Wayne Taylor Racing Just Unveiled Their 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R… And It’s Jaw Dropping
All set to compete in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R was unveiled by Wayne Taylor Racing on Monday.
The public will get their first glimpse of the amazing machine later this week at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. The Cadillac has been undergoing some serious test runs at a variety of locations including Watkins Glen International in New York, Charlotte Motor Speedway road tracks in North Carolina, Putnam Park outside Indianapolis and NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Early in the New Year it will be back to the infamous Daytona for what is know as the annual Roar which precedes the 24 Test Days.
Its debut race will be at Daytona for the 2017 Rolex 24. Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor will be driving with Max Angelelli and Jeff Gordon as co-drivers. Team owner, Wayne Taylor had the following to say: “I am most excited to be back with Cadillac after campaigning the company’s Le Mans Prototypes from 2000 to 2002, and I feel like there’s some unfinished business there…”
He went on to say “This new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R is a truly spectacular Cadillac racecar built by Dallara, and I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen so far on the track.” Jeff Gordon, who competed in the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona said: “It was great to get back behind the wheel of a car that had that kind of downforce and braking.” The four-time NASCAR champion added: “It’s probably been since I drove the Formula One car at Indianapolis in 2003 that I felt anything like that. The Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R is a beautiful car.”
“We made quite a few laps to just get prepared for the upcoming Daytona test, so I’m really looking forward to that test. It’s been a while since I’ve been on that road course and obviously the cars and the technology and the speed have advanced since then. I can’t wait to get out there on track and feel it out and get up to speed.” Brother Rickey explained how new and different the car is from anything he has driven in the past.
“Even in comparison to driving the Morgan LMP2 at Le Mans a few years ago, this car is light years ahead. The car generates downforce in a completely different way and gives the driver a lot of confidence in high-speed corners.” Said Ricky. Clearly everyone involved is very excited about the new car and impressed with the tests that have been done. There is a lot of anticipation and we eagerly await the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona takes happens on January. 28-29.