Jordan Taylor (racing driver)

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Jordan Taylor
NationalityAmerican
Born (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 27)
Orlando, Florida
Related toRicky Taylor
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career
Debut season2014
Current teamKonica Minolta Cadillac
Car no.10
EngineCadillac 5.5 L V8
Co-driverFernando Alonso
Kamui Kobayashi
Renger van der Zande
Former teamsWayne Taylor Racing
Starts54
Championships1
Wins15
Podiums32
Poles2
Best finish1st in 2017
Finished last season3rd

Jordan Taylor (born May 10, 1991) is an American professional racing driver. He currently competes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Wayne Taylor Racing. He won the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona (along with Jeff Gordon, Max Angelelli and brother Ricky) and the 2017 championship in the Prototype class of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Jordan also won the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes class and was 2014 United SportsCar Championship Prototypes class runner-up. Also Jordan won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro class in a Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

Jordan is the youngest son of sports car veteran Wayne Taylor. He raced a Cadillac Prototype for his father's team, where he partnered with his older brother, Ricky, from 2014-2017. In 2018, he partnered with Renger van der Zande, as Ricky moved to Acura Team Penske.

Racing career[edit]

Born in Orlando, Taylor began his career in professional sports car racing in 2008, competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona and finishing 15th. His first full season came in 2010. In late 2011 at a private test at Sebring Jordan Taylor impressed Corvette Racing enough that they recruited Jordan to fulfill the third driver role for the team in the 2012 season competing at Sebring, Petit Le Mans and also the 24 Hours of Le Mans where he finished in 5th place in the LM GTE PRO #73 Corvette C6.R. In 2013 he joined Wayne Taylor Racing, a team owned by his father, sports car veteran Wayne Taylor, co-driving with Max Angelelli. He and Angelelli teamed to win the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series' Daytona Prototype championship,[1] the final Grand American Road Racing Association championship before the merger of American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am,[2] winning five races including the last three of the season consecutively.[1] Previously, Taylor competed in the GT class, winning two races for Autohaus Motorsports. Taylor has also competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 through 2015 in the GTE-Pro class for Corvette Racing winning the LM GT PRO Class in 2015. For the 2017 IMSA season, Taylor drove the new Cadillac DPi-V.R. in the new Daytona Prototype International class.

Taylor is well-known for his quirky personality and his social media presence. He has an online alter ego known as Rodney Sandstorm, a parody of 1990s racers and Jeff Gordon, whose antics have drawn positive attention toward both Taylor and IMSA. In particular, during the 2018 Talladega broadcast, Taylor received significant media attention when he, as Rodney Sandstorm, crashed a live NASCAR on Fox broadcast, causing Darrell Waltrip to call for security (not knowing what was going on)[3].

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
326 23rd 5th
2013 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GTE
Pro
312 19th 4th
2014 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
338 14th 2nd
2015 United States Corvette Racing - GM United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
337 17th 1st
2016 United States Corvette Racing - GM United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
219 DNF DNF
2017 United States Corvette Racing - GM Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
340 19th 3rd

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key)(Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

Year Team Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Wayne Taylor Racing P Dallara Corvette Daytona Prototype Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
2
SEB
7
LBH
2
LGA
2
DET
1
WGL
5
MOS
3
IMS
4
ELK
10
COA
7
PET
1
2nd 330
2015 Wayne Taylor Racing P Dallara Corvette Daytona Prototype Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
16
SEB
2
LBH
1
LGA
2
DET
6
WGL
6
MOS
1
ELK
8
COA
2
PET
4
5th 292
2016 Wayne Taylor Racing P Dallara Corvette Daytona Prototype Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
2
SEB
12
LBH
1
LGA
6
DET
1
WGL
4
MOS
3
ELK
3
COA
1
PET
3
3rd 309
2017 Wayne Taylor Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 6.2 L V8 DAY
1
SEB
1
LBH
1
COA
1
DET
1
WGL
6
MOS
7
ELK
2
LGA
3
PET
9
1st 310
2018 Wayne Taylor Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 6.2 L V8 DAY
15
SEB
2
LBH
3
MDO
5
DET
5
WGL
5
MOS
2
ELK
4
LGA
12
PET
1
3rd 270
2019 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 DAY
1
SEB
2
LBH
10
MDO
DET
WGL
MOS
ELK
LGA
PET
4th* 88[4]*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli win Grand-Am finale, season title". Fox News. September 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  2. ^ Smith, Steven Cole (September 28, 2013). "Taylor Racing wins Lime Rock, Grand-Am championship". Autoweek. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  3. ^ https://jalopnik.com/reigning-imsa-champ-jordan-taylor-crashed-the-talladega-1825650526
  4. ^ https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com/standings/team%C2%A0

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Memo Rojas
Scott Pruett
Rolex Sports Car Series
Daytona Prototype Champion

2013
(with Max Angelelli)
Succeeded by
João Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
United SportsCar Championship Prototype
(post-merger)