IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
because we are both very competitive,”
says Ricky. “That’s part of the reason we
didn’t become teammates until a few
Four years after they first teamed up,
there’s still no hint of any problems
bubbling beneath the surface.
“I’ve never seen it in them, and that’s
perhaps the biggest mystery to me – that
fact that there is none,” says Angelelli.
“First, they always read how the other
feels, and they react to that. That’s how
they are. They have good parents, for sure.
My own kids are opposite – I keep telling
them to learn from Ricky and Jordan, but
it’s a waste of time. Ha, Italians…”
Good chemistry among siblings is
never guaranteed, but Wayne and Shelly’s
upbringing all but ensured their sons
would find a natural, positive rhythm.
“I don’t know about how other brothers
interact as teammates, but I’d guess our
chemistry is very unique compared to any
others in sports car racing,” Ricky says.
“We both know that the other brother can
get the job done and we really trust one
another to do our best every weekend.
The dynamic is very different to other
teams because we’re not trying to beat
each other every weekend at all costs.
Working together and pushing each other
to go faster is very important and we
spend a lot of time looking over data and
getting better together, as opposed to
maybe holding back some competitive
advantages from one another, as seems
to happen in other teammate situations.”
Ricky also says the fact that they can’t
seem to escape each other has built a
“Jordan and I share a hotel room and
eat every meal together on race
weekends. After the weekend we fly home
together…and live close by. We’re able to
understand each other so well that the
communication at the track is very
natural and productive.”
Their similarities and differences aside,
the core mission for the Taylor brothers
– racing to win – left a lasting impression
on their star Rolex 24 teammate.
“What I was most impressed with was
watching their ability in the car,” Gordon
says. “I’ve been racing a long time and I had
a lot of fun driving this car, but watching
them do it with such ease, and do it where
they’re constantly pushing themselves in
the car to the limits, yet being totally in
control, was amazing. Usually, when
they’re young and aggressive, typically
you see young drivers make a lot of
mistakes. But I didn’t see these two make
one mistake the entire race.”
Gordon says the Taylor brothers,
despite being almost half his age, rose
to an unexpected and inspiring position
during their Rolex 24 journey together.
“They made me want to work harder
than I had in a long time and do everything
I could to be a factor,” he says. “The last
thing I wanted to do, seeing all they were
giving to the team, was to let them down.”
Two guys in their mid-20s inspiring a
legend like Jeff Gordon says much for
Ricky and Jordan Taylor – a couple of
class acts who know how to win.
(ABOVE) The Rolex
24 at Daytona was
the debut race for
DPi-V.R. WTR is one
of two teams, along
with Action Express,
racing the potent
Corvette Racing first drafted Jordan Taylor
into its 24 Hours of Le Mans lineup in 2012.
He took a GTE Pro class win in ’ 15, with
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (ABOVE).
LANDING THE BIG ONE