Ricky Taylor is the 27-year-old elder son of team owner Wayne Taylor, who returns to the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team as full-time co-driver for his seventh career season and fourth in a row alongside his younger brother Jordan. He opened the 2017 winning his first career Rolex 24 At Daytona alongside his brother, veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. IN 2016, he co-drove to three victories after a pair of victories each in 2014 and 2015 en route to third place, second and fifth, respectively, in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver and team standings. He also drove the final five FIA WEC races of the season with the French Larbre Competition Corvette C7-Z06 team, finishing on the podium at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and in the top-five at Shanghai and Bahrain. Taylor’s 2014 IMSA victories came on the Streets of Belle Isle circuit in downtown Detroit for the team’s second win in a row at the Chevrolet-sponsored event, and in dominating fashion alongside Angelelli at the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The 2015 victories came at both races Taylor earned pole positions – in dominating fashion once again on the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix street circuit, and at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. His qualifying performance in 2015 earned Taylor that season’s TOTAL Pole Award. The 2016 victories came for the second year in a row at Long Beach, and for the second time in three years at Detroit, as well as for the first time at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Taylor co-drove to seven wins and 10 pole positions alongside Angelelli in the No. 10 WTR entry from 2010 through 2012. In 2011, he secured a near-history-making six consecutive pole positions – one shy of the series record set by Jon Fogarty in 2007. Taylor co-drove the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP with Richard Westbrook during the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season. Taylor also was selected to join his brother in the two-car factory Corvette C6.R ZR1 lineup at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. Taylor will be back with the French Larbre Competition Corvette team for this year’s Le Mans endurance marathon.
Jordan Taylor, the 25-year-old younger son of team owner Wayne Taylor, opened his fourth season with the team by co-driving with his older brother Ricky in the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the first time, joined by co-drivers Max “The Ax” Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. His 2016 season was a stellar one in which he and his brother scored victories on the streets of Long Beach, California and the Belle Isle circuit in Detroit, as well as at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas en route to third place in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. His first season with the team was a banner effort in 2013 during which he co-drove with Angelelli to the final GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship. Taylor scored a pair of IMSA race wins each in 2014 and 2015 and finished second and fifth in the championship, respectively, those two seasons. The Taylor brothers scored their 2014 victories at Detroit in June and at the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October, the latter alongside third driver Angelelli. The 2015 victories came at Long Beach and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Taylor’s first full season in Prototype-class competition in 2013 featured a series-high five victories, three poles and six podiums en route to the championship with Angelelli. He also has co-drove the factory Chevrolet Corvette C6.R ZR1 to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2015 after a runner-up finish in 2014. He will again join the factory Corvette team at this year’s Le Mans enduro.
The newest member of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team is Alex Lynn, the 23-year-old from Great Britain who steps in as third driver for veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli, who retired from the cockpit following January’s thrilling victory alongside the Taylor brothers and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon in the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Lynn completed his second season in 2016 with the French DAMS team in the GP2 Series – the recognized stepping stone to Formula One – and is also a development driver for the renowned Williams Martini Racing F1 team. In 43 GP2 starts the past two seasons, Lynn recorded five race wins, two pole positions and three fastest race laps, and finished sixth in the final point standings both years.
Lynn began his single-seater career in Formula Renault UK, dominating the 2011 championship with a record 12 wins in 20 starts. He was subsequently named British Club Driver of the Year at the 2011 Autosport Awards. He moved up to British F3 the following year and finished fourth before progressing to the prestigious FIA European F3 Championship in 2013, claiming third in the standings as the highest finishing rookie. He ended the season with a dominant victory in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix. In 2014, Lynn wrapped up the GP3 title with a record points margin and became the first Englishman to claim the title before moving up to GP2 in 2015 and 2016.
While the bulk of his career has been spent in open-wheel cars, he is certainly no stranger to prototypes, having contested the Japan, Shanghai and Bahrain rounds of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship with the Manor Racing LMP2 team, scoring fastest race laps, lap records, pole positions and fastest stint averages along the way. He also co-drove to a second-place finish in the United Autosports LMP3 entry at December’s Gulf 12-Hour race in Abu Dhabi, qualifying on the pole and recording the fastest stint average.