Wayne Taylor - Ford interview 2009-01-14

This Week in Ford Racing Wayne Taylor, owner and co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford- Dallara Daytona Prototype, is looking to win his second Rolex 24 at Daytona next weekend. Taylor, who won the race in 2005 en route to a ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Wayne Taylor, owner and co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford- Dallara Daytona Prototype, is looking to win his second Rolex 24 at Daytona next weekend. Taylor, who won the race in 2005 en route to a series championship, talks about switching over to Ford power and his strategy for the 24-hour race.

HOW DID TEST DAYS GO WITH A NEW MANUFACTURER? "Well, changing manufacturers is always a big deal. We chose to go with the best program based on the track support and engineering support. When you change manufacturers, there are many things that you've got to make sure you don't have any problems with. So, the test was a big systems check for us to make sure that we didn't have any cooling issues or whatever. The test went really well. There were really no issues with the car or the engine. We didn't put any real emphasis on speed but we are confident that package is going to be really strong."

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE MIGHT BE A LEARNING CURVE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON AT ALL? "We can't afford to have any learning curve. We've got to be up and winning races as soon as possible. The engine is a proven package; we've seen it last year, and the Dallara is a proven package from our standpoint, we've run it and won with it. With the two together, I don't think that there's going to be - there's always a learning curve, no matter what you do - but we're not going into the season thinking that we have to learn to try and win races, We feel that the package is good enough as it is to go and try to win races."

WHAT KIND OF STRATEGY, IF ANY, DO YOU EMPLOY IN A 24-HOUR RACE? "Well, we go to the 24-Hour every year with basically the same plan. It's a long race, and there are potentially 16 to 18 cars that can win it and you can't win the race if you're in pit lane. The most important thing for us is to start the race and stay on the lead lap, then on Sunday morning, wake up and see where we are. Then we monitor the race in the second half of the race rather than the beginning of the race and concentrate on keeping the car and drivers and team in good shape until we get closer to the end."

-credit: ford racing

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