2013 GRAND-AM ROLEX SERIES DAYTONA PROTOTYPES
the championship, and that was a big
turn of fortune for us over past years.
“Overall, everything just came together.
The car was well-developed and we had a
very, very motivated team. No mistakes
were made in pit lane. Max led the charge
and then Jordan stepped up to prove he was
capable of leading, too. It was one of those
years where it started right and got better,
and it felt good to go out there and perform
like we’ve known we were capable of for so
long. That’s what it seems like the other
teams enjoy during their DP championships.”
Ganassi team manager Tim Keene kept
an eye on the progress of WTR through
the year, and definitely noted parallels
between their respective programs.
“Before this year, it was hit and miss
for them sometimes,” he notes. “But they
It wasn’t quite “win or bust,” but the
2013 Grand-Am DP drivers’ title earned by
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor certainly
had a whiff of that. Five wins anchored their
campaign – but aside from a second-place
at the season-opening Rolex 24, the duo
didn’t take another podium all season.
ALL OR NOTHING
With four Grand-Am DP drivers’ titles in the five seasons before 2013, including three straight from 2010-’ 12, Ganassi’s Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas are
a sports car dynasty. Winning the final DP title was sweet enough for Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor, but dethroning the kings to do it was added luster.
ANATOMY OF A CHAMPIONSHIP
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“There wasn’t one race
we went into thinking it
couldn’t be won. We raced
with confidence this year”
year of the Corvette bodywork, which
happened very late for us,” says Taylor.
“Quite honestly, at the start of the season we
had serious issues with the car. But toward
the end of the year we started getting our
heads around it and won the last race.
Coming into this year, our engineers did an
amazing job: There wasn’t one race we went
into thinking it couldn’t be won. In 2012,
we’d have gone in thinking we had a
third- or fourth-place car. We raced with
confidence this year, and that allowed us
to stray from the norm if it suited us.”
Working tirelessly with its partners from
GM, Pratt & Miller and Dallara certainly
honed WTR’s hardware into a consistent
threat for victory, but it was a late-season
change of philosophy that provided the
final impetus to seal the deal.
“At the end of the year, we changed
driver rotation around and we won the
final three races with Jordan closing,”
says Taylor. “We did wobble a little in the
middle of the year, but the goal was the
championship, obviously. Anytime you
come out of the Daytona 24 Hour with
points on the board, you have a shot at
(FAR LEFT) The No. 10 heads to its first of five wins,
at Barber. (LEFT) Wayne Taylor rocks out with son
Jordan and Max Angelelli at Kansas. (ABOVE) A win
in Detroit was sweet for the Chevy-powered team.