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January 5, 2018
Ricky Taylor Moves To Team Penske in 2018
Ricky Taylor Moves To Team Penske in 2018
It was announced today that 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will move to Acura Team Penske next season. Taylor will be paired alongside Helio Castroneves. In August, Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya were announced as the first driver pairing for the team’s two-car team. IndyCar racers Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal will assist at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

BROWNSBURG, Indiana (Oct. 11, 2017) – It was announced today that 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will move to Acura Team Penske next season. Taylor will be paired alongside Helio Castroneves. In August, Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya were announced as the first driver pairing for the team’s two-car team. IndyCar racers Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal will assist at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

 

RICKY TAYLOR – “I can't lie. Nobody could have taken me away from driving with my brother and everything that my dad had built there besides an opportunity like this with Team Penske coming back to sports car racing, and Acura, after their great season in GT this year with the NSX.  There's so many big factors that it doesn't look like it's just a flash-in-the-pan sort of deal.  It seems like it's something that is really exciting.  The series is growing. It was a hard decision after such a good year and so much momentum was built over there, but I think this is a new challenge and an amazing opportunity.  I'm excited to take it.  Although I think Jordan and my dad would have said I was stupid not to. Coming over here was a decision I'm really excited about.”

 

WAYNE TAYLOR – “No matter which way I look at it, professional and personally, it is a father’s dream to have his son called upon by Roger Penske. I’m incredibly proud of Ricky and excited for him, and I think, honestly, the entire team has been supportive of this move, as well as everyone at General Motors and Cadillac. I’ve still got Jordan, and he knows how to win championships. I think the replacement we’re working with at the moment is of that caliber. We need to sort everything out before we make any official announcement. We want to thank Konica Minolta, especially (company president) Rick Taylor, who’s been so pro my team and my kids. He mentioned he was up at 4 a.m. yesterday reading all the transcripts from the banquet the other night and became quite emotional about it as well. That’s the kind of relationship we have with Konica Minolta and all of our partners. They’ve made all of this possible, and now I owe them another championship next year. It’ll be different but it’s going to be great.”

 

JORDAN TAYLOR – “The last four years have been great with Ricky. We won lots of races together, including all the big ones – the Rolex 24, Sebring, Petit Le Mans – and now the championship. We couldn’t have asked for any more than that as far as accomplishments together, really. For Ricky, having the chance to go to Penske is a huge opportunity for him. As a brother, I couldn’t be more proud of him. As a teammate, it makes me sad. But it’s just an unbelievable opportunity to drive for Roger Penske. We’ll just have to look forward to racing against him, now. Moving forward, anyone who knows this series and our team, they know we have a tremendous opportunity for a world-class driver to step in and help us continue to try and win championships and big races.”