Wayne Taylor Racing has had their third-place finish and all resulting points revoked after IMSA found driver Jordan Taylor stayed in his Corvette DP for longer than the mandated four hours. According to Fox Sports, the No. 10 Corvette DP has now been given a 16th place class finish, with the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP driven by Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante and Mike Rockenfeller moving into third.
The time error cost Wayne Taylor Racing the overall victory before their third place finish. The team was nicely set-up to win in the closing hours of the race, however they were forced to pit and swap drivers after realizing Jordan was in the car for too long, bumping them back to third. Upon review of the incident, IMSA found Taylor had driven for four hours and 19 minutes in a single 6 hour period, violating article 12.7.3 of the IMSA SSR. Typically drivers in violation of this rule will have all race points deducted, however IMSA officials made an exception in this case.
“Looking at it, we haven’t actually had an overage in the maximum drive time, in the years I’ve been I’ve been involved,” said IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield . “So there wasn’t a precedent and we looked at it and thought the penalty that we had established as a standard was out of line with the type of violation we’re dealing with, so we’ve adjusted it accordingly.”
The team is evidently unhappy with the scenario, but realizes IMSA was forced to take action.
“Obviously, we are disappointed that inadvertently having Jordan drive a few more minutes than permitted has resulted in the issuance of these penalties,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “We fully understand IMSA’s stance on this and will not challenge the penalties levied against us. We will move forward and continue to do our very best to succeed in our goal of winning this championship, which is one of the most difficult championships in all of motor racing. We look forward to the next round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Sebring.”