Driver rankings in sports car racing have been a hot-button topic this year.
For the uninitiated, in the both the FIA World Endurance Championship and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, you have four levels of ranking: Platinum, for factory drivers, Gold, for non-factory paid professionals, Silver, for (in theory) faster gentlemen drivers with day jobs or under-the-radar international drivers, and Bronze, for purely gentlemen drivers.
Some drivers are either ranked higher or lower than you’d expect depending on the circumstances; in some cases, there is no rhyme or reason to why drivers are ranked a certain way. This is why the rankings are set to be examined and looked at more closely this offseason.
But leave it to Jordan Taylor – the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Series DP champion, and two-time winner in TUDOR this year including at Petit Le Mans – to provide the funniest take on driver rankings you’ll see today, or perhaps all offseason.
Taylor, known as much for growing out a mullet (and then cutting it) and his general quirkiness on social media as his excellent prowess behind the wheel, did this to an unsuspecting driver who parked in a parking lot and took up two parking spots.
With the above description of rankings, the joke is even funnier.
This is why Jordan Taylor is not only a great driver, but a great humorist.
Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.
The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.
“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.
“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.
“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”
The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.
Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.
Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.
McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.