Wayne Taylor Racing Looks Forward To Belle Isle

Jordan Taylor,Renger van der Zande

Fresh off a track where the drivers and team still have yet to score a victory to one where they’ve enjoyed more recent success than anywhere else, the duo of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande and their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R teammates are more than ready to hit the streets of The Motor City for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

Despite their sixth-place finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington earlier this month on a weekend where they struggled to find race-winning speed, Taylor, van der Zande and company are still very much in the thick of the 2019 championship battle as they arrive at the 2.36-mile, 13-turn Streets of Belle Isle circuit just a stone’s throw from downtown Detroit, where the No. 10 won four times in five tries from 2013 to 2017.

Just seven points separate the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team from first place in the standings as the series heads to its fifth of 10 races this season, and a return to its winning ways in the home race for partners Cadillac and General Motors would certainly go a long way toward its hopes of securing a second championship in three years over the second half of the schedule.

Those hopes are certainly in capable hands starting with Taylor, who’s tied with retired veteran Johnny O’Connell as the winningest driver in Belle Isle history with five victories apiece. Taylor first won the GT class of this event in 2012, co-driving the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R with Paul Edwards. He joined Italian veteran and co-team owner Max “The Ax” Angelelli behind the wheel of the No. 10 Prototype the following year for his second consecutive victory – this time overall – before winning three more times in the next four visits co-driving with his older brother Ricky Taylor. Those victories came in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

This weekend, Taylor and van der Zande look to rebound from last year’s uncharacteristic fifth-place finish at Belle Isle with a much-needed return to the top step of the podium. After last year’s thrilling victory at the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta alongside third driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, they picked up right where they left off with another thrilling victory at this year’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona alongside Formula One veteran Fernando Alonso and former Formula One and current FIA World Endurance Championship star Kamui Kobayashi. That was followed by a hard-earned runner-up finish at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring alongside third driver Matthieu Vaxivière of France, and the feeling was the team had some serious championship momentum.

A 10th-place result on the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) street circuit after an early race accident and the struggle to finish sixth at Mid-Ohio certainly left Taylor, van der Zande and the team street-fighting mad and looking forward more than ever to their return to Detroit.

Practice for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix begins Friday morning with DPi-class qualifying set for 5:45 p.m. EDT with live streaming video via IMSA.tv and the IMSA Mobile App beginning at 5:100 p.m. The green flag for Saturday’s one-hour, 40-minute race is at 12:40 p.m. with live television coverage by NBCSN set for 12:30 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:
 

Safe to say you’re feeling good about heading to a track where the team has had great success the last six years, or is last year’s fifth-place finish weighing more on your minds? Your overall thoughts heading into the weekend?

“I always look forward to going to back to Detroit. I think no matter the event, if you’ve had success there in the past, it feels good to be back there. Our team has a great history there and also at Long Beach, which is also a 100-minute, street-course race. It’s the type of event that caters to our team. You have to come in with good preparation, as there is not much practice time, and then you have to execute on all levels to have a good result. Since it is such a compact weekend, any little mistake or weakness shows up.”

It was a struggle to find speed on the natural road course at Mid-Ohio. Are you expecting things to be better on the street circuit this weekend? Any parts of the track that are particularly suited to the car?

“I think we’ll be back to where we want to be in Detroit. We knew Mid-Ohio was going to be a struggle, just like it was last year. Detroit is a track that suits our car a bit better and we have been doing a lot of homework to be stronger there than last year. We just have the GTD field there with us, so that’ll make the pace of the race a bit different to what we’ve had already this year.”

Thoughts about the championship? Despite the sixth-place finish at Mid-Ohio, you actually moved from fourth to third in the points, and that seems to bode well for the rest of the season.

“We’re still in a strong position in the championship, but we need to stay on top of the results, we need to get back to regularly being on the podium. We’re coming into the middle of the season where there are a lot of important races, so we need to make sure we’re ready to maximize the points when we can.”

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

Safe to say you’re feeling good about heading to a track where the team has had great success the last six years, or is last year’s fifth-place finish weighing more on your minds? Your overall thoughts heading into the weekend?

“I’m looking forward to Detroit. It’s a track where, in the past, I did well, myself, even before joining the Konica Minolta Cadillac team. I think last year we struggled a bit with the car but, I think coming back this year we know a lot more, we have a lot more information and have a better starting point. We hope everything works out the way we think it’s going to work out, and that means we should be competitive.”

It was a struggle to find speed on the natural road course at Mid-Ohio. Are you expecting things to be better on the street circuit this weekend? Any parts of the track that are particularly suited to the car?

“Looking back at Mid-Ohio, we struggled there a bit, but we also knew it wasn’t the greatest track in the world for our car. I think, with that said, it’s nice that it’s behind us and we head to Detroit, which is a GM track. The team has done great there in the past, I’ve done well, so it’ll be nice to get back. I like that track. It’s always cool to be on a street track. It’s always special. Let’s just work hard to do well there this weekend.”

Thoughts about the championship? Despite the sixth-place finish at Mid-Ohio, you actually moved from fourth to third in the points, and that seems to bode well for the rest of the season.

“I always look at the championship but you can’t race to it too much. At the end, you want to win races. Winning races is much more fun. With that comes the championship. Let’s first find out how to be the quickest car on the track and then we’ll take it from there towards being smart for the championship. It’s great that we’re third. We lost out on a few points so we’re not in first right now.”

 

WAYNE TAYLOR, owner, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:
Your overall thoughts as you head back to Detroit, one of your most successful tracks in team history?

“We absolutely love having the opportunity to race at Detroit, which is the home race for Cadillac and our longtime partner GM, and the results have pretty much proven that. Long Beach is a very important race for our partner Konica Minolta and we were absolutely ecstatic to be able to win there three times in a row for them after finishing second the first year (2013), when we announced our primary sponsorship with them there. Likewise, winning four times in the last six races at Detroit at the most important race for GM is huge for us. We would have liked to have four or five wins in a row there but things didn’t go our way that one year (2015), and last year. Everyone on the team is ready to get back to winning again this weekend. We need to go out and do what we know how to do and just make it happen, to find a way. Like always, our eyes are on the bigger prize of winning the championship, so earning maximum points each weekend is what we have to do from now until season’s end. We’re in a good position as far as that goes, so we just have to maximize every opportunity from this point forward.”

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team Report

Round 5 of 10 – Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix – Belle Isle

 

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

 

Event: One-hour, 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on the Streets of Belle Isle circuit in Detroit (2.36-mile, 13-turn street circuit).

 

Live Broadcast (race time 12:40 p.m. EDT Saturday)NBCSN – 12:30 p.m. Friday qualifying – 5:20 to 6 p.m. (DPi class at 5:45 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: Chad Hurst (Speedway, Ind.), Brett Knostman (Orange, Calif.), Michael Langston (Pearl, Miss.), Hali Money (Brownsburg, Ind.), Bill Mullen (Hamilton, Ohio), Chris Seaman (Hamburg, Pa.) Keith Stein (Highland, 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: Brett Knostman

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 five 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 Streets of Belle Isle circuit near downtown Detroit for Saturday’sChevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
  • Taylor, van der Zande and the team arrive at the 2.36-mile, 13-turn temporary circuiton the Detroit River third in the championship, seven points behind the front-runningNo. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr and three points behind the second-place No. 7 Team Penske entry of Helio Castronevesand Ricky Taylor after their sixth-place finish earlier this month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.
  • The No 10 team has won four of the last six Detroit events – back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, and back-to-back again in 2016 and 2017.
  • A year ago this weekend, Taylor and van der Zande co-drove their first Detroit race together and brought home a fifth-place finish from their seventh spot on the starting grid.
  • Two years ago this weekend, Ricky and Jordan Taylor won their fifth consecutive race en route to the 2017 driver and team championships, and for the fourth time in the previous five events contested on the Streets of Belle Isle circuit. It was a victory that seemed highly doubtful at the start as Ricky Taylor was forced to start from the back of the Prototype-class grid in 12th place after an accident in Friday qualifying brought out the red flag and ended the session. On race day, the elder Taylor brother was racing in the top-five before handing the car over to Jordan Taylor. Executing an alternate fuel strategy enabled the younger Taylor brother to take over the lead from Dane Cameron of the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with 16 laps to go and he pulled away for the win by a five-second margin. It was the team’s seventh win in its previous nine races on temporary street circuits, including three in a row on the streets of Long Beach, California from 2015 through 2017. Jordan Taylor and van der Zande finished third at Long Beach earlier this year.
  • Three years ago this weekend, the Taylor brothers scored their second victory of the 2016 season and third for the team in the previous four events at Belle Isle. They led a race-high 29 of 57 laps.
  • The team’s back-to-back victories at Belle Isle in 2013 and 2014 came first at the hands of Jordan Taylor and Max “The Ax” Angelelli, then with the Taylor brothers co-driving. In 2013, Jordan Taylor qualified on the pole and combined with Angelelli to lead a race-high 45 of 61 laps. In 2014, the Taylor brothers collaborated on a similarly dominating performance from the fifth starting position, leading 41 of 57 race laps. But it wasn’t decided until Ricky Taylor, who led every lap of his closing 54-minute stint, was side-slammed into the turn-four concrete barrier by Joao Barbosa of the No. 5 Action Express team, who then got by for the lead. Taylor was able to continue with his wounded racecar, retaking the lead in the next sequence of turns from Barbosa, who ended up cutting a tire in the side-slamming incident. Taylor then held off the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entryof Richard Westbrook down the long backstraight and the final five turns and was able to stay ahead of his 2013 teammate and take the checkered flag by .207 of a second.
  • The first Detroit winning streak came to an end in 2015 when a late-race penalty for contact deemed avoidable while running second relegated the Taylor brothers to a disappointing sixth-place finish. That sixth-place result at Detroit also ended for Jordan Taylor a personal three-race winning streak at Belle Isle after he co-drove the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R with Paul Edwards to the GT-class at victory in 2012.
  • 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.
  • In 2017, van der Zande co-drove with Marc Goosens in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing entry that saw its Detroit race end on lap 18 laps after an accident. The previous two seasons, van der Zande scored back-to-back LMPC-class victories at Belle Islein the Starworks Motorsport entry, including third place overall with co-driver Alex Popow in 2016. He co-drove to the 2015 class win with Mirco Schultis.
  • Immediately after Saturday’s race, van der Zande will head to France for Sunday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day in the No. 10 Dragonspeed BR Engineering BR-1 LMP1 Prototype he’ll share with Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman in the June 15-16 endurance marathon.

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

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