Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor picked up their third straight win (and fifth of the season) in the season finale at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., in the process earning the 2013 DP Drivers’ Championship in their No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP). It was the fourth win in a row at Lime Rock Park for the two drivers.
Chevrolet enjoyed a great ending to the GRAND-AM Rolex Series season on Saturday.
“I’ve been coming to watch my dad all these years,” Jordan Taylor said, “and GRAND-AM was really the place that I kind of grew up and started to understand racing and understand that I wanted to be in the sport. First of all to win the final GRAND-AM season is pretty crazy just because it’s kind of where I grew up and watch Max (Angelelli) and my dad (Wayne Taylor) over the years and kind of grew up as a driver and made a career out of it.
“It’s a little special, but after the past few races it’s obviously come down to the team,” he continued. “Every single time we have won a race they have put us out in front. All Max or myself had to do was keep everyone behind us, and when you have track position it’s a lot easier. I think we have passed like two or three cars all year on track and everything else has been done in the pits. It’s definitely a team championship.”
Meanwhile, Eric Curran and Lawson Aschenbach drove their No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette GT.R to a win in the Grand Touring (GT)P class at Lime Rock.
“Congratulations to Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor and the entire No. 10 Corvette DP team on their win at Lime Rock Park today,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “While the season had its ups and downs, the team made adjustments and finished the season strong with the championship. It is extra special to see Wayne Taylor and his team win the championship in the final season of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. This will certainly give them momentum as they enter the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in 2014.”
The Daytona Prototype win was the eighth of the season for the Corvette DP and allowed Chevrolet to claim the 2014 DP Engine Manufacturers’ Championship.
Two other Corvette teams finished third (Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney) and fourth (Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa) in the final DP team standings.
In the GT division, the victory was the first of the season for Curran and Aschenbach. Regular driver Boris Said was unable to attend Saturday’s race, and Aschenbach did an admirable job filling in.
“Congratulations to Eric Curran and Lawson Aschenbach on winning the GRAND-AM Rolex GT race today at Lime Rock,” Campbell said. “They have been knocking on the door of victory all season, so it was nice to see them end the GRAND-AM Rolex Series era with a win. The entire Marsh Racing Corvette GT.R team executed flawlessly to secure the win.”
Chevrolet Racing now turns its attention to the inaugural season of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, which will open with the 52ND running of the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 24-26, 2014.