WAYNE TAYLOR PULLS OUT ALL STOPS FOR ROAD ATLANTA RACE Coming off two DNFs, the Doyle Racing team will run hard in season's first sprint race BRASELTON, GEORGIA -- At this weekend's NAPA AUTO PARTS Grand Prix of Road Atlanta Presented by...
WAYNE TAYLOR PULLS OUT ALL STOPS FOR ROAD ATLANTA RACE
Coming off two DNFs, the Doyle Racing team will run hard in season's first sprint race
BRASELTON, GEORGIA -- At this weekend's NAPA AUTO PARTS Grand Prix of Road Atlanta Presented by Royal Purple Motor Oil, 1994/1996 World SportsCar Champion, Wayne Taylor, will run his Doyle Racing machine to the limit in an effort to make up valuable points towards an attempted three-peat of his two Championship titles. Eric van de Poele will once again assist Taylor and his #1 DANKA/ TOSHIBA COPIERS & FAX Pirelli Oldsmobile Factory Riley & Scott MK III WSC team.
"Certainly, we've had a rough start to the season. But, we've come away with points and are still in a position to be very competitive for the title," said Taylor of the first two races wherein freak incidents led to engine failures. "This team does not like losing; they are not used to it at all." "We've given Wayne and Eric the green light to go all out, " said Team Manager, Mark Scott. "With the points situation the way it is, we can't afford to run conservatively."
In this first sprint race of the 1997 SportsCar season, Taylor and the team will have their work cut out for them. The 2.52-mile circuit of Road Atlanta will be the debut of a new rule enforcing a mandatory driver change during the two hour race. Where passing along the eleven treelined turns is already difficult, the new regulation will keep the competition tight and make pit strategy and quick driver changes the key factors in the outcome of Sunday's race. "Normally, our best driver-best team combination is enough to win, but not in a situation like this," said Taylor of the new rule. "It'll depend alot on whether the race runs green or yellow and then, on how well we play the race as it unfolds."
"The potential to lose time in the pits is always a risk," added Eric van de Poele. "We will need to fight for every tenth of a second. No mistakes allowed."
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 42 Top Ten Finishes in 79 Career Start with SportsCar (formerly IMSA). He also stakes claim to 8 Poles and 10 Fastest Laps as well as Most Laps Led at this year's Rolex 24.
Doyle Racing sponsorship comes from Danka Business Systems PLC and Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Danka, headed by Dan Doyle, is one of the world's largest independent suppliers of photocopiers, facsimiles and other automated office equipment. 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. Supporting sponsorship comes from Lease Plan.