Wayne Taylor Racing has won a second straight Rolex 24 At Daytona in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi with drivers Kamui Kobayashi, Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon.
WTR has been a ‘family team’ for many years, with championship winning driver (turned car owner) Wayne bringing his two sons Jordan and Ricky on board several years ago. The brothers matured, became better drivers, and in 2017 won not only Daytona, but the IMSA championship.
In 2019 Ricky Taylor left the team to become a driver for Team Penske, and in 2020 his brother Jordan got a factory ride with Corvette Racing. The nest was now empty.
The fact that his sons are top-tier drivers with two factory teams didn’t stop the mixed emotions from overcoming father Wayne Taylor, the father, when he arrived in Daytona weeks ago.
“When I went to the Roar Before The 24, it was really weird. I didn’t think about it, but the moment I arrived at the track I had this really empty feeling in my stomach. And it was really uncomfortable. And I started thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ But it didn’t take long. And as soon as first practice started, it was as if nothing had changed. We just had changed the names of drivers. So I’m just happy for them that they’ve proved themselves well enough that they both have warranted these really big drives.”
“Our team has always been a family team, but the family is not just Ricky and Jordan…there is a very big family dynamic in our organization.”