2013 GRAND-AM ROLEX SERIES DAYTONA PROTOTYPES
onservative. Slightly lacking in pace.
Questionable reliability. Wayne Taylor
Racing’s Daytona Prototype program
suffered from all three of these
performance-stifling problems at various
times leading up to the 2013 season.
The team’s Dallara DP had always been
fast, but only shone at certain tracks.
Creatively, the team wasn’t known for
throwing “Hail Mary” passes with its
strategy, nor did the car (which became a
Corvette DP when a new body was installed
in 2012) have a rock-solid finishing record.
When the clock rolled over to 2013,
however, WTR finally rewrote the script.
It went something like: More daring on
the timing stand. Rocket-fast everywhere.
Bullet-proof reliability. That script, for those
who’ve followed Grand-Am’s Daytona
Prototype category, looked and felt an
awful lot like the one Chip Ganassi Racing
has used to dominate the series for many
years, and it was far from a coincidence.
According to Taylor, pushing through
the Corvette DP growing pains of 2012
allowed the team to play Ganassi at its
own highly-successful game. Come
season’s end, the final DP title was theirs,
with Taylor’s son Jordan and business
partner Max Angelelli behind the wheel of
the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide entry.
“If you go back to 2012, it was the first
& JORDAN TAYLOR
2013 GRAND-AM ROLEX SERIES
DAYTONA PROTOTYPE CHAMPIONS
WORDS Marshall Pruett
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