Wayne Taylor


Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor (born 15 July 1956 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa) is a South African sports car racer. He won the 1996 and 2005 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 2005 Rolex Series. He co-drives for SunTrust Racing with Max Angelelli. He co-drove in the 2006 International Race of Champions in the United States with Angelelli.

Racing career

He won the 1986 South African Driver's Championship. In 1987 he finished fourth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He moved to the FIA World Sportscar Championship. He competed in the C2 class in 1988, and moved to the C1 class in 1989. He also competed in the IMSA GT Camel series in 1989, 1990, and 1991. He moved to IMSA's Camel Lights series in 1992, and the Camel GTP series in 1993.

He won the World SportsCar Championship in 1994, with second place finishes in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

He won the World SportsCar Championship in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. In 1998 he won the Petit Le Mans and the prototype class in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

He competed in the American Le Mans Series in 1999. He served various racing-related capacities between 2000 and 2004.

With Angelelli, he was co-champion in the Daytona Prototype category of the 2005 Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Sports Car Series, and the pair also took the overall win in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

In 2006, Wayne and his Grand-Am teammate, Max Angelelli made IROC Series history becoming the first tandem of drivers to compete in one car during an IROC season. They each raced two races and points were combined for their tally as they are in the sportscar series.

In mid 2006, Taylor announced a split with car builder Bill Riley and formed Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2007 season with continued backing from SunTrust, and Angelelli as co-driver. The team is based in Indianapolis. Early in 07', Taylor stepped away from full time driving and used a host of fill in drivers before naming Michael Valiante to team up with Angelelli full time in 08'. Taylor continues to drive in the long distance events. The team continued to field Riley Chassis in 07' before switching to the new Dallara chassis after the 08' 24 Hours of Daytona. In May 08',the team's transporter caught fire and destroyed it,the new Dallara and all of their equipment. The team fielded their old Riley with borrowed equipment until a new Dallara could be built and shipped to the US. On August 23, the team scored their first win of the year and the first for Dallara in Grand AM at Infinion Raceway California.

References

* [http://www.suntrustracing.com/inThePit/wayne.asp Racing profile]


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