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Jordan Taylor likens ‘The Penske Boys’ as IMSA’s new ‘Backstreet Boys’: ‘They’re so hot right now’

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There’s always been a good-natured competitive rivalry between brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, particularly when they raced together on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series for their father and Wayne Taylor Racing.

But ever since Ricky joined the new Acura Team Penske squad for 2018, the sibling rivalry has ratcheted up markedly.

We’re not sure if it’s jealousy, envy or what, but the Taylor boys are having a fun time of good-naturedly dissing each other, particularly on social media.

Here’s the latest installment of Brother, Oh, Brother! Jordan takes a humorous swipe at Team Penske’s two sports car teams, using the theme of the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” as a musical backdrop.

Who knows, maybe if this whole sports car thing doesn’t work out, the Penske Boys (PSB) might try their luck as the next boy band — uh, err, make that big boy band. After all, the elder statesman of the group, Helio Castroneves, has rhythm, having won Dancing With the Stars once and almost twice. He’d be a great Kevin Richardson from BSB.

Dane Cameron would be Brian Littrell. Ricky Taylor would make a good Nick Carter because he’s young and could become a female heartthrob.

Juan Pablo Montoya would be A.J. McLean, because the latter is the bad boy of the group. And Graham Rahal would be Howie Dorough, the sometimes-quiet Backstreet Boy.

And for good measure, since we just ran out of Backstreet Boys, we’ll have Simon Pagenaud be the Justin Timberlake of N’SYNC.

Here’s Jordan Taylor’s homage to BSB and PSB.

 

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session

RACE INFORMATION: What you need to know for today’s REV Group Grand Prix

RATED ROOKIE: Rinus VeeKay rebounding well from a tough debut

IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.