Team OwnerS

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor

Three-time sports-car-racing champion Wayne Taylor started Wayne Taylor Racing in 2007, along with his teammate Max Angelelli. As a driver, Taylor has won some of the most prestigious events in all of motorsports around the world – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 At Daytona (twice), the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998. To cap it all off, Taylor teamed with Max “The Ax” Angelelli to win the 2005 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series championship in a season that began with his second career Rolex 24 win and ended with five wins and 10 podium finishes in 14 races, and the completion of all 2,056 race laps contested that year. Since its beginnings in 2007, Taylor’s entries have finished in the top-three in the Rolex Series and subsequent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings every year but one, highlighted by the 2013 Prototype-class championship co-driven by Angelelli and younger son Jordan Taylor, and the 2017 title co-driven to by brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor. In 2017, Wayne Taylor’s career with manufacturer Cadillac went full circle with the introduction of the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. From 2000 through 2002, Taylor campaigned and co-drove the historic Cadillac NorthStar LMP900 prototype in the IMSA America Le Mans Series. Taylor has been inducted into both the South Africa Hall of Fame as well as the Sebring International Raceway Hall of Fame.

Max Angelelli

Max Angelelli

As a driver, veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli was known for his flamboyant ability to cut through race traffic as one of the winningest drivers in North American sports car racing history with 27 career victories. Since joining forces with three-time champion Wayne Taylor in 1999, he has also been a flamboyant partner both on and off the racetrack with Taylor. They co-drove to a runner-up finish in the 1999 Rolex 24 At Daytona in the Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari. Angelelli and Taylor then collaborated in the historic Cadillac NorthStar LMP900 prototype in IMSA American Le Mans Series competition from 2000 through 2002. From 2004 through 2006, Angelelli and Taylor were perennial championship contenders in the Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series, winning the title in 2005 in runaway fashion. And in 2007, Angelelli was a partner with Taylor in forming Wayne Taylor Racing, going on to co-drive to 17 victories in seven full-time seasons from 2007 through 2013, culminating with the 2013 Rolex Series championship alongside Taylor’s younger son Jordan Taylor. He took a part-time driving role while increasing his team management responsibilities in 2014, co-driving with the Taylor brothers to victory alongside brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor in the 2014 season-ending Petit Le Mans. In 2017, Angelelli saw the fruition of a two-year project he was deeply involved in, working with Cadillac, Dallara and Earnhardt Childress Racing engines to orchestrate the historic introduction of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.

 



Management

Travis Houge

Travis Houge

Title: General Manager
Date of Birth: 6/22
Place of Birth: Fairmont, MN
Hometown: Dolliver, Iowa
Current Residence: Brownsburg, IN

 

In 2014, having joined WTR in the Fall of 2006 as Crew Chief, Travis Houge became Team Manager and now, as General Manager, currently oversees all operations of the Wayne Taylor Racing operation including the successful IMSA WeatherTech prototype program as well as the championship winning Super Trofeo driver development program run on behalf of Prestige Performance. Prior to joining WTR, Houge worked with Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Grand-Am program in 2004-2005 as front-end assembly specialist and before that in the NHRA Drag Racing Series for Don Prudhomme Racing as a Pit Crew Mechanic, which included building and maintaining top fuel engines.

Brian Pillar

Brian Pillar

Shop Duties: Technical Director
Pit Stop Duties: Race Strategy
Date of Birth: 11/27
Place of Birth: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Alliston, Ontario, Canada
Current Residence: Westfield, IN 

 

Brian Pillar joined Wayne Taylor Racing December 2007 and has been WTR’s Technical Director overseeing the prototype program since 2011. Engineer for RealTime Racing in the SCCA Speed World Challenge series from 2004 to 2007, with drivers Peter Cunningham and Pierre Kleinubing. Won the driver and manufacturers championships in 2005 and 2006. Engineer and Crew Chief for Tecmark Autosport in the SCCA World Challenge series in 2003, with driver Nic Jonsson. Worked with Hyundai Motorsports in the Grand-Am Series in 2002. Began racing career at the Basi Motorsport School near Montreal, QB in 2001. Designed Formula SAE race cars while completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Krista Elliott Riley

Krista Elliott Riley

Title: Partnership Management
Date of Birth: 3/25
Place of Birth: Trenton, NJ
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Current Residence: Zionsville, IN

 

Involved in motorsports marketing, sponsorship, event management and promotion for over 20 years, Krista originally came on board to work side-by-side Wayne Taylor when he was still comfortably seated in the cockpit. Krista now assists the Wayne Taylor Racing family of drivers, Corporate and Technical  Partners, in both the IWSC and Lamborghini ST programs, with their track activation, corporate PR and promotional, merchandising, B2B development and other Client Services needs.