite a shock to see the Watkins Glen race unravel in the very first corner, but the team never gave up and did a spectacular job in all respects to get us sixth place at the end. Mosport is a similar track in a lot of ways. We’ve never had the fastest car there, but our team and drivers and strategy earned us a win and two podiums each time. There’s still a good bit of the season left to go, and we showed the first half of the season and for all but the first lap of the race at Watkins Glen what we’re capable of. We just need to stay out of trouble and the results will take care of themselves, as usual.”

 

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team Report

Round 7 of 10 – Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix – Bowmanville

 

At-Track PR Contact: Laz Denes with True Speed Communication (256-717-8014 or Laz.Denes@TrueSpeedCommunication.com).

 

Event: 2-hour, 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario (2.459-mile, 10-turn road course).

 

Broadcast (race time 12:05 p.m. EDT Sunday)FS1 live – Noon EDTSaturday qualifying –12:05 to 1:35 p.m. (Prototype class at 1:20 p.m.) via IMSA TV at IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile app.

 

Click here for Wayne Taylor Racing’s Track Performance History.

 

Click here for Wayne Taylor Racing’s 2017 results.

 

Driver Lineup:

 

Driver: Ricky Taylor

Birthdate: Aug. 3, 1989

Birthplace: Surrey, England

Residence: Orlando, Florida

Personal: Single

 

Driver: Jordan Taylor

Birthdate: May 10, 1991

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Residence: Apopka, Florida

Personal: Single

Primary Crew Members:

Owner: Wayne Taylor (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Team Manager: Travis Houge (Dolliver, Iowa)

Car Chief: Chris Bennett (Indianapolis)

Lead Mechanic: Bill Mullen (Hamilton, Ohio)

Race Engineer: Brian Pillar (Alliston, Ontario, Canada)

Support Engineers: Adam Banet (Floyd Knobs, Ind.),Shishir Vyas (Sydney)

Mechanics/Crew: Doug Bradley (Estherville, Iowa), David Nisbet (East Grand Forks, Minn.), Chris Seaman (Hamburg, Pa.) Nicholas Voils (Indianapolis)​

Truck Driver: Paul Sheehan (Olivia, Minn.)

 

Over-the-Wall Crew Members:

 

Front Tire Changer: Doug Bradley

Rear Tire Changer: Chris Bennett

Airjack: Dave Nisbett

Fuel Man: Chris Seaman

Fire Bottle: Paul Sheehan

Driver Change Assist: Bill Mullen

Pit Board: Nick Voils

Tire Assist: Nick Voils, Paul Sheehan

Deadman: Shishir Vyas

Car Specifications
 

No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Chassis: The monocoque is made by Dallara of carbon fiber with aluminum honeycomb and Zylon side panels. The bodywork is carbon fiber with Kevlar panel inserts.

Engine: Cadillac 6.2 liter V-8 engine, the same engine that powers the Cadillac CTS-V supersedan. Finer points include: Cadillac Gen V LT based 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 with production-based aluminum block and heads. Earnhardt Childress Racing (ECR)-designed semi-stressed engine mounting system with integral oil lubrication system.

 

Exhaust: Rear-facing, top exit, dual outlet multi-branch exhaust header system.

 

Power: 600 horsepower at approximately 7,900 rpm.

 

Fuel Capacity: 19.8 gallons.

 

Engine Management: Bosch MS5.0 ECU, C60 DATA Logger, traction control.

 

Electronics:

Power: Cosworth IPS48, SSR300A, RLU, RSP20.

Data: Cosworth CLU Plus Pro.

Rear-View Camera: Gentex Corporation, GNTX-R, Rear Camera Mirror.

 

Steering Wheel: Cosworth CCW Mk2, paddle shift, 4.5-inch TFT LCD.

 

Clutch: Tilton 5.5 Carbon Disc.

 

Gearbox: Xtrac P1159F, transverse sequential six-speed.

Steering: KYB electrically assisted rack and pinion.

 

Suspension: Front/rear double wishbone independent pushrod.

Brakes: Brembo Monobloc six-piston light aluminum calipers, carbon fiber discs and pads.

 

Weight/Length/Width/Height: 2,050 pounds / 15.58 feet (187 inches) / 6.23 feet (74.8 inches) / 3.78 feet (45.3 inches).

Wheels: American Racing forged AL6061-T6 rims (front 18.0 inches x 12.5 inches; rear 18.0 inches x 13.0 inches).

Tires: Continental Tire (front 320/680-R18; rear 325/710-R18).

 

Notes of Interest
 

  • Round seven of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes theNo. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R driving duo of Ricky and Jordan Taylornorth of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario forSunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
  • After sweeping the first half of the season with five consecutive wins –Rolex 24 Hours At DaytonaMobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringBubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prixon the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) street circuit, Advance Auto Parts Sports Car Showdown at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on the Streets of Belle Isle circuit in downtown Detroit – the Taylor brothers are coming off Sunday’s sixth-place finish in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen atWatkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
  • Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race on the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road circuit just more than an hour’s drive north and east of Toronto takes the team to one of its most successful tracks in recent years, where the Taylor brothers scored a resounding victory in 2015sandwiched by a pair of third-place finishes in 2014 and 2016.
  • A year ago this weekend, Ricky Taylor qualified on the front row at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, grabbed the lead from polesitting Mazda driver Tristen Nunez and held the point for the opening 11 laps. In the latter stages of the race, Jordan Taylor found himself battling for the lead with the Action Express Racing entries. A late-race gamble to change just rear tires temporarily allowed the younger Taylor to regain the lead, but he ultimately had to hold on for a third-place finish – the team’s third consecutive podium in three visits to the track.
  • Two years ago, Ricky Taylor qualified on the pole and led the opening 28 laps of the race, but it wasn’t until nine minutes remained in the two-hour, 40-minute race beforeJordan Taylor got the lead back for good with a pass of Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Action Express Racing entry. The two waged an exciting battle to the checkered flag, with Taylor crossing the finish line .477 of a second ahead of Cameron.
  • In their first appearance at the track two years ago, the Taylor brothers qualified sixth and overcame an early off-course excursion to bring home a gutsy third-place finish, widening their lead atop the point standings with their fifth podium in the first seven events of 2014.
  • Last weekend at Watkins Glen, Ricky Taylor qualified fourth and was in the midst of one of his trademark stellar race starts as he got around No. 3 qualifier Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R and was alongside No. 2 qualifier Olivier Pla in the No. 52 Ligier LMP2. Pla briefly lost control of his car as it jumped to the left and damaged Taylor’s right-front suspension. Contact with the wall two turns later further damaged the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, sending Taylor limping the car back to the pits while the team made repairs during the next six laps. It returned to the race and finished sixth, three laps down.
  • The sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen, combined with the victory by the No. 5 Action Express team, cut the No. 10 team’s lead in the championship from 30 to 20 points with four events remaining. The combined finishes at The Glen also dropped the No. 10 from first place, two points ahead of the No. 5 team, two second place, two points behind the No. 5 team, in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, which is made up of the four endurance events at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen andRoad Atlanta.
  • The five consecutive victories by the No. 10 team the first half of this season tied the major North American-based sportscar series record first set in 2001 by the Audi R8prototype duo of Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen, who opened with five consecutive victories top open the 2001 season that combined American Le Mans Series and European Le Mans Series events  – Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Sebring, Donington (England) Park, the Jarama Circuit in Madrid, andSonoma (Calif.) Raceway. Capello and Kristensen won eight of the 10 events on that combined 2001 schedule.
  • Five weeks ago at Detroit, the Taylor brothers were the beneficiaries of some Motor City magic in scoring the team’s fourth victory in the last five Belle Isle events and for the eighth time in the team’s last nine races on temporary street circuits. They did it this time by starting from the back of the Prototype-class grid due to an accident after clocking the fastest lap in qualifying the day before. The Taylor brothers combined to lead 16 of 65 race laps in winning for the 19th time in their respective careers.
  • Three events ago at Austin, Ricky Taylor qualified on the pole for the second race in a row and the 15th time in his career, and he combined with his brother to lead all 73 race laps.
  • The first weekend of April on the streets of Long Beach, Ricky Taylor qualified on the pole for the first time this season in track-record time. He led the opening 33 laps of the one-hour, 40-minute race before handing things over to his brother. Jordan Taylor then pulled off some late-race magic for the win, passing Ryan Dalziel of the No. 2 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry for the lead with five laps to go. It was the third Long Beach win in a row for the Taylors.
  • The Daytona victory Jan. 28-29, alongside now-retired veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, was during themaiden voyage of the all-new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, and it represented manufacturer Cadillac’s return to Prototype-class racing for the first time since their father and team owner, three-time sportscar-racing champion Wayne Taylor, campaigned theCadillac Northstar LMP entry from 2000 to 2002.
  • The Sebring victory March 18, when they were joined for the first time by British open-wheel specialist Alex Lynn, came 21 years to the day since their father scored back-to-back victories at Daytona and Sebring en route to the 1996 championship.
  • In winning the two iconic endurance marathons to open this season, the Konica Minolta Cadillac led a combined 386 of 1,007 laps (38.3 percent).
  • The Long Beach win occurred without the on-site services of technical director Brian Pillar, who was on travel restriction while placed on a liquid diet due to a stomach ailment. Support engineer Adam Banet assumed Pillar’s at-track duties and called the race from the pitbox. Earlier this season, it was Banet who had to travel home from Daytona to be with his wife Andrea for the birth of their first child. Pillar has since received a clean bill of health and will be back with the team in Austin this weekend.
  • Two weekends ago, the Taylor brothers competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the fourth in the last five seasons for Ricky Taylor, who this year joined the No. 43 Keating Motorsports Riley MK30 Gibson LMP2-class team alongside owner Ben Keating andJeroen Bleekemolen, and the sixth in a row for Jordan Taylor with the Corvette RacingLMGTE Pro-class team, this year joining Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the No. 63 Corvette C7.R, which finished third.
  • In addition to their 19th career win, each, at Detroit, the 27-year-old Ricky Taylor also has43 podium finishes and 15 poles in 104 career major North American sportscar races, and the 25-year-old Jordan Taylor 36 podium finishes and 10 poles in 94 career races.
  • Angelelli closed his career as the third-winningest driver in North American sportscar racing history, his 28 wins surpassed only by Pruett’s 43 and Rojas’ 29. The veteran Italian stepped out of the cockpit in favor of his new role as program manager for the Cadillac DPi-V.R program after playing a major behind-the-scenes role in developing the all-new racecar the past two years.
  • Gordon returned to the team for his second career Rolex 24 and second career sportscar race, the first coming with this same team in 2007, when he co-drove with Wayne Taylor, Angelelli and Jan Magnussen to a podium finish.
  • Cadillac V-Performance Racing announced Feb. 13 that Ricky and Jordan Taylor would drive Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe racecars in the five SprintX rounds of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge – the first appearance for both Taylor brothers in the series. At the first of five events last weekend at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Jordan Taylor netted a pair of podium finishes alongside Michael Cooper. The other events areMay 19-21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, May 26-27 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, Aug. 11-13 at Utah Motorsports Complex in Tooele, and Sept. 1-3 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
  • Between this year’s Daytona and Sebring stops on the tour, Ricky Taylor received a rare treat at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he tested the Team Penske IndyCar of defending series champion Simon Pagenaud on the Homestead road circuit. Sources said Taylor laid down laps comparable to Pagenaud’s baseline laps earlier that day, but the ever-so-humble Taylor attributed his success to better track conditions during his time in the car.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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