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Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Racing loses podium

Despite its late pit-stop, Wayne Taylor Racing is still punished for exceeding driver time during the Rolex 24 and is stripped of its podium.
Wayne Taylor Racing has lost its third place finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona after it was punished for exceeding driver time limits.

The team – made up of Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli – had been contesting victory in the round-the-clock event and was running a close second in the final stages when Jordan Taylor unexpectedly pitted with less than ten minutes remaining.

Forced to do so after it became apparent that he would exceed the four-hour driving time limit had he raced to the end, the late pit-stop – and penalty for pitting during a caution – would see it slip to third place at the chequered flag.

However, post-race scrutiny by IMSA has discovered Taylor still exceeded the time allowed, forcing the series organisers to strip the team of its third place finish and demote it to 16th and last in the Prototype class.

“IMSA conducted a thorough review of drive times post-race, which revealed that Jordan Taylor exceeded four hours over a six-hour period late in the race,” said IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield. “Drive-time maximums are in place to ensure that drivers do not get fatigued and create safety concerns, as well as to prevent any one driver from making too large a contribution to its team's result.”

The result sees the Corvette of Richard Westbrook, Mike Rockenfeller and Michael Valiante promoted to third position.

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January 31, 2015 3:33 PM

As much as I like WTR, and feel that Ganassi team were just playing with the rest this race. The WTR disqualification is just poor team management. The last 6 hours of a race like this are run to a strict pattern, and all the outside influences are catered for. Or should be .... !!!

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