Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport to expand GTP program starting in 2024
Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport have announced their intentions to expand their GTP program with Acura fielding a second Acura ARX-06 beginning next season. The 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona will mark the debut of the second Acura for the team. Since the inception of the team, their main focus has been a single entry, but with the involvement of Andretti Autosport, expansion with Acura is now feasible.
The No. 10 Acura ARX-06 will again be piloted by the teams 2023 drivers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque while the drivers of the new entry will be announced at a later date. Before the start of the 2021 season, Wayne Taylor Racing switch from Cadillac to Acura. That season started off with a bang, as WTR won the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona on debut with Acura. Since then, the team has finished second in the overall WeatherTech Championshipi standings twice, while capturing numerous wins. The team also plans to continue fielding the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 next season in the GTD class.
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In regards to the teams expansion, Wayne Taylor stated, "It has always been our plan to go to a two-car program. There are so many advantages in being a two-car team and now, going up against all the other factory-backed two car efforts, it is vital. Honda Performance Development and ORECA have built an amazing race car. When you look back at the season so far, we’ve proved to be quickest almost wherever we go and I believe we now have the car to beat. With the combination of HPD, ORECA, Andretti Autosport and all our corporate partners, we have a really strong organization.”
Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport chairman and CEO, added, "Expanding to a two-car program displays the progression and success of not only the WTR Andretti team, but our Acura and HPD relationship in the new GTP era. Our focus at Andretti Autosport, bringing our experience and reach, is to support WTR Andretti in finding the right people and providing the right resources to continue on our winning path.”
David Salters, HPD President and Technical Director, stated, "The strength and depth of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, throughout their organization, has impressed us right from the start of our partnership in 2021. That has continued through the development of the new, hybrid Acura ARX-06 GTP car. This is a very complex car, yet everyone at WTR Andretti has risen to the challenge. Our partnership with them has been very rewarding and we look forward to their continuing as a works factory Acura effort with the addition of a second IMSA entry in 2024.”