Sportscar ace eyeing Supercars enduro drive
American sportscar ace Jordan Taylor will head to the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 season finale as he steps up a search to land a future Supercars enduro drive.
The 26-year-old is keen to hold talks with Supercars teams having been a long term admirer of Australian’s premier motor racing series.
Taylor will head to Australia for the November 24-26 event after taking up an invitation from former race engineer Charlie Ping, who is based in the country working as a consultant for engineering firm Pratt & Miller.
Ping consults with Brad Jones Racing and Team 18, and with his help, Taylor is looking to meet those and other Holden teams in the hope of securing a co-driver role.
Taylor boast an impressive CV featuring this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar title driving a Cadillac prototype alongside brother Ricky Taylor.
The championship success arrived after winning the prestigious Daytona 24 Hours.
Taylor has also been successful in GT racing having won the class at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Corvette in 2015.
“I’ve been watching Supercars for as long as I can remember and I love it,” said Taylor.
“The formula with these cars creates such close, hard racing, which most of the world is missing out on. Combine that with the high-level teams and drivers, and you have an incredible championship.
“I have a SportsCar background, so I’d love to get involved with the endurance rounds as a co-driver, if possible.
“Most people in Australia probably don’t know me as I do most of my racing in the US, but being there person is the best way to get my name and face around the paddock.”
Taylor, who met Team 18 boss Charlie Schwerkolt at the Detroit Grand Prix this year, is also set to meet up with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
“I met Charlie during my race at the Detroit Grand Prix in June, so Team 18 will probably be my first stop in Newcastle,” added Taylor.
“Holden’s motorsport guys have also organised for me to meet Roland Dane and visit with the factory Red Bull Holden Racing Team, which I’m really looking forward to – they’ve been the series benchmark for so long.
“I’m excited about seeing the Supercars live and catching up with a few of the drivers I’ve crossed paths with. Hopefully, I can get some things in the works for the future.”