© Andrew S. Hartwell
At last year's Rolex 24 hours of Daytona, the Daytona Prototype fans really didn't have many teams or drivers to get excited about or root for. At this year's event, the choices are many and, who knows, the fans just might number in the many as well.
When you look at the 18 or so DP teams planning to start the race, you see both some obscure and some familiar names. CGR is Chip Ganassi Racing and they are certainly a "name" team that fans both familiar with sportscar racing, and those who will soon discover the Grand-Am formula, can root for. And if you like going with proven veterans, CGR is not your only option. Not by a long shot.
There will be several veteran prototype sportscar teams vying for the DP podium come the weekend of January 29. Outfits like Bell, Brumos, Doran-Lista and at least one other very familiar name, Wayne Taylor, will be sure to attract the fans. Taylor is a two-time World Sports Car champion and he has won the Rolex 24 before (1996, in a Riley & Scott Mark III).
Before coming back into the game of sportscar racing as the team principal, car owner, and lead driver in the #10 SunTrust Racing Riley-Pontiac Daytona Prototype, Taylor was a big part of the General Motors Cadillac prototype program. When GM abandoned what looked to be a car that was finally showing some promise, Taylor opted to retire as a driver.