Historic Pole Day At The Glen: Taylors Take Class Poles

Historic Pole Day At The Glen: Taylors Take Class Poles

By Pat Jennings, Sportscar series reporter

Story Highlights

  • History was made at Watkins Glen
  • Ricky Taylor claims DP pole
  • GT pole captured by Jordan Taylor

Ricky and Jordan Taylor become first brothers to earn Rolex Series poles in respective classes

Fresh off a win at Lime Rock Park, Ricky Taylor put the SunTrust Chevrolet Dallara on the pole for the 30th running of the 6-Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, lapping the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course in 1:40.691 to take his second Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype pole of the season. His brother Jordan Taylor earned the GT class pole, and they set a history making moment as the first brothers to earn series poles in their respective classes at the same event.

Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor celebrate Grand Am pole awards
Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor celebrate Grand Am pole awards

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Their father and champion sports car driver, Wayne Taylor said, "It’s tremendous, and I can’t get my arms around it yet, “They’ve both won poles in the past, but to get them at the same time – and especially at Watkins Glen."

About his pole, Ricky Tayor explained, “We started out with a couple of tough results, but now we’re learning these Continental tires and how to anticipate what we need to do starting off the weekend. These weekends are so short and you can really only make one significant set-up change throughout the weekend. And you either stick with it or take it off (the car). I think now we’re learning the trends. And we’re able to roll of the trailer and have a good set-up, make that one change, and it puts us in a really good position.”

With four top-five finishes in the season’s first five races, Taylor and his teammate, Max Angelelli, lie 22 points behind Ganassi Racing’s Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the Daytona Prototype drivers’ standings.

Pruett qualified his BMW Riley third for Saturday’s race, just over a tenth of a second behind Antonio Garcia in the Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet Coyote. Garcia and his co-driver, Paul Edwards, have started on the front row four times this year but have yet to win a race.

After mixing it up with the front runners at Lime Rock, Garcia thinks a win could be possible in Saturday’s race. “I think we have a good momentum (after Lime Rock),” he said. “The Spirit of Daytona Chevy is running very good. We just need a little extra to put it all together. Let’s hope this is the first one and not the last one.”

Alex Gurney was fourth in the Gainsco Chevrolet Riley, followed by Brian Frisselle’s Doran Racing Ford Dallara.

The first of the two Action Express Porsche Rileys, the Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, the Starworks Motorsport For Riley, and the second Action Express car rounded out the Daytona Prototype class. The second Starworks entry did not take part in qualifying because of a crash during practice.

Ricky Taylor’s brother, Jordan, claimed the pole in GT class, leading a Chevrolet sweep of the top-three positions. Driving the Autohaus Chevrolet Camaro GT.R, Jordan Taylor recorded a lap of 1:51.939. Robin Liddell qualified second in the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro, followed by the Banner Racing Camaro of Oliver Gavin.

Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor celebrate pole award
Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor celebrate pole award

Photo by: Ted Rossino

“It was a tough qualifying,” said Jordan Taylor. “I knew the other Camaros would be tough. They were top-three in all of the practice sessions. We knew we had a pretty good car.

“The car is set up so soft that we’re probably picking up five miles an hour on our competitors through the bus stop chicane (at the end of the back straight). I’m sure there’s definitely at least half a second right there. The Camaro’s also a good car under braking. And there lots of high-speed to low-speed sections. All through the boot section (of the track), it’s all about getting on the brakes deep.”

The Marsh Racing Corvette set the fourth fastest time in GT. The next fastest times went to Mazda RX-8’s fielded by Team Sahlen and SpeedSource, respectively. The quickest Porsche 911 was seventh.

The GT class championship leading Turner Motorsport BMW M3 did not participate in qualifying due to damage sustained in a practice session. Paul Dalla Lana was driving at the time and was not injured.

Saturday’s race will begin at 1 p.m. EDT.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Paul Edwards , Antonio Garcia , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Robin Liddell , Oliver Gavin , Max Angelelli , Memo Rojas , Jordan Taylor , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank , Ricky Taylor , Paul Dalla Lana
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Turner Motorsport , Stevenson Motorsports , Doran Racing , Team Sahlen , SpeedSource , Michael Shank Racing
Tags chevrolet, jordon taylor, pat jennings, ricky talyor, rolex