Get Along - DC's latest take on life

"People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?" -Rodney King Unfortunately, the short answer: "no." The ultimate end to a disagreement, death, is exemplified in large and small monuments -- whether elaborate tombs of unknown ...

"People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?" -Rodney King

Unfortunately, the short answer: "no."

The ultimate end to a disagreement, death, is exemplified in large and small monuments -- whether elaborate tombs of unknown soldiers or simple headstones -- of those who fell on the fields of war.

Bottom line: nearly each who perished believed the position he or she defended was the "right thing."

Thus, disagreement lies at the root of far too much hassle in life.

Drag racers for the most part disdain turning left and right, while sportscar racers think similarly about stockcars which largely turn only left -- never mind drag racing's not turning at all.

Heck, there's even the ongoing "Are race-car drivers athletes?"

After winning the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona and riding that victory straight to that year's near-runaway Rolex Series Daytona Prototype driving, manufacturing, constructor and team championships, one would think driver Wayne Taylor, whose Surrey Sport, LLC owns the SunTrust racing team, and team manager Bill Riley, president of Riley Motorsports and vice-president of chassis builder Riley Technologies, would be forever inseparable.

With just cause, Taylor and Riley are two of the sports' most respected figures -- and not just in Grand American.

All of that changed in May when the two organizations announced their decision agreeing to disagree and take separate paths beginning with the end of the 2006 season.

Unfortunately, there is a lot more to the breakup than is commonly known and even though this writer has confidentially heard both sides' considerable explanations he still is confused as to the reasons behind the breakup -- especially when keeping in mind that we each are the hero of our life's story.

Perhaps it'll all become crystal clear someday, but it's a continuing story - perhaps of soap opera worthiness - that is slowly heating up in the Rolex Series paddock and one wonders if the situation will get beyond the season's finale at the Sept. 2 Miller Motorsports Park race in Salt Lake City (actually: Toole, Utah) before the pot boileth over.

While at times harmful, disagreement has also benefited humans by spurning new ways of thinking and doing, like Jonas Salk, the father of a once-thought-impossible polio vaccine, and Christopher Columbus sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean (see note, below).

Though no guarantees exist in life -- save taxes and death -- success certainly is in the cards at some point in the respective futures of Riley and Taylor.

Taylor, who will largely step away from driving duties (but not completely so) is in the process of organizing a new team as its manager/owner, which may field as many as two Daytona Prototypes in 2007.

In 2007 Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen will rejoin the SunTrust team as its principal driving duo while a certain brotherly duo are being seriously considered as drivers of a second team DP.

Already having announced a 2007 Rolex Series DP effort with gifted guitar player and race-driver/team-owner Jim Matthews -- which Riley promises will be nothing short of a kick-ass team -- Riley later today in Indianapolis will announce his 2007 foray into NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series.

Here's hope that Messrs. Taylor and Riley each realize their respective life dreams, 'cause they're both great guys -- who simply see at least one situation from very differing perspectives.

-- DC Williams, Exclusively for Motorsport.com

NOTE: By the way, Greek mathematician Eratosthenes of Cyrene (276 -- 194 BC) established the Earth's diameter, not circumference, about 1,300-years before Columbus sailed. The sailing debate of Columbus' time revolved around surviving fearsome, now-mythological Atlantic Ocean sea creatures and/or the economic viability of a "west-to-east" sea voyage; not "if" the word was round.

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Series Grand-Am , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli , Jim Matthews
Teams Williams , Riley Motorsports