The livery for Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R was unveiled on Monday, ahead of the two-day IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship test at Daytona International Speedway.
The team has already tested its new Dallara LMP2-based Cadillac DPi in private sessions at Putnam Park, NCM Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen International and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor will drive the car for the full-season, joined by Max Angelelli and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Jeff Gordon for the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month.
“Well, first of all, I must say I am most excited to be back with Cadillac after campaigning the company’s Le Mans Prototypes from 2000 to 2002, and I feel like there’s some unfinished business there,” commented team owner Wayne Taylor.
“This new Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R is a truly spectacular Cadillac racecar built by Dallara, and I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen so far on the track. It’s a car I really feel like we can go out and win a championship with, so perhaps we can go out and take care of that unfinished business sooner than later.”
“It’s been incredibly cool to be a part of developing the new Cadillac it from the ground up,” added Jordan Taylor. “When we first went to Putnam Park for the initial shakedown test, I got to be the first driver to sit in it and take it out for its first laps.
“It’s been a slow, methodical process working with Cadillac, Wayne Taylor Racing, Dallara, ECR and everybody who’s had a part in the development. We picked up speed every time we tested while we worked really hard to see how the car would react to different situations.
“It’s definitely a much different car than what I’m used to. The DP that we’re used to is big, it’s heavy, and it moves around a lot. The Cadillac DPi-V.R is much more aero-based, like an LMP2 car. In terms of driving style, it feels a lot different so we spent a lot of time just trying to get comfortable.”
The car will make an appearance at the December Test on Tuesday and Wednesday, before the annual Roar Before the 24 in early January.