Wayne Taylor Racing Eyeing Maiden Mid Ohio Victory

Jordan Taylor

Funny how sometimes the things people don’t want to talk about are the ones that get talked about the most.

When the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R driving duo of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande hit the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) street circuit at the last round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, all eyes were on Taylor and how he would respond to racing mere days after undergoing an appendectomy. Aside from some noticeable discomfort when entering and exiting the racecar, it turned out Taylor was his usual stellar self when wheeling it around the racetrack in practice, qualifying and his race stint. Thus, the appendectomy was not an issue.

As the team heads to the scenic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington for Sunday’s IMSA Sports Car Challenge, the farthest thing from the minds of Taylor and van der Zande will be the fact the No. 10 team is winless in 11 previous visits to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural road course, as it’s something they feel has zero bearing on their chances of scoring a maiden Mid-Ohio victory Sunday.

A year ago this weekend, the team and the series returned to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 2013 and for the first time with the sleek, black No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R with which it scored the 2017 driver and team championships. Van der Zande qualified fifth and the hopes were high that a trouble-free race and some crafty strategy would finally lead to the team’s long-awaited maiden Mid-Ohio win. But the race went green from start to finish, and Taylor and van der Zande just could not find a way to the front without an opportunity to get creative with their strategy.

After three weeks of much-needed rest, Taylor is looking forward to a pain-free race weekend at Mid-Ohio, and van der Zande looks to erase the painful memory of an unexpected and unfortunate impact with the turn-10 wall early in the race at Long Beach that ended the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team’s day and cost an opportune chance to extend the points lead with which it began the weekend.

Fortunately, the championship ramifications of the Long Beach result turned out to be relatively painless as the team hits the track at Mid-Ohio fourth in the standings but just four points out of first place with plenty of season – seven events – remaining. A solid result this weekend would certainly be just what the doctor ordered.

Practice for the IMSA Sports Car Challenge begins Friday with DPi-class qualifying set for 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday with live streaming video via IMSA.tv and the IMSA Mobile App beginning at 11:30 a.m. The green flag for Sunday’s s one-hour, 40-minute race is at 1:40 p.m. with live television coverage by NBCSN set for 1:30 p.m. Live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions is available at IMSA.com and via the IMSA smartphone app.
JORDAN TAYLOR, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:
 

First of all, how are you feeling and how has the recovery process gone for you since Long Beach week? What kinds of things have you had to do to ensure a complete recovery?

 

“It’s been a decent recovery. It’s taken longer to feel 100% than I was expecting. I went to see my Doctor a couple of days after Long Beach just to make sure I didn’t do any extra damage by driving, and thankfully she said everything looked perfect. She just asked me to keep taking it easy for a little while longer, so I’ve just been relaxing at home.”

 

Looking back, what was it like to soldier through Long Beach weekend just days after your surgery?

 

“I think the pure motivation to get back into the car and the adrenaline surrounding the weekend made it a lot easier. The couple of days after the race seemed more painful than the race weekend itself, so I think just being amped up about getting back into the car helped mask a lot of the pain that was actually there.”

 

The team suffered a rare DNF at Long Beach but fortunately didn’t suffer too badly in the championship as a result. What’s on your and the team’s collective minds as you head to Mid-Ohio?

 

“We just have to get back to where we were before Long Beach. Since Petit Le Mans last year, we had two wins and a second-place finish, so we have been operating as a team at a very high level. I don’t see why we won’t be back fighting for wins in Ohio. We got lucky at Long Beach that we didn’t lose too much ground in the championship, but we can’t have another one of those weekends.”

 

Mid-Ohio has probably been one of the most challenging tracks for the team, historically, all the way back to when your dad and Max were co-driving there. Mid-Ohio and Road America are the only two tracks where the team has yet to score a win – in fact, just one podium in 11 races there dating back to 2004. Why do you suppose it’s been such a challenge?

 

“I don’t think there is any one reason that we have struggled at Mid-Ohio. Each and every race weekend that you go to is unique and has its own story and Mid-Ohio is no different. We have had some strong cars there in the past where we were fast enough to win, but other things have happened to take that chance away. I think if we just go in with an open mind and not think we have a monkey on our back when we show up to that track, we’ll be just fine.”

 

Do you like racing on the circuit, and why or why not?

 

“Yeah I enjoy driving at Mid-Ohio. It’s a very natural and old-school road course. As a driver, it’s one of the most technical tracks that we go to, so it’s a big challenge to put a good lap together. It also can create some big questions on setup for the engineer, so finding the right compromise is always interesting.”

RENGER VAN DER ZANDE, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:
 

The team suffered a rare DNF at Long Beach but fortunately didn’t suffer too badly in the championship as a result. What’s on your and the team’s collective minds as you head to Mid-Ohio?

 

“Looking back at Long Beach, I think we suffered. It was a good chance to move up, but we didn’t move down too dramatically, which was fortunate. That’s the only thing I can say about it and all we can do is look ahead.”

 

Mid-Ohio has probably been one of the most challenging tracks for the team, historically, all the way back to when your dad and Max were co-driving there. Mid-Ohio and Road America are the only two tracks where the team has yet to score a win – in fact, just one podium in 11 races there dating back to 2004. Why do you suppose it’s been such a challenge?

 

“Mid-Ohio has not been the easiest one for the team. Last year, we finished behind the faster cars and we may have the same scenario if there are other cars stronger than us. So that will make it a matter of damage control, not losing too many positions, and stay close in the championship for when we have better race weekends to come. This year, we’re not banking on our ability to win, which was the case last year. But, who knows, maybe strategy-wise we will be able to make something happen. We’re not going to say up front we’re not going to win, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a challenge and we’re going to give it our all to make the most out of it. Last year, there was zero safety car, which gave us no opportunity to make any strategy calls or whatever. Let’s see how the race unfolds this year and hopefully there will be some opportunities.”

 

Do you like racing on the circuit, and why or why not?

 

“I really like the Mid-Ohio track. Last year was my first time there. It was low grip, it was not easy. I think, setup-wise, we are able to do some improvements coming back to that track. From the driver’s perspective, there are lots of ups and downs and lots of interesting corners and, if you combine them in the right way, you are making up time. I like the place and, especially after our bad weekend at Long Beach, I’m really looking forward to getting back there.”

 

WAYNE TAYLOR, owner, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:
Your overall thoughts about heading back to Mid-Ohio this weekend?

 

“We’ve definitely had some up and down weekends there, but overall I’ve always loved the facility there. It’s a real road course. We weren’t competitive from a race-winning standpoint there last year – it went green from start to finish so we had no chance to make something happen, strategy-wise. Our guys have been doing every bit of prep work they can to get us ready. I can say that track position is more important there than almost anywhere else we race. Even the GTLM cars are difficult to get around because they have as much if not more horsepower than we do, now, and their handling and braking is so good. But, as is always the case, I guess we’ll find a way. As long as everyone puts in 110 percent, we should be just fine. (Laughs.)”

 

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team Report

Round 4 of 10 – IMSA Sports Car Challenge – Mid-Ohio

 

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 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington (2.258-mile, 13-turn road course).

 

Live Broadcast (race time 1:40 p.m. EDT Sunday)NBCSN – 1:30 p.m. Saturday qualifying – 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. (DPi class at 12:30 p.m.) via IMSA.tv and the IMSA mobile app.

 

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

 

Click here for Wayne Taylor Racing’s 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Results.

Driver Lineup:

 

Driver: Jordan Taylor

Birthdate: May 10, 1991

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Residence: Apopka, Florida

Personal: Single

 

Driver: Renger van der Zande

Birthdate: Feb. 16, 1986

Birthplace: Dodewaard, Netherlands

Residence: Amsterdam

Personal: Wife, Carlijn

Daughter, Lola

Son, Lux

Primary Crew Members:

Owner: Wayne Taylor (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

 

Team Manager: Travis Houge (Dolliver, Iowa)

 

Crew Chief: Chris Bennett (Indianapolis)

 

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

 

Asst. Engineer: Adam Banet (Floyd Knobs, Ind.)

 

Mechanics/Crew: Derrick Barnes (Indianapolis), Levi Beasley (Indianapolis), Frank Camacho (Long Beach, Calif.), Chad Hurst (Speedway, Ind.), Brett Knostman (Orange, Calif.), Michael Langston (Pearl, Miss.), Hali Money (Brownsburg, Ind.), Bill Mullen (Hamilton, Ohio), Chris Seaman (Hamburg, Pa.), Chris Sheffer (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Keith Stein (Highland, Ind.), Evan Thompson (Brownsburg, Ind.), Nicholas Voils (Indianapolis).

 

Truck Driver: Paul Sheehan (Olivia, Minn.)

Over-the-Wall Crew Members:

 

Front Tire Changer: Michael Langston

Rear Tire Changer: Chris Bennett

Airjack: Chris Bennett

Fueler: Chris Seaman

Fire Bottle: Paul Sheehan

Driver Change Assist: Bill Mullen

Tire Assist: Paul Sheehan

Deadperson: Hali Money

Tire Carrier: Nick Voils

Fire Bottle: Chad Hurst

 

Car Specifications
 

No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R
Dallara Chassis: Carbon fiber monocoque with aluminum honeycomb and Zylon side panels. Carbon fiber bodywork with Kevlar panel inserts.

 

Cadillac Engine: Cadillac V-Performance-based 5.5-liter V-8 with production-based aluminum block and heads. Earnhardt-Childress Racing-designed, semi-stressed engine mounting system with integral oil lubrication. Lubrication: self-contained dry sump system. Dynamic pressure (ram-air) intake system with IMSA-mandated sonic air restrictors. Rear-facing, top-exit, dual-outlet, multi-branch exhaust header system. Produces approximately 580 horsepower at 7,050 rpm (IMSA mandated power level).

 

Fuel Capacity: 18.49 gallons (70 liters).

 

Bosch Engine Management: MS5.0 ECU, C60 data logger, traction control.

 

Cosworth Electronics:

Power: IPS48, SSR300A, RLU, RSP20.

Data: CLU Plus Pro.

 

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

 

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

 

Tilton Clutch: 5.5 Carbon Disc.

 

XTRAC Gearbox: P1159F, transverse sequential six-speed.

 

KYB Steering: Electrically assisted rack-and-pinion.

 

Suspension: Front/rear double wishbone independent pushrod.

 

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

 

Weight/Length/Width/Height: 2,050 pounds (930 kg)/15.58 feet (187 inches)/6.23 feet (74.8 inches)/3.78 feet (45.3 inches).

 

Motegi Racing Wheels: Forged AL6061-T6 rims. Front 18.0 inches x 12.5 inches; rear 18.0 inches x 13.0 inches.

 

Michelin Tires: Front 300/680-R18; rear 310/710-R18.

 

Notes of Interest
  • Round four of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R driving duo of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande to the scenic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington for Sunday’sIMSA Sports Car Challenge.
  • Taylor, van der Zande and the team arrive at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural road course situated between Columbus and Cleveland fourth in the championship but just four points out of first place after a rare DNF on the Grand Prix of Long Beach(Calif.) seaside street circuit three weekends ago resulted in a 10th-place finish. Taylor practiced, qualified and started the race just days after an appendectomy.
  • A year ago this weekend, the series paid its first visit to Mid-Ohio since 2013. Taylor and van der Zande started and finished fifth in the caution-free, two-hour and 40-minute race.
  • Mid-Ohio is one of only two tracks on the schedule at which the No. 10 team has yet to score a victory – the other being Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In 11 races dating back to 2004, the No. 10 car has just one podium finish at Mid-Ohio, when now-team-owners Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli co-drove from 19th on the grid after an accident in qualifying and rallied for third place at the checkered flag. Last year’s fifth-place finish was just the fourth top-five for the No. 10 in its 11 races at Mid-Ohio.
  • The team has fared better in qualifying over the years at Mid-Ohio. Jordan Taylor earned the pole position in the 2013 race he co-drove with Angelelli, and Ricky Taylor, who is now in his second year at Team Penske, qualified the No. 10 on the front row in back-to-back Mid-Ohio races in 2010 and 2011. Angelelli qualified second in the No. 10’s first race at Mid-Ohio in 2004.
  • The team opened the 2019 season with it second Rolex 24 At Daytona victory in the last three seasons. Formula One veteran Fernando Alonso and former Formula One and current FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) veteran Kamui Kobayashi joined Taylor and van der Zande in the cockpit. In 2017, Taylor scored the Rolex 24 victory for the team co-driving with his older brother Ricky, Angelelli, and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon.
  • In this season’s second race, Taylor and van der Zande were joined for the first time by third driver Matthieu Vaxivière of France in their trouble-free run at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring that netted the team’s third consecutive top-two finish in the 67th running of America’s oldest sportscar endurance marathon.
  • With their victory at last year’s season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, their fourth podium finish of the season, Taylor and van der Zande rallied to finish third in the final 2018 championship standings, seven points out of first, in followup to the team’s 2017 championship.
  • Taylor had four starts at Mid-Ohio prior to his 2013 outing with the No. 10 team and Angelelli. In 2010, he qualified on the GT-class pole in the No. 30 Racer’s Edge Motorsports entry and finished third with co-driver Jade Buford. He co-drove the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports GT-class entry to finishes of eight and ninth, respectively, in 2011 and 2012.
  • Last year’s race was the first career start at Mid-Ohio for van der Zande.

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