IMSA: Jordan Taylor’s famed mullet to be cut for charity

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Jordan Taylor (pictured, right, with co-driver/brother Ricky Taylor) will always be known as one-half of the final GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype champions. But for the last year or so, he’s been known for something else as well: His mullet.

The hairstyle has become every bit a signature for him as his tenacious driving behind the wheel of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP. It’s even featured prominently on his IMSA hard card.

But alas, we’ll soon have to say goodbye to it (at least, for now), as Taylor has chosen to cut his lengthy locks at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen next month.

The good news is that it’s being done for a good cause. As part of the cut, Taylor is raising money for Camp Boggy Creek and Camp Anokijig through a raffle. The goal is to raise $10,000 altogether for the two charities.

The winner of the raffle will receive two paddock passes to the Watkins Glen race, a ride around the fabled road course in a two-seater Daytona Prototype, behind-the-scenes tours of the WTR and Corvette Racing paddocks – and a chance to help cut Taylor’s mullet off. The runner-up will receive a new set of Continental Tires. You can get your tickets here.

Taylor is looking forward to helping Boggy Creek and Anokijig, but also seemed to indicate that the mullet was starting to take on a life of its own.

“I’ve had great success with the mullet, but I think a lot of people are saying that I get a lot of credit for my hair than my driving, so I kind of just want to go back to being a racing driver again and not just the guy with the weird hair,” Taylor told SportsCar365 recently.

Fair enough. But you can never say never in this racing business. Perhaps, one day, the mullet will rise again.

The Taylor brothers qualified fifth for tomorrow’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Richard Westbrook (P) and Spencer Pumpelly (GTD) will be on pole.

The Callaway Corvette GT3 is coming to America, in PWC

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Pirelli World Challenge has been in need of some good news from a car count standpoint early into this offseason, and receives it Monday with confirmation Callaway Competition will bring its GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-R Stateside next season.

The withdrawal of the factory Cadillac Racing program after PWC’s season finale in Sonoma in September has opened the door for the factory-blessed Corvette C7 GT3-R to run in North America, because Cadillac’s ATS-V.R has been the lone GT3-spec car under the General Motors awning for the last three seasons, while the Callaway Corvette has raced only internationally.

Reeves Callaway has been on site at the tail end of the PWC season to survey the opportunity and now a deal has been struck for a factory effort to run next year, before the Callaway Corvette program becomes a customer effort in 2019. This follows the same timeline as Acura did with its new NSX GT3 this year to run it as a factory program in 2017 before shifting to customer efforts in 2018.

“Joining the Pirelli World Challenge has been a long term objective for Callaway Competition,” Callaway said in a release. “Now the field is a roll-call of the most capable sports cars from every country. To do well here, you must beat the best in the world. What better way to showcase our iconic American car?

“For 2018, we will run a Callaway factory team to give us the best chance of continuing the championship record the Corvette has achieved in international competition. For 2019, we will not race against our customers, but provide high-quality support to them in the tradition of other manufacturer customer racing support programs.”

“For several years fans have asked when they would see the Callaway Corvette GT3 run in the Pirelli World Challenge,” added Greg Gill, President and CEO of Pirelli World Challenge. “The wait is over and we are very pleased to announce the arrival of the Callaway Corvette GT3 for the 2018 season.”

The Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R will be unveiled and both full season drivers announced at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis on December 7 at the Pirelli World Challenge booth. Following the unveiling event, the car will be on display for the remainder of the trade show. Details of the presentation will be announced in the coming weeks.

Callaway’s confirmation comes amidst the likely drawdown of potentially nine or 10 cars that raced in PWC’s GT and GTA ranks either all season or most of it in 2017, among at least five manufacturers. That’s not to say those losses can’t be recouped elsewhere on the grid, over the next several months before the St. Petersburg season opener in March.

PWC will hold its annual state of the series and competitor meeting to finalize the next year’s plans at the PRI show as well.