WAYNE TAYLOR READIES FOR SPORTSCAR'S MOSPORT FESTIVAL 26 August, 1997 Toronto, Ontario -- Double World SportsCar Champion, Wayne Taylor, co-driver Eric van de Poele and Doyle Racing's ...
WAYNE TAYLOR READIES FOR SPORTSCAR'S MOSPORT FESTIVAL
26 August, 1997
Toronto, Ontario -- Double World SportsCar Champion, Wayne Taylor, co-driver Eric van de Poele and Doyle Racing's #1 Danka/Toshiba Copiers & Fax Pirelli Oldsmobile Factory Riley & Scott MK III team are looking forward to this Sunday's two hour minute sprint event. The Mosport Festival is round seven of the eleven race 1997 Exxon World SportsCar Championship series.
"This will be a hell of a fast one," said Taylor of the Labor DayWeekend race. "We'll have the speed in the turns; Ferrari, the speed in thestraights, and the Fords will have a bit of both."
Known to every major road racing series, including Formula One and TransAm, drivers travel the 2.459-mile road course in an unbelievably quick one minute twelve seconds. This year, SportsCar has leveled the hump at the endof the Andretti straight, added a gravel trap in Turn 8 and removed the temporary chicane on the back straight making the circuit even more challenging to both car and driver.
"Mosport is a real driver's circuit. One of the best in North America," said Taylor of the track. "You need to find a really good set up to make the most of its turns and long straights."
"The Ferraris and the Fords may have the advantage of speed, but we have the strength of our driver line up and team preparation," added van de Poele.
In 1996, the World SportsCar race ended in an exciting nose-to-tail finish with the Dyson Ford victorious over the MOMO Ferrari by just .198 seconds. This year, with the race shortened from the traditional three hour format, and, with the changes to the track, the race promises to be no less dramatic.
"The race is down from four full stops to just under two and a half," said Taylor. "With two drivers and a lot less time in which to work, race strategy is going to play a major factor this weekend." Taylor is SportsCar's double champion, winning the inaugural Exxon World SportsCar Championship title in 1994 and then, repeating in 1996. Since 1988, Wayne Taylor has amassed a record of 8 wins, 40 Top Five and 45 Top Ten Finishes in 84 Career Starts with SportsCar. He also stakes claim to 8 Poles, 11 Fastest Laps and Most Laps Led at this year's Rolex 24.
Doyle Racing sponsorship comes from Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and Danka Business Systems PLC. The Electronic Imaging Division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. sells, services and distributes the award-winning line of Toshiba copiers and facsimile machines through a nationwide network of more than 400 dealers plus 4 domestic distributors and 23 international distributors. Danka, headed by Dan Doyle, is one of the world's largest independent suppliers of photocopiers, facsimiles and other automated office equipment. Supporting sponsorship comes from Lease Plan.
#1 DOYLE RACING FACTORY R & S MK III WSC TEAM DRIVER & TEAM QUOTES
Double World SportsCar Champion, Wayne Taylor, co-driver, Eric van de Poele and the #1 Doyle Racing Factory Riley & Scott World SportsCar team head to Canada for Labor Day's "Mosport Festival", the seventh race of the eleven race World SportsCar Championship series. With their new ownership, SportsCar has made several changes to the 2.459-mile road course to enhance the driver's experience of Mosport Park. The "bump" at the end of the Andretti straight has been leveled and repaved, a gravel trap has been added to Turn 8, and the temporary chicance has been removed. Taylor and van de Poele are looking forward to what has become known as one of the quickest and most challenging two hour races of the season.
WAYNE TAYLOR, 1994/1996 WSC Champion and Lead Driver
On the Circuit "It's always great to race at Mosport. It is a very historic track and the host of many a Formula One race. In my opinion, it is one of the top courses in North America."
On the Circuit Changes "Mosport is a real driver's circuit. Taking out the bump and the temporary chicane will make this an even faster course. We'll need a really good set up to make the most of it."
On the Race "We'll have the power in the turns, Ferrari, the power in the straightsand the Fords will have a bit of both. As long as the gremlins who have visited us at each race this year don't show, we'll be a contender the front row as we have been all season."
On the shorter format "Believe it or not, those fifteen minutes make a big difference in the race strategy. Essentially, you drop from 120 minutes and three full stops to 105 minutes and 2 and a half stops. It makes all the difference in the world on how you end up playing the race and the driver changes."
On The Remainder of the Season "This has been such a crazy year. I'm at the point where I'm saying to myself before each race: "Let's just see what happens." I am looking forward to going to the new tracks in these final races. I enjoy learning a new track and seem to be able to do it quickly and this team reacts and learns a set up faster than anyone else. "
ERIC van de POELE, Co-Driver
On the circuit "I have never driven Mosport, but I have heard that it is very fast and very well designed. I am very curious about it."
On the competition "The Ferraris are always quicker than everyone in the area of performance; and Weaver and Leitzinger are very fast, this we know. However, in the race, we are stronger in the strategy and the driver line up."
On the Race "If we have no trouble, we will be fighting for the lead. All season we have been fighting for the lead when we have troubles that seem to take us out of the race. We must win this race. It has been enough!"
MARK SCOTT, Team Manager
On the Season "I'm looking forward to the last five races of the season. There are three tracks coming up that we haven't been to before and that's always fun. Wayne knows Laguna and then, on top of it, he learns tracks extremely fast...that should help us out quite a bit at Pikes Peak and Las Vegas."
On The Circuit Changes "Looking at it from our point of view, the changes will hurt us more than help us. The new course will probably be a bit of a disadvantage to us, compared to last year, because our chassis prefers corners. We be just fine, though."
On the Car "We'll be running with new engine development work from Brayton Engineering. That, together with the changes we've made from last year's information, should have us running very competitively."
On the Race "With the new format of an hour and forty-five minutes, combined with the track changes, this will be one hell of sprint race. It'll be very important to get both drivers up to speed and running consistent and similar times as quickly as possible."
On the Competition "The Riley & Scott chassis performs well here and has won here the last two years. The Fords will have the most distinct advantage because with their engine strength in the straights and their chassis strength in the corners. We, as always, have the advantage of having two strong drivers and a strong team."