Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor captured his first pole position of the season Friday at Circuit of the Americas ahead of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Lone Star Le Mans race.
Taylor, in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype, set a lap of 1:58.712 in the car he shares with his brother, Jordan. It is the third pole of the year for the Corvette DP this season.
RICKY TAYLOR, WAYNE TAYLOR RACING NO. 10 KONICA MINOLTA CORVETTE DP – PROTOTYPE POLE-WINNER: “Yeah, I wish we could have had some more (pole positions) this year. The guys definitely gave me a great car all season. I’m sick of those Mazdas on pole, so it’s nice to get one for the Corvette. It wasn’t a perfect lap. The track was very different from the other sessions. You gained a little bit in one place, lose a little in another. I’m not sure if it was the same for everybody, but just really excited we got a bunch of Konica Minolta and DLL people here this weekend, so I’m glad to do it for them. Hopefully, we can do the same thing tomorrow.”
(On qualifying later in the day in the FIA WEC race): “Yeah, I’m about to try to run over to the Larbre Corvette, so I can’t get enough Corvette’s today. Hopefully we can do the same thing over there.”
(Track conditions) “The track is very slippery in the heat. It changes a lot. It hasn’t been like this at all this week, so it was all about adapting to the track. You can overdrive some places and under drive others trying to put together a lap. Hopefully we have a good read on tomorrow and we’ll be on full attack. The heat is always a big factor here. These race cars are very hot inside. Physically as well as performance-wise with the race car, it’s hard on everything – tires, fuel, engine, everything. Hopefully it’s a good representation of what we will see tomorrow with the pace. It will be all about conserving tires and making sure you’re in the hunt at the end.
“The Continental tires were really good. This is as close as we’re going to get to tomorrow, in terms of the conditions. Hopefully this is a good read on how we will stack up. It will be a tough race on tire wear and getting through the race cleanly.”