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Taylors look to extend season domination at The Glen

Two names occupy the win column for every race of this season's IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship  Prototype class. Those names are the co-driving brothers, Jordan and Ricky Taylor.

The Taylor's co-drive the new Konica Minolta No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R in IMSA competition for the team owned by their father, Wayne Taylor.

As the WeatherTech series makes its annual visit to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, the fast-driving siblings have won both the Prototype class and overall laurels at all five stops on the WeatherTech trail - the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Long Beach, the Circuit of the America's (COTA) in Austin, Tex., and the last round in Detroit.

Due to the longer distance of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Taylors won that event employing added co-drivers NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli into their driver line-up.

This season IMSA revamped the type of cars they field in their Prototype class. Gone are the Daytona Prototype cars of years past. In their place are the new Daytona Prototype Internationals, known as DPi's. Competing against the DPi's in the class are also LMP2 style cars.The Cadillac DPi cars have dominated much of the racing this season, even with IMSA making several balance of performance adjustments during the season to try to equalize the competition. So far nothing has derailed the Taylors from visiting Victory Lane at every race.

Along with being part of the WeatherTech series, the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen serves as the third race of the four-event Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Daytona and Sebring were the first stops. Road Atlanta will be the final stop in October.

"It's still hard to believe that we've won all the races so far this season," Jordan 26, said. "Especially since we came into this season with a brand new car and you don't know what to expect. You go into the two toughest races like Daytona and Sebring, which are very long distance, and you need a reliable car. So there's a lot of unknowns and the car ran flawlessly. Once we got to the shorter races we could see how fast the car would be in race trim when you're actually pushing it so the Cadillac's been unstoppable so far."

Ricky is equally enjoying the 2017 IMSA campaign.

"Yeah, this is the dream to have this kind of a season," Ricky 27, said. "It's because of the team. They've just been executing incredibly well. We came here to The Glen last fall with our new DPi car and tested here and that's where it all started."

The team made a recent visit to The Glen for another test session and both Jordan and Ricky talked about the fun and also the pressures of having a brother as a co-driver as well as a father for their team owner.

"In the big picture, it adds a lot of pressure," Ricky said. "You want to prove yourself 10 times over because you're driving for your dad and with your brother. You don't want people to say that it's just a family team or whatever. For me personally it's the best experience I could ever have in a racing team. I've got no pressure with Jordan. He supports me no matter what. My dad's going to criticize me no matter what and I know what to expect. I'm relaxed and I think the best way to get a lap time out of a driver is if he's relaxed. I think the environment that we're in is one that really supports us to do our best."

"My brother and I have a great working relationship," Jordan said. "We always work with each other and usually being in endurance racing you always want to beat your teammate because they're your biggest rival and your easiest comparison. For us it's easy to take our egos out of it and just focus on the program. Bad weekends make it tougher because it's family but good weekends make it all the more sweeter."

All-American Corvette

Another popular team in the IMSA paddock this weekend will be the two Corvette Racing entries in the GTLM class. The No. 3 Corvette C7.R will be co-driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia. The No. 4 car will have Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner behind the wheel.

The No. 3 pairing has been victorious this season at Sebring and COTA while the No. 4 tandem prevailed at Long Beach. Magnussen and Garcia lead the GTLM driver standings while the tandem of Gavin and Milner are seventh.

Magnussen and Garcia won the 2014 edition of the Sahlen's event.

The Corvette Racing operation is headed by program manager Doug Fehan, who is taking a patriotic approach to this weekend's activity at The Glen.

"Watkins Glen starts a run of really, really nice tracks for us at Corvette Racing - old-school, fast tracks with a ton of character," Fehan said. "It's a pleasure to race Watkins Glen on Independence Day weekend. Everyone at Corvette Racing is proud of our heritage: the only GT program in the world running an American-made car from an American manufacturer with an American team. That's something we don't take lightly. Hopefully we can add our own fireworks for the fans this weekend."

Activity

This year's Sahlen's event action, which runs from Thursday through Sunday at The Glen, highlights the WeatherTech series. Also on the weekend card is the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Sunday's Six Hours of The Glen gets the green flag at 10:10 a.m.

The complete schedule of the Sahlen's event weekend on-track activity.

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