Team building


Cape Motorsports Partners with Wayne Taylor Racing to field Yacaman

By staff Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Colombian Gustavo Yacamán will return to Firestone Indy Lights in 2010 through a partnership between two successful racing organizations.

Cape Motorsports has joined with Wayne Taylor Racing to field a first-year entry in the series for the 18-year-old Yacamán who recorded a pair of top-five finishes in his rookie season in 2009.

Three-time sports car champion Taylor is an accomplished driver, having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 At Daytona (twice) and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Having retired from full-time racing, he now focuses on running his successful racing organization and will serve as a mentor to Yacamán.

“It’s been a long and careful selection, and we decided to take our time,” Yacamán said. “For the first time we found a team with objectives 100 percent similar to ours. Wayne Taylor has known me since I participated in the Stars of Karting, and he has followed my career over the years noting my successes, but also being there for the bad times.”

Cape Motorsports’ co-owner Dominic Cape will be responsible for assuming the task of chief engineer for the team. Working with his brother and co-owner Nicholas, Cape Motorsports have won multiple championships in the USF2000, IMSA Lites and Cooper Tires Series and worked with drivers such as Ricky Taylor, Dane Cameron, J.R. Hildebrand, Jay Howard, Wade Cunningham and Kasey Kahne.

In 2007, the brothers engineered Andersen Racing’s Firestone Indy Lights program, winning a race with  Hildebrand. The Capes also have experience in the GRAND AM Rolex Sports Car Series in the top-tier Daytona Prototype class.

Support for the program will come from Indianapolis-based Wayne Taylor Racing which is led by motorsports veteran Simon Hodgson. Hodgson, who joined the team in 2007, has a vast experience in open-wheel racing, including working with Formula 1 teams like Lotus, McLaren on a sports car project, as well as with Target Chip Ganassi Racing as team manager. In his role as team manager, Hodgson won championships with racing greats Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya.

“I trust in the complete design of this new team, the experience of Dominic (Cape), Nicholas (Cape) and Simon (Hodgson),” Yacaman said. “Wayne is definitely something I needed in my career. There are so many factors that can lead you to results, and I look forward to approaching the season in a more mature manner, which will lead to better results for me, the team and my partners.”


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