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ROAR Before the 24

January 5, 2018
  • Jordan Taylor

    Jordan Taylor, the 26-year-old younger son of team owner Wayne Taylor, returns to the team for the sixth consecutive season in 2018 with new full-time co-driver Renger van der Zande after co-driving with his older brother Ricky to his second career Prototype-class championship. The 2017 championship season started with an incredible five consecutive victories as the Taylor brothers debuted the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Back-to-back career-first wins at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring were followed by another trio of wins – on the streets of Long Beach, California for the third year in a row, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the second year in a row, and on the Streets of Belle Isle circuit in downtown Detroit for the fourth time in the last five years. The Daytona win was with co-drivers veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli in his last career race and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. The Sebring win came with third driver Alex Lynn of Great Britain. Back-to-back podium finishes the second half of the season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California all but sealed the championship for the Taylor brothers even before the Petit Le Mans season finale at Road Atlanta. Taylor and his brother also enjoyed a stellar season in 2016 with victories at Long Beach, Belle Isle and the Circuit of the Americas en route to third place in the championship. They scored a pair of race wins each in 2014 and 2015, finishing second and fifth in the championship, respectively, those two seasons. Jordan Taylor’s first full season in Prototype-class competition in 2013 featured a series-high five victories, three poles and six podium finishes en route to the championship with Angelelli. He also 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. Taylor scored a second championship in 2017, driving a Cadillac ATS-V.R coupe to a Pirelli World Challenge title during the six-race SprintX portion of the schedule.

  • Renger van der Zande

    Dutch veteran Renger van der Zande joins fellow full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor for the first time in 2018 behind the wheel of the defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship-winning No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. The Amsterdam native co-drove with Belgian sportscar ace came to the team from the No. 90 VisitFlorida Racing Prototype-class entry he co-drove with veteran Marc Goossens to a signature win at September’s penultimate round at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, which came thanks to his dramatic pass for the lead during the closing moments of the race. The Dutch driver also co-drove to a solid podium finish at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2017. Van der Zande has been a recent fixture on the IMSA WeatherTech circuit, scoring nine race wins, 18 podium finishes  and the 2016 championship for the LMPC-class Starworks Motorsport team during a three-year run that begin in 2014. Prior to his arrival on the North American scene in 2013, he had driven in virtually every major racing series worldwide, including Formula Renault, A1GP, GP2, German Touring Car, World Endurance Championship, Porsche SuperCup, and the Blancpain Endurance Series. His career began to take shape when he won the 2005 Formula Renault 2.0 championship in his native country.