IMSA: Wayne Taylor Racing moved to rear of P class for drive-time violation

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Wayne Taylor Racing’s third place finish for drivers Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli in the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona has been reclassified to 16th and last within the Prototype class for a drive-time violation.

In the final six-hour period, Jordan Taylor was found to have exceeded the maximum drive time of four in six hours. The four-in-six rule, or 14 hours total, was the maximum drive time allotment for the Rolex 24.

All Prototype teams and drivers finishing behind the No. 10 Corvette DP team will move up one position in the race standings. The No. 10 team and drivers will receive points for 16th place, last in class. The team also forfeits its third-place prize money, and was scored last in the final segment of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup standings.

“IMSA conducted a thorough review of drive times post-race, which revealed that Jordan Taylor exceeded four hours over a six-hour period late in the race,” IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield said in a statement released by IMSA. “Drive-time maximums are in place to ensure that drivers do not get fatigued and create safety concerns, as well as to prevent any one driver from making too large a contribution to its team’s result.”

Team principal Wayne Taylor accepted the penalty levied.

“Obviously, we are disappointed that inadvertently having Jordan drive a few more minutes than permitted has resulted in the issuance of these penalties,” he said. “We fully understand IMSA’s stance on this and will not challenge the penalties levied against us.

“We will move forward and continue to do our very best to succeed in our goal of winning this championship, which is one of the most difficult championships in all of motor racing. We look forward to the next round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Sebring.”