Jordan Taylor: No. 10 Felt Comfortable

Aug. 4, 2010
Jordan Taylor (center) and Max Angelelli (left) speak with SunTrust Racing crew chief Simon Hodgson at Putnam Park.

Jordan Taylor competes in the Rolex Series GT class, driving the No. 30 Mazda RX-8 for Racers Edge Motorsports. This is his regular blog on GRAND-AM.com.

Throughout the past few years I have driven with a few different teams, driving a variety of cars. But since the start of my racing career, I have never actually driven one of my dad’s cars, a car prepared by Wayne Taylor Racing. I had always wondered why I hadn’t, and I wondered when the day would come, or if it would. Monday was that day, the day I drove my dad’s No. 10 SunTrust Ford/Dallara at Putnam Park.

We had been planning the day for a few months. I would get to drive the SunTrust Racing car, and my dad would get to finally drive his 2002 Cadillac LMP car. The Cadillac had been sitting in our garage at home for about three years, and then it went up to the Wayne Taylor Racing shop in Indianapolis to get prepared to get back on track.

The week started early. I went to Autobahn County Club on Wednesday to help out the Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing team and their USF2000 team. We had our regular driver, Patrick McKenna, and two new drivers, Martin Scuncio and Javier Barrales. Patrick was second in the driver’s championship, so we were hoping for a strong weekend.

Patrick had two podiums, a second and a third, while Martin had engine problems in the first race, but in the second race went from eighth to fifth. Javier is pretty new to open-wheel racing, but throughout the week he improved almost every session. It was a good weekend overall, as Patrick retained his position in the standings and the team moved to second in the team championship.

I arrived at Putnam Park on Monday morning, and I was pretty nervous about getting into the car. We had a quick morning debrief, where I was told this was the car that was going straight to Watkins Glen for the race this weekend, with the race engine in it. In short, don’t make any mistakes, and don’t hurt the car. I must say, it definitely raised the intensity level!

Max did the first few laps to make sure the car was all good. My first few laps were pretty daunting; I just didn’t feel comfortable with the car, mostly because of myself. Max just told me that it was normal for the first few laps in this type of car, and as the day would go on, I would just get more and more comfortable. And he was right. From then on, every session felt better, I was able to feel the car much better, and I felt comfortable with sliding around.

All the guys on the team were great and were really nice to work with, and all offering to help out if I needed anything. I was able to get data overlays comparing myself with Max and to see how I was progressing through the day, which really helped me improve. I must say, Max is pretty beastly in the DP!

Heading to Watkins Glen this weekend for the sprint race on the short course, I will be back with Dave Lacey in the No. 30 Racers Edge Mazda. We were quite strong there back at the six-hour weekend, qualifying on the front row and being the first Mazda. Although the race didn’t go our way, it was a great experience. During the last stint I was in the car, a lap down, I restarted second in line in the GT class, right behind Andy Lally. For the final 30 to 45 minutes, Lally and I pulled a pretty big gap on the rest of the field. It was pretty cool running with Lally at the end of the race. Although it wasn’t for position, I definitely learned how hard you need to push at the end of the race.

Hopefully this Watkins Glen event will go a little better. I’m sure Dave, the team and I will have a strong effort!

source Jordan Taylor: No. 10 Felt Comfortable

Aug. 4, 2010

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Jordan Taylor (center) and Max Angelelli (left) speak with SunTrust Racing crew chief Simon Hodgson at Putnam Park.

Jordan Taylor competes in the Rolex Series GT class, driving the No. 30 Mazda RX-8 for Racers Edge Motorsports. This is his regular blog on GRAND-AM.com.

Throughout the past few years I have driven with a few different teams, driving a variety of cars. But since the start of my racing career, I have never actually driven one of my dad’s cars, a car prepared by Wayne Taylor Racing. I had always wondered why I hadn’t, and I wondered when the day would come, or if it would. Monday was that day, the day I drove my dad’s No. 10 SunTrust Ford/Dallara at Putnam Park.

We had been planning the day for a few months. I would get to drive the SunTrust Racing car, and my dad would get to finally drive his 2002 Cadillac LMP car. The Cadillac had been sitting in our garage at home for about three years, and then it went up to the Wayne Taylor Racing shop in Indianapolis to get prepared to get back on track.

The week started early. I went to Autobahn County Club on Wednesday to help out the Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing team and their USF2000 team. We had our regular driver, Patrick McKenna, and two new drivers, Martin Scuncio and Javier Barrales. Patrick was second in the driver’s championship, so we were hoping for a strong weekend.

Patrick had two podiums, a second and a third, while Martin had engine problems in the first race, but in the second race went from eighth to fifth. Javier is pretty new to open-wheel racing, but throughout the week he improved almost every session. It was a good weekend overall, as Patrick retained his position in the standings and the team moved to second in the team championship.

I arrived at Putnam Park on Monday morning, and I was pretty nervous about getting into the car. We had a quick morning debrief, where I was told this was the car that was going straight to Watkins Glen for the race this weekend, with the race engine in it. In short, don’t make any mistakes, and don’t hurt the car. I must say, it definitely raised the intensity level!

Max did the first few laps to make sure the car was all good. My first few laps were pretty daunting; I just didn’t feel comfortable with the car, mostly because of myself. Max just told me that it was normal for the first few laps in this type of car, and as the day would go on, I would just get more and more comfortable. And he was right. From then on, every session felt better, I was able to feel the car much better, and I felt comfortable with sliding around.

All the guys on the team were great and were really nice to work with, and all offering to help out if I needed anything. I was able to get data overlays comparing myself with Max and to see how I was progressing through the day, which really helped me improve. I must say, Max is pretty beastly in the DP!

Heading to Watkins Glen this weekend for the sprint race on the short course, I will be back with Dave Lacey in the No. 30 Racers Edge Mazda. We were quite strong there back at the six-hour weekend, qualifying on the front row and being the first Mazda. Although the race didn’t go our way, it was a great experience. During the last stint I was in the car, a lap down, I restarted second in line in the GT class, right behind Andy Lally. For the final 30 to 45 minutes, Lally and I pulled a pretty big gap on the rest of the field. It was pretty cool running with Lally at the end of the race. Although it wasn’t for position, I definitely learned how hard you need to push at the end of the race.

Hopefully this Watkins Glen event will go a little better. I’m sure Dave, the team and I will have a strong effort!

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