Acura Team Penske just announced its full driver lineup for the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype for the 2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship season, which included one surprise name: Ricky Taylor. The elder racing son of team owner Wayne Taylor, Ricky Taylor co-drove the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to a team championship win with his younger brother Jordan this past IMSA season.
“To get a call from Roger Penske offering the opportunity to drive one of his race cars full time – well, that’s a life-changing opportunity,” Ricky Taylor says. “We have had a lot of success in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship the last few seasons with my dad’s team, including winning both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Championship this year. I’m definitely ready for the next challenge in my career and I couldn’t be more excited to join Team Penske and work with Helio [Castroneves], Juan [Pablo Montoya], and Dane [Cameron] to launch the new factory Acura effort and start winning with the ARX-05 in 2018.”
This won’t be Ricky Taylor’s first time departing from his father’s racing team; for the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series, Ricky left Wayne Taylor Racing to drive alongside Richard Westbrook for the Spirit of Daytona Racing team (now “Visit Florida Racing”). He rejoined WTR the following year.
The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season was the inaugural season for the Cadillac DPi-V.R race car, but the prototype seemed to be free and clear of the sort of teething issues that typically plague first-year racing programs. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R of Wayne Taylor Racing won each of the first five events of the 2017 season, and Cadillac managed to pick up the manufacturer’s championship in the process.
We don’t yet know who will replace Ricky Taylor for next year’s IMSA SportsCar season, but already, 2018 is shaping up to be an intriguing one for the sportscar racing series.