Jordan Taylor’s unforgettable story of needing a restroom while leading the Rolex 24

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Asking what drivers do when a restroom urge strikes is one of the age-old questions in auto racing — and Jordan Taylor has a doozy of an answer.

But the No. 3 Corvette driver also had a question before sharing an unforgettable Rolex 24 at Daytona anecdote with NBC Sports.

“What’s like the statute of limitations on when you can get in trouble for something here?” Taylor asks with a wry smile. “Well, I’ll just say it was a long time ago.”

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That’s good enough for us (and hopefully for John Doonan, Beaux Barfield and any other IMSA officials who might be reading).

We’ll let Taylor, who is well known for his goofy social media persona, take it from here (and note that he actually was answering the question “What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done in a Rolex 24?”):

“It was one of the years we had a long yellow in the middle of the night and early morning, and I had to pee really badly,” Taylor said. “And it was yellow obviously because of the fog, and the team didn’t want to pit because we were leading, which made sense. So all right, I’ll just pee in the car. It’s fine. Guys do it all the time.’

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“And I was trying to pee, and I physically could not pee on myself, and I had to go so bad, my bladder was in pain. Everyone has been in this situation. And I couldn’t pee.”

The team advised to take whatever action was necessary because pitting (and giving up the lead) remained an unavailable option.

Taylor decided that visualization might be the best approach.

“I need to imagine or simulate how I would pee if I was at a bathroom right now,” he said. “How people would picture like a waterfall to pee. So I’m trying to picture myself at a toilet following the pace car, and I still couldn’t do it.”

Deciding that further simulation was necessary, Taylor loosed his belts, unzipped his firesuit and …

“I was ready to pee in the cockpit, and I was trying to aim where I thought it wouldn’t mess up any of the electronics,” he said.

But then disaster nearly struck. The team suddenly summoned Taylor to pit while he was on the backstretch.

“I zipped up extremely fast,” he said. “Thankfully didn’t zip anything up that wasn’t supposed to be zipped up. Got my gloves on, got out of the car and went to pee. It was a very weird situation, but it was almost a little bit weirder.

“The funniest part would have been if had they called me in 30 seconds later, because I would have had to dive in (the pits) and literally got out of the car half-naked, which would have been so confusing. Thankfully that didn’t happen. Hard to explain that one.”

Of course, it still could have been worse.

“Thankfully, there was no in-car camera that year.”

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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