DAYTONA BEACH — The fallout from the Meyer Shank drama has altered the roster for this week’s Rolex 24 test at Daytona.
Or maybe it’s just coincidence.
Whatever, Honda’s two-car Acura effort in the marquee GTP class now sits under one umbrella: Wayne Taylor Racing.
“I think it’ll be a good thing once everything settles in,” says one of the team owner’s two racing sons, Jordan Taylor, who will help pilot the No. 40 prototype, while brother Ricky is part of the driving lineup in the No. 10 sister car.
Jordan Taylor, who spent the past four seasons racing for Corvette in IMSA’s GT classes, returns to prototypes and his father’s team for 2024 — his official homecoming will be January’s back-to-back weekends of Rolex 24 testing and the following week’s twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
Jordan Taylor will be paired next season with Louis Deletraz, while Ricky Taylor will again partner with Filipe Albuquerque. Co-drivers for the Rolex 24 will be 2022 Indy 500 champ Marcus Ericsson, Colton Herta and former Formula One world champ Jenson Button.
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🇬🇧 Tom Blomqvist will move across from Meyer Shank Racing's GTP team to their IndyCar programme for 2024
🇧🇷 Helio Castroneves, who is now a minority owner in the team, will target a 5th Indy 500 win with them in 2024
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Not long after Taylor Racing announced plans for a second 2024 IMSA prototype entry, Meyer Shank Racing announced a “pause” in its sports-car efforts. Though no link has been mentioned, the team steps away from IMSA after winning the 2023 Rolex 24 and, a few weeks later, receiving heavy penalties after Honda self-reported the manipulation of tire data during the Rolex.
Meyer Shank continues its growing IndyCar program, fielding entries in 2024 for Tom Blomqvist and Felix Rosenqvist, as well as a third entry for Helio Castroneves in the Indy 500.
This week at Daytona, Jordan Taylor says it’s not just about setting some baselines with the equipment, but it’s almost quite literally a dress rehearsal of sorts.
“Right now, it’s a lot of preparation work,” he says. “This test is definitely more laid back. This is about getting all the personnel in line, figuring out how we’re gonna do meetings, debriefs, silly little things that you don’t want to be dealing with when you come back in January.”
Ironically, he says, adding a second car, for the first time in WTR history, has led to a calmer team owner, at least so far.
“He’s shockingly less stressed, which is nice,” Jordan said of dad Wayne. “He’s working on the management side, getting everything in line. He has a little less say on the tiny little things, where he used to be always nit-picking things.
“Now he can enjoy things a little bit more. He’s a different guy.”
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Rolex 24 test, Daytona: Jordan Taylor 'comes home,' Meyer Shank absent