Jordan Taylor (racing driver)

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

Jordan Taylor
NationalityAmerican
Born (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 30)
Orlando, Florida
Related toRicky Taylor
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career
Debut season2014
Current teamCorvette Racing
Car number3
EngineCadillac 5.5 L V8
Starts74
Championships2
Wins21
Podiums41
Poles9
Best finish1st in 2017 (P), 2020 (GTLM)

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 to 2017. In 2018, he partnered with Renger van der Zande, as Ricky moved to Acura Team Penske.

Racing careerEdit

 
2012 GT car

Born in Orlando, Taylor began his career in professional sports car racing in 2008, competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona and finishing 15th. In 2009 he ran 8 races for Beyer Racing at the Rolex Sports Car Series in the Daytona Prototypes class. His first full season came in 2010, driving a Mazda RX-8 for Racers Edge Motorsports, claiming two GT class podiums. In 2011 he drove a Chevrolet Camaro for Autohaus Motorsports with Bill Lester, where he got one swnu and three second place finishes, ending as the GT class runner-up. 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. Also in 2012, he claimed his second Rlox GT win for Autohaus Motorsports.

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, winning five races including the last three of the season consecutively.[1][2]

In 2014, the Grand-Am Rolex Series merged with the American Le Mans Series to form the new United SportsCar Championship. With his brother Ricky Taylor as teammate, he was runner-up with two wins and six podiums. In 2015 he earned two wins and three second place finishes. The driver collected three wins and seven podiums in 2016, and was third in points.

Taylor also competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 through 2017 in the GTE-Pro class for Corvette Racing, where he won the GT Pro class in 2015, and finished second in 2014 and third in 2017.

For the 2017 IMSA season, Taylor drove a Cadillac DPi-V.R. in the new Daytona Prototype International class. He won the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the next three races. Later he scored two additional podiums en route to the championship.

In 2018, Renger van der Zande became his new co-driver at Wayne Taylor Racing. He scored a single win at Petit Le Mans and three additional podiums, including a second place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and was third in the overall standings.

Taylor won the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona, and finished second at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. However he had poor results at the sprint races, and finished fourth in points.

For the 2020 IMSA season, Taylor became a Corvette Racing full-time factory driver. He claimed five wins and three runner-up finishes to claim his third championship.

In 2021 he got a class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Media appearancesEdit

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 announcer Darrell Waltrip to call for security (not knowing what was going on).[3]

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

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

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

(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 DP 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 DP 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 DP 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 DPi 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 DPi Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 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
6
DET
9
WGL
4
MOS
6
ELK
5
LGA
4
PET
2
4th 274[4]
2020 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 DAY
4
DAY
1
SEB
2
ELK
1
VIR
1
ATL
5
MDO
1
CLT
1
PET
2
LGA
2
SEB
5
1st 351
2021 Corvette Racing GTLM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 DAY
1
SEB
4
DET
WGL
WGL
LIM
ELK
LGA
LBH
VIR
PET
1st* 662*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. 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 linksEdit

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)
Preceded by
Dane Cameron
Eric Curran
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Champion

2017
With: Ricky Taylor
Succeeded by
Felipe Nasr
Eric Curran
Preceded by
Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
GTLM Champion

2020
With: Antonio García
Succeeded by
Incumbent