By Briar Starr, Staff Writer
Longtime competitors in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti AutoSport will expand their GTP program to full-time two entries for the 2024 season which begins at the Rolex 24 Daytona next year.
Currently both full-time season drivers of Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque are anticipated to pilot the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06. Plans for other co-drivers that will be announced at a later date.
Both Team Owners Wayne Taylor and Michael Andretti have commented on the move.
“It has always been our plan to go to a two-car program,” said Taylor. “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. HPD 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.”
The IMSA program is just one of many motorsports disciplines that Andretti Autosport competes in. In each of the other series that Andretti participates in they have multiple entries. The expansion to two cars in IMSA brings that operation more in line with their other programs.
“Expanding to a two-car program displays the progression and success of not only the WTRAndretti team, but our Acura and HPD relationship in the new GTP era,” added Andretti, Chairman & CEO, Andretti Autosport. “Our focus at Andretti Autosport, bringing our experience and reach, is to support WTRAndretti in finding the right people and providing the right resources to continue on our winning path.”
The next race for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is scheduled to take place at Watkins Glen International Raceway for the annual Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen between June 22-25.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will be broadcast on IMSA TV and Peacock Premium at 10:35 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 25, as well as USA Network at 2:00 p.m. ET.