Family that races together finishes second at Rolex 24

Updated 35 weeks ago From NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The feel-good story of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona fell short of reaching the next level Sunday, but there was ample consolation to go around. The Taylor Family trio – plus Max Angelelli – produced an admirable second-place finish driving the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP in the inaugural race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Angelelli drove the final stint and finished 1.461 seconds behind the Joao Barbosa, who brought the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP home in first place.

“The most painful time of the race was the last four laps,” Angelelli said. “I tried everything.”

Two-time (1996 and ’05) Rolex 24 winner and team owner Wayne Taylor came out of retirement for this one, joining his sons Jordan and Ricky and longtime team member Angelelli. Leading up the race, the elder Taylor openly talked about how, at the age of 57, his best days are long past. He also joked how his sons were enjoying reminding him of that fact.

Enjoyment – that was perhaps the No. 10 team’s mantra through this season-opening event. A victory, while certainly a possibility, would’ve almost been a bonus considering the personal nature of this 24-hour journey.

“First, I'd like to just say that it was a heck of a race and an incredible weekend, an emotional weekend,” Wayne Taylor said. “To be in a situation to have my kids – and Max is like my oldest kid – to be together … we've been around each other for the last 20 years.

“And everybody at Chevrolet invested so much in this program, when the Corvette DP program first started some two years ago …  this win was for them.  Obviously I wanted to be the team that did it first. I'm still really happy to have had this experience and to have had everybody support it so much.  It was just a great weekend.”

But not, Taylor added, great enough for him to consider a permanent “unretirement.”

“To be honest, I didn't really want to do this,” said Taylor, a South African native who now makes his home in Apopka, Fla near Orlando. “I didn't want to make an idiot of myself.  If you drive race cars all your life you always want to be the quickest guy, and now suddenly I'm coming in being the slowest guy, so slow that I'm questioning should I be on the track or not.  But actually it worked out to be really good. They put me in the car [for my one stint] at a good time and I had a lot of fun.

“But I could never bring this moment back, and to try and make this another moment, it reminds me of a lot of racing drivers that just hang on and hang on and hang on and don't stop when they're getting slower, and for me this moment came, and it's here, and I could never make this happen again.”

 


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