Le Mans and WEC a objective for WTR-Andretti partnership
Filipe Albuquerque is unambiguous when he says he’d somewhat be competing in an Acura for an total victory at this yr’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as an alternative of in an LMP2 automobile. The brand new partnership between Wayne Taylor Racing and Andretti Autosport could give him that chance within the coming years.
“100%. is certainly a objective for us,” stated Michael Andretti throughout a press convention through the Roar Earlier than the 24 prelude to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “With our new companions that we’ve got with Andretti international, our objective is to be in each main racing occasion on the earth. And clearly, LeMans is without doubt one of the huge ones. And so, down the highway, we positively need to be there.”
Wayne Taylor added that it’s the one race his workforce hasn’t gained total and is excessive on his listing of objectives. Taylor has a category win as a driver at Le Mans, however not an total win.
After all, one of the simplest ways to get an entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans is to race the complete season of the World Endurance Championship, and Andretti says that’s the objective as properly.
“That’s no secret both. We’re going to have a satellite tv for pc facility over in Europe. We have already got one we’re establishing and it’s going to be greater. And one of many targets is to hopefully have a WEC workforce out of there within the subsequent few years.”
Andretti Autosport and Wayne Taylor Racing introduced final month that Andretti was taking an curiosity within the multi-time IMSA SportsCar Championship workforce. Taylor says he actually turned open to the concept ultimately month’s check. Whereas the workforce has taken the combat to the likes of Chip Ganassi Racing, Penske and Meyer Shank Racing over time, Taylor stated he realized that with the higher calls for of the LMDh components within the new GTP class, he wanted a strategy to elevate his workforce.
“It began early on within the yr Michael and I began speaking and it turned evident after we got here to do the check right here, the primary check after I assume we had 91 individuals across the automobile,” stated Taylor. “And I used to be strolling up and down the pit and pondering, what the heck am I going to do right here? We have to step as much as the following degree. And I referred to as Michael and stated I feel I’m prepared to do that partnership. And Michael and J-F and and Rob flew down. And we actually did it there.
“In an effort to compete now towards Ganassi and Penske, and all people else, we simply felt that we would have liked to have a partnership with somebody who may carry rather a lot to the desk. Though we’ve been in sports activities automobile racing longer than them, they’ve main belongings that which can be going to be serving to us and are serving to us with individuals and expertise and so forth. And, and thus far, it’s been simply actually unbelievable working with Michael and the blokes and the drivers and really enthusiastic about the long run future.”
Including a little bit of kismet to the deal was the truth that Honda is a companion with Andretti in IndyCar, though Honda Efficiency Improvement had no involvement within the deal. After all, Andretti additionally has ties to Acura’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship rival Cadillac because it seeks to realize a foothold in Formulation 1, however such conflicts aren’t precisely uncommon in motorsports when a workforce is competing throughout a number of championships.
The partnership is already paying dividends, notes WTR driver Ricky Taylor. As Marshall Pruett reported, Taylor could have the chance to check an Andretti Autosport Indy automobile as a part of the union as properly.
“It’s very thrilling,” he stated. “To begin with, the GTP packages, and the extent of all of the groups, has simply gone astronomical. And so to be related to WTR Andretti, it simply takes us to match the sphere and hopefully a little bit bit above. However as drivers we’re simply observing a really small half a part of the puzzle. WTR has a terrific historical past of sports activities, automobile racing and this occasion specifically, and to return right here, it’s been very a lot enterprise as normal – adapting to a brand new automobile, clearly – with the help of a few of Andretti’s technical workforce. I feel as we go alongside, it’ll most likely turn out to be rather more built-in. But it surely’s been actually cool to see already even when it’s not on the timing stand, help is there.”
At this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, WTR with Andretti Autosport is fielding the No. 10 Acura ARX-06 within the GTP class for Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Louis Deletraz and Brendan Hartley. The workforce can also be supporting the No. 93 Racers Edge with WTR Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 within the GTD class for Ashton Harrison, Kyle Marcelli, Danny Formal and Ryan Briscoe. As well as, Andretti Autosport is operating the No. 36 Ligier in LMP3 for Jarett Andretti, Gabby Chaves, Dakota Dickerson and Rasmus Lindh.
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