Wayne Taylor Racing Set To Bounce Back At Road America

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Business as usual. For the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team and its drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, business as usual means relentlessly meticulous preparation, creative and opportunistic strategy, standard-setting performance on pit road, and smart and fearless driving.

That was the case as the team reeled off an incredible five consecutive wins to start the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, and it was also the case during the last two races at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, what a one-two punch of on-track incidents led to uncharacteristic results of sixth and seventh place.

Win, lose or draw, the Taylor brothers and their Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team always seem to be business as usual. Not too high when they win, not too low when they lose, and always looking to the next challenge, which comes in the form of Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Like each of the previous seven rounds this season, the focus continues to be on winning, even with a 19-point lead in the championship with three races remaining. There is no such thing as cruising around and collecting points for this bunch. Even after suspension damage on the opening lap of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen put the team several laps down, the team continued to operate with an eye toward winning the race as it turned laps as competitive as the race leaders throughout. Then, a week later in Canada, it was a gutsy call to stay on racing slicks even in wet conditions that put the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in the lead by more than 20 seconds in the closing stages of the race, only to see it undone by contact with a GT-class competitor, it didn’t take long for the attention to turn to Road America.

The scenic racetrack about an hour’s drive north and west of Milwaukee hasn’t yielded the greatest results for the team. Third-place finishes in 2011 and 2016 sandwich four straight finishes of no better than seventh, even though the team has led laps each and every year. With this year’s introduction of the lightning-fast No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, combined with the team operating at seemingly its highest level in its 10-year history, there is huge optimism that this will finally be its year at Road America.

Practice for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase begins Friday morning with Prototype-class qualifying set for 2:50 p.m. EDT Saturday with live video at IMSA.tv beginning at 1:35 p.m.The green flag flies at 2:35 p.m. Sunday with live TV coverage set for FS1 beginning at 2:30. 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:
 

After a pair of very high-speed, old-school racetracks in Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, how do you feel Road America compares?

“Road America is perhaps more of a compromise track where there are three very long straights but also a lot of hard braking and technical, high-speed sections. My favorite part of the track is the carousel and kink, which are also the most synonymous with Road America. They take a lot of commitment but are also very technical in terms of driving style. The carrousel and kink are also the most challenging because they take a lot of commitment and are difficult to execute perfectly.”

Your thoughts on lighting striking at both Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after such an incredible first half of the season?

“We had an incredible start to the season and the misfortune at Watkins Glen and Mosport are the kinds of things that happen sometimes in racing. In order to win races and be competitive, some risk has to be taken and the risks that were taken were no more or less risky than in any of the first five races. I feel the team is still performing in a winning manner and I don’t think we have missed a beat, even with two poor results. The performance is still there.”

How do you expect the Cadillac DPi-V.R will take to Road America?

“I can’t wait to drive our Cadillac DPi.V.R around Road America. The car is so efficient and makes so much downforce that corners like the carrousel and kink are going to be much quicker than in past years.”

You’re up 19 points in the standings with just three races to go. What will be the team’s approach to these last three races?

“We will keep with our plan – we still want to win races. The team is working as hard as ever to make the car faster. We want to get to Road Atlanta (for the season-ending Petit Le Mans) with as many points as possible so we can be aggressive and go for maximum points in the TPNAEC (Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup), as well.”

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

After a pair of very high-speed, old-school racetracks in Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, how do you feel Road America compares?

“Road America is a unique track. It has a bit of everything – long, high-speed straights, high-speed corners, low-speed corners, elevation change, surface changes. It makes it a bit of a challenge to find a good compromise to get the lap time out of the car and a good car in race conditions. It’s a challenge for a driver to put a lap together, but it’s very rewarding when you do. We’ve had a strong car at all the different styles of tracks this year, so Road America shouldn’t be any different.”

Your thoughts on lighting striking at both Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after such an incredible first half of the season?

“We definitely had two tough races. We had a flawless run for the first five races, but two tiny little moments had big implications on our results at Watkins Glen and Mosport. That’s just racing, you have highs and lows. We had a strong car at both of those events, so I don’t have any concerns that we’ll be back up front for the final three events.”

How do you expect the Cadillac DPi-V.R will take to Road America?

“Road America was one of the tracks that I was looking forward to most when we got the new Cadillac DPi-V.R. Corners like turn one, the carousel and the kink should be extremely fast. They seemed quick in the old Daytona Prototype, but the added downforce this year will make the track that much more enjoyable.”

You’re up 19 points in the standings with just three races to go. What will be the team’s approach to these last three races?

“Our approach doesn’t change. We’re still going out and racing our own races. We’ve won five races this year and there is no reason we can’t keep winning. Our guys have put us in winning positions all year with a winning car, so we’ll keep fighting for this championship.”

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

Your overall thoughts as we head to Road America for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase?

“With three races to go in the championship, this weekend adds up to be very important. They’re all important, when you get down to it, but we had incidents at the last two races that led to sixth- and seventh-place finishes after we were unbeaten through the first half of the season. We didn’t win those last two races, but we still showed we have a fast racecar that can be competitive anywhere. We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing and do it with the things that have set us apart over the years – our superior driving, strategy and team performance on the pit stops. Road America has always been a good track for us. We just haven’t gotten the results to show for it. I think this will need to be the year we turn that around.”

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team Report

Round 8 of 10 – Continental Tire Road Race Showcase – Road America

 

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

 

Event: Two-hour, 40-minute  IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (4.048-mile, 10-turn road course).

 

Broadcast (race time 2:35 p.m. EDT Sunday)FS1 live – 2:30 EDTSaturday qualifying –1:35 to 3:05 p.m. (Prototype class at 2:50 p.m.) via IMSA TV at IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile app.

 

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 Nisbet

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 eight of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R driving duo of Ricky and Jordan Taylor to scenicRoad America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
  • 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 Prix on 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 sixth- and seventh-place finishes on back-to-back weekends last month at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
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  • Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team Report – Continental Tire Road Race Showcase                                                                           Page Two
  • The Taylor brothers arrive at Road America for Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race on the 4.048-mile, 10-turn road course north and west of Milwaukee with a 19-point lead in the championship with three events remaining. They’ll be looking for their second consecutive podium finish to continue their title bid at the track where the team has led laps each of the last six seasons – 68 laps led in all – but has only a pair of third-place finishes in that span.
  • A year ago this weekend, Ricky Taylor qualified third at Road America and he and his brother combined to lead four laps before crossing the finish line third behind the Nos. 31 and 5 Action Express Racing entries. They left Road America 11 points out of the championship lead and 10 points behind second with two races remaining. It was the team’s first podium finish since Ricky Taylor and veteran Italian finished third from the pole in 2011.
  • Prior to last year’s third-place finish, Jordan Taylor’s best major sports car finish at Road America came in 2011, when he and former NASCAR Camping World Truck Seriesregular Bill Lester co-drove to a fifth-place finish in the No. 99 Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R.
  • The Taylor brothers scored victories at Road America in 2007 Skip Barber open-wheel competition – Ricky in the National Series en route to his runner-up finish in the championship, and Jordan in the Eastern Championship en route to the title in that series.
  • A first-lap incident at last month’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and a late-race incident while leading at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix the following weekend in Canada led to the end of the team’s five-race winning streak to start the 2017 season.
  • 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.
  • The first weekend in June, the Taylor brothers were the beneficiaries of some Motor City magic in Detroit by scoring the team’s fourth victory in the last five Belle Isle eventsand 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.
  • At Austin in May, 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 Angelelli and four-timeNASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, was during the maiden 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 the Cadillac Northstar LMPentry 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).
  • 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.
  • 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. Jordan Taylor netted a pair of podium finishes alongside Michael Cooper during the season-opening weekend in April at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, thenwon the lone event run at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park last month before finishing second the following weekend at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. The remaining events: Aug. 11-13 at Utah Motorsports Complex in Tooele, and Sept. 1-3 atCircuit of the Americas.
  • 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.​

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