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Wayne Taylor Racing Targeting LM24 LMP2 Effort

Wayne Taylor Racing targeting 2015 Le Mans effort in LMP2…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Wayne Taylor is hopeful of having his team be on the grid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after gaining an automatic invite to compete in the LMP2 class next year.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype squad received the news Monday from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest that it has been awarded one of two “at large” entries from IMSA to take part in the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic.

With its Corvette DP not eligible to compete in the French endurance classic, the team is now working to finalize a Le Mans-only effort with a yet-to-be-determined LMP2 car.

“I’m working on putting a program together to do it,” Taylor told Sportscar365. “We got the offer and it’s always difficult to get an entry to Le Mans But it’s still in the very early planning stages.”

Taylor said its proposed Le Mans program would consist primarily of Wayne Taylor Racing crew, but likely utilizing European-based resources.

With Jordan Taylor poised to return to Corvette Racing for Le Mans next year, brother Ricky would be one of the drivers in the Pro-Am enforced class.

The 25-year-old second-generation driver made his LMP2 debut at Le Mans this year at the wheel of a Larbre Competition Morgan-Judd.

Taylor said the remainder of the lineup has been undecided but expressed his desire to see team veteran Max Angelelli at the wheel of the prototype as well.

No decision has been made on the chassis and/or engine package, with the entire program still being in the very early stages.

With many dynamics still to be worked out, Taylor has given 50/50 chances of the Le Mans LMP2 program being given the green light.

“It would be fantastic if we could return to Le Mans,” he said. “When I won Le Mans in 1998, it was with the entire team, so this would be great. Everybody loves to go to Le Mans.”

Wayne Taylor Racing joins the list of numerous teams selected by IMSA to compete at Le Mans in recent years, although not many have taken up the invites.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and Risi Competizione both declined the auto entries for 2014, while only Level 5 Motorsports took part in the 2013 edition after IMSA also selected Conquest Racing and Extreme Speed Motorsports for its at-large entries that year.

In addition to WTR, Scuderia Corsa has been selected as the other 2015 IMSA entrant, with the team planning to compete in the GTE-Am class with Bill Sweedler’s Ferrari F458 Italia.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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