Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook were due at the airport hours after leaving the podium.
DETROIT - Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook were soaked in champagne after claiming the top two spots in Saturday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit Belle Isle, but they didn’t have much time to enjoy it.
Both were due at the airport hours after leaving the podium.
Jordan Taylor teamed with older brother Ricky to win the Prototype class. Westbrook and teammate Michael Valiante were a close second. The post-race press conference was cut short because Jordan Taylor and Westbrook had to dash to Detroit Metropolitan Airport for flights to Paris.
“I leave Detroit at 6:09 p.m. and I’ll be in Paris at 8:20, then it’s a ride to Le Mans to get there at 11:27,” Jordan Taylor said of the trip to test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He’ll be back sometime Monday but said he won’t mind the hassle.
“It’s a rough trip, but we’re race car drivers,” he said. “This is what we love doing.”
Only two TUDOR Championship classes ran this weekend at the 2.36-mile Belle Isle street circuit. Drivers in the Prototype Challenge and GT Le Mans classes had the weekend off with several GTLM teams in Le Mans and the PC class racing next weekend at Kansas Speedway.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is June 14-15. All four TUDOR Championship classes will compete in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen June 27-29 at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Scott Held - NASCAR Wire Service