IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor

Jordan Taylor, the 27-year-old younger son of team owner Wayne Taylor, returns to the team for the seventh consecutive season in 2019 with his second-year full-time co-driver Renger van der Zande. The duo finished third in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship behind their victory at the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, four podium finishes in all. That season came on the heels of Taylor’s second career Prototype-class driver championship in his last of four consecutive seasons co-driving with his older brother Ricky. The 2017 championship season started with an incredible five consecutive victories – including the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring events – as the Taylor brothers debuted the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Prior to his four-year run with his older brother, Taylor co-drove with veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli to the championship in the final season of the Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series in 2013. Taylor also co-drove the factory Chevrolet Corvette C6.R ZR1 to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2015 after a runner-up finish in 2014. Taylor scored a second series championship in 2017, driving a Cadillac ATS-V.R coupe to a Pirelli World Challenge title during the six-race SprintX portion of the schedule. Prior to the 2019 season, Taylor has 20 victories and 44 podium finishes in 112 sportscar races since his Rolex Series debut in 2008.

Renger van der Zande

Renger van der Zande

Dutch veteran Renger van der Zande returns to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for his second season as full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor behind the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. The duo finished third in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship behind their victory at the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, four podium finishes in all. Van der Zande started his run with the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac team with a bang as he promptly qualified on the pole in his very first race – the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. Prior to joining Taylor, van der Zande co-drove with Belgian sportscar ace Marc Goosens with the No. 90 VisitFlorida Racing Prototype-class entry, a season that included a signature win at the penultimate round of the 2018 season at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, which came thanks to van der Zande’s dramatic pass for the lead during the closing moments of the race. The Dutch driver also co-drove to a solid podium finish at 2017 Rolex 24 and had been a recent fixture on the IMSA WeatherTech circuit, scoring nine race wins, 18 podium finishes and the 2016 championship for the LMPC-class Starworks Motorsport team during a three-year run that begin in 2014. Prior to his arrival on the North American scene in 2013, he had driven in virtually every major racing series worldwide, including Formula Renault, A1GP, GP2, German Touring Car, World Endurance Championship, Porsche SuperCup, and the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Matthieu Vaxiviere

Matthieu Vaxiviere

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) regular Matthieu Vaxiviere of France joins full-time co-drivers Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s North American Endurance Cup events at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. The 24-year-old French driver, a native of Limoges, France, has competed with the No. 28 TDS Racing Oreca Gibson LMP2-class team in the WEC since 2017, scoring a podium finish at England’s Silverstone circuit in 2017 and a pair of top-fives at Japan’s Fuji circuit in 2017 and 2018 and another top-five at Belgium’s Spa Francourchamps circuit in 2018. He also competed with the French team in last year’s opening three European Le Mans Series events, bringing home runner-up finishes at Circuit Paul Ricard in France and Monza, Italy, and raced in the series’ next three events with the Spanish Racing Engineering team at Silverstone, Spa and Portugal’s Portimao Circuit. The 2011 French F4 champion was runner-up in the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series with three wins and 10 podium finishes in 17 races in his second season with the Lotus Junior Team. Vaxiviere began racing karts in France as a 10-year-old in 2005, and has also competed in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, V de V Endurance Cup, French GT, and 2e Grand Prix Electrique.