New vehicle, new drivers, exact same goal for Wayne Taylor Racing

DAYTONA BEACH — Wayne Taylor Racing has grow to be a Rolex 24 juggernaut over the earlier 5 many years, profitable the prized 24-hour race in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

But this weekend’s a few-day take a look at session will never be a wander in the park for the 64-12 months-aged Taylor, or the four drivers of his No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura. 

“It’s going to be chaos,” he said. “We are essentially really fortunate you guys modified the Roar from the starting of January to the weekend ahead of the 24-hour race, because we would have hardly ever have been ready. The men have basically been doing the job 24/7 … they are definitely, really fatigued.”

More:Restricted crowds can count on a COVID-altered Roar, Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway

It was an offseason of adjust for the Taylor race staff, not only with the driver lineup, but with the motor vehicle. The staff will no longer wheel the Cadillac DPi this season  — the same car they parked in Victory Lane for all 3 Rolex wins  — instead switching to an Acura ARX-05.

The transfer, announced final fall, is relatively of a homecoming for Taylor, who drove an Acura in 1992. 

“This is the most difficult race to put together for,” reported Taylor, who won the Rolex 24 two times as a driver, in 1996 and 2005. “Not only is it constructing the autos (this 12 months), but we also have to learn the cars.”

Wayne Taylor Racing's No. 10 Acura was second-fastest in Friday's first practice.

So far, so superior. 

The No. 10 Acura was 2nd on the charts soon after Friday’s initially exercise, recording a rapidly lap of 1:35.697. Of study course, it would not damage that 3 of the four WTR motorists this year — Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi — come in with plenty of Acura practical experience.

Stars of the Rolex 24:Entry checklist for the Roar In advance of the Rolex reveals driving groups