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jordan taylor

If not a racing driver, then what would you be?

I would probably be doing something in the military. I have always been proud to be an American, so I think serving my country would be my first choice.

Do you have any pre-race superstitions?

I think everyone has something. I always put my right shoe and right glove on first, and then try put everything on in the same order. My engineer at Wayne Taylor Racing is also very superstitious, he always wears the same pair of socks and underwear on race day.

Who do you admire the most?

In my life, I would say my parents. My Dad raced for 30 years and was very successful, winning Le Mans, the Rolex 24 twice, the Sebring 12 Hour, Petit Le Mans, and two championships. So for a career, I look up to him. For everyday life, I look to my Mom. She is what has kept our family together through our crazy racing lives. She is always helping other people and she is always happy. It’s not an easy thing to keep that happiness, so I admire the life that she lives and how she goes about it.

Who do you admire the most?

My father of course.  Back in the day things where a bit different. When he started he had absolutely nothing and made it to the very top in motorsports.  His story is absolutely inspiring.  He definitely should write a book because his story is really amazing.

Behind every strong man is a strong woman in this case my mother.  I admire her unbreakable positive spirit.  She was always there for me when my dad was gone racing.  He was only home 40-60 days a year, so she had to take care of the crazy little boy.

What is you favourite circuit?

As anyone else I’d say the Nordschleife.  But I don’t consider it as something for ‘normal human beings’ (laughs).  But as a ‘normal’ race track I’d say it’s definitely Mugello.  It’s just amazing there.  It’s an old school track with fast corners. Everything I can find love as a driver in Mugello.  Unfortunately, I was racing there just once but I hope that’ll change in the future.

What is you favourite circuit?

I have two favorites, Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen. They are high speed tracks that require a lot of commitment. They remind me of old school race tracks that are high speed and still have that sense of danger. They both have big elevation change and all different types of corners, so it’s a challenge for drivers and engineers. Most of the new tracks these days are pretty basic, these tracks have character.

Favourite Food?

I am a big breakfast person. I could eat eggs and bacon every meal of the day, or blueberry pancakes, or French toast…I also enjoy a nice steak.

Which series would you most like to race in?

V8 Supercars. I think the racing there is fantastic. The cars are cool, they have a big field, and a huge fanbase. I see it as a NASCAR type series on road courses. The cars look like they’re a blast to drive, with little aero, so the racing is always very close and hard.

Most memorable racing moment?

I would say I have had two big moments in my career. The first was winning the 2013 Grand-Am DP championship. It was my first major championship. The second would be winning the GTE-Pro class at Le Mans in 2015 with Corvette Racing. It was an emotional roller coaster of a weekend. The sister car had crashed out in practice, so the team went into the race with just one car. Nobody made a mistake through the race and we were able to win the race with just one bullet in the gun. 

What road car do you drive?

My everyday car is a GMC Sierra 1500 truck. I also have a 1965 C2 Corvette Stingray that I drive every now and then. It tends to break down, so I try not go too far from home. 

Do you have any tattoos?

Nope, no tattoos.

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