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GORDON BACK TO DAYTONA
Four-time NASCAR Cup champ and three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon joins the
No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R lineup for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
RICKY TAYLOR: This Cadillac DPi-V.R is
really athletic, nimble and direct. Every
input that the driver makes, the car
responds, which is really nice to have. I’m
always getting lots of feedback through
the wheel and the seat. Unlike the
previous cars we raced, with the DPi-V.R
we can do two things well simultaneously,
like brake and turn, or get on the power
while still in mid-corner.
The car has tons of downforce, so you’re
not muscling it around, and the braking
distances are so much shorter. In early
testing at Daytona, we were already
braking later than last year. It’s important
VIEW FROM THE COCKPIT
to be really precise, and focus on all the
little things to put a great lap together.
The engine has really good drivability.
When you select a gear, the next level of
power is right there, and it’s very predictable
in the way it comes in. Even going down
though the gearbox, the engine works
seamlessly, so it’s always in its sweet spot.
JORDAN TAYLOR: I think we’ll lose a
little bit of the door-banging style with
these cars. These cars are so aero
driven compared with the old Daytona
Prototypes, which we could run really
close to one another.
Now, with the higher speed and extra
grip, we should be able to be more
opportunistic in traffic, and more
aggressive in the braking zones. I think
that will make the racing really exciting.
RICKY TAYLOR: Looking at the car, it’s just
beautiful. That always gives you a certain
level of confidence. The attention to detail
and the level of preparation that have gone
into it is really high.
On track, the performance so far has
really blown me away, and to this point
we’ve really just been putting on miles
without focusing too much on setup. I think
once we start dialing in the setup we’ll see
another step in performance, and that will
continue as the year goes on.
JORDAN TAYLOR: This car is more physical
to drive due to the increase in grip and
G-forces. But the seating, the pedal position,
and even the switch placement are so well
thought out. Plus, there’s air conditioning to
keep the cockpit temperature within a few
degrees of ambient. Comfort in a long race
won’t be an issue. And the visibility is better
than any other car I’ve driven.
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What’s impressive about the Cadillac DPi-V.R? Pretty much everything, according to Jordan and Ricky Taylor.
The DPi-V.R ran in public for
the first time at Daytona’s
mid-December test, with
Racing at the Florida track.
The Taylors make up the core driver pairing
for their father’s team, Wayne Taylor Racing.
Having spent most of their careers in the
superseded Daytona Prototype cars, the
Cadillac DPi-V.R is a step into new territory.
JORDAN & RICKY TAYLOR