The winning drivers of January’s IMSA Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and last weekend’s IMSA Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor – will be racing here at Lime Rock Park in the USAC Pirelli World Challenge series, the opening event of Lime Rock’s 2017 season, Memorial Day weekend May 26-27.
Ricky (top) & Jordan Taylor (bottom) are SprintX-ing with the Cadillac PWC team on Memorial Day weekend
The Bros. Taylor, sons of prototype and GT racing icon Wayne Taylor, are longtime General Motors stalwarts, even at the tender ages of 28 (Ricky) and 26 (Jordan). They race the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype for their father’s team, Wayne Taylor Racing, in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
At Lime Rock, the Taylor Boys have been contracted to join Cadillac V-Performance Racing drivers Johnny O'Connell and Michael Cooper in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT races. O'Connell and Cooper drive the #3 and #8 Cadillac ATS-V.R, respectively.
New for 2017, the two Lime Rock PWC GT races will be the SprintX 60-minute format: Two drivers per car, with a mandatory driver and tire change at 25 minutes.
O'Connell's PWC #3 Cadillac ATS-V.R
The Cadillac driver pairings haven’t been finalized, but word on the street is that Jordan will be O’Connell’s co-driver, and Ricky will be with Cooper.
Cooper's PWC #8 Cadillac ATS-V.R"I'm really looking forward to the PWC season," O'Connell, 55, said. "We had one bad weekend last year that really cost us, and I've been training hard all winter looking for some redemption. Ricky and Jordan are doing a great job proving themselves on the world stage, especially with these great Daytona and Sebring wins. I am very much looking forward to working with them this season in the SprintX races.”
“All of the Cadillac fans should be as excited as I am to have Jordan and Ricky with us for the SprintX races this year,” Cooper, 27, said. “Jordan has tested with us numerous times the last few years, so I'm sure they'll slot right in and make their presence known. They are a perfect fit for Cadillac Racing's SprintX program.”
“I am extremely excited to share the ATS-V.R with the guys,” Ricky Taylor said. “I have always been a huge fan of the ATS-V.R program and of Johnny and Michael, so getting a chance to contribute to the team and hopefully another championship is a great opportunity. Lime Rock is an extra special one for me as I have won there three times and it was my first professional win while driving with Max Angelelli.”
"I'm really looking forward to getting back in the Cadillac ATS-V.R," Jordan Taylor said. “It's been a few years since I've been to Lime Rock. It’s a track that I’ve always enjoyed... a true, old school American road course. The layout is very enjoyable for a driver and presents a big challenge for the engineers.”
In last year’s two “regular” PWC GT races at Lime Rock, O’Connell had a third and a 17th, while Cooper finished eighth and 14th.
Purchase general admission tickets at a discounted pre-event price now at limerock.com. Mohegan Sun Fan Hospitality and Personal Cabana passes are available, too. GA tickets are $23 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, and $60 for Fri./Sat./Sun. (the Sunday Royals Car Show) weekend.
Fan Note 1: For all Lime Rock Race Weekends, veterans and active military are free; youths 16 and under w/adult free; parking free; paddock access free
Fan Note 2: For Memorial Day weekend, immediate family of vets and active military also free.