Jordan Taylor: “Many drivers have extraordinary personalities”

Jordan Taylor will, for once, drive a Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We spoke with the whimsical American pilot during the weigh-in this Saturday. The opportunity to ask him if he came with Rodney Sandstorm.

Published on 08/06/2024 à 11:47

Valentin GLO

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Jordan Taylor: “Many drivers have extraordinary personalities”

Jordan Taylor will not wear Acura colors at Le Mans - Photo: Javier Jimenez / DPPI

Jordan Taylor, here you are in LMGT3 and with Ferrari ! How do you feel ?

It's good to be back! Obviously, this will be my first race with Ferrari and Spirit of Race. This will be a very intense category with over 20 cars where it looks like everyone will be in contention to win. The fight will certainly be close, as was the case in WEC and ELMS so far. It will all be a question of execution. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes in the pits and on the track will be in the lead.

You have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Corvette in GTE Pro in 2015. Do you think things will be very different with the GT3s?

Yeah, I'm not sure about the pace. In driver manner, the GT3 is a bit friendlier with ABS and other aids. I wouldn't be surprised if this category is tighter than the GTE. You have fewer options from a strategic perspective. This should be easier for fans to follow, but it will certainly deprive you of some strategic points.

What will be your role with your teammates?

My experience ! This will be my ninth 24 Hours of Le Mans, so I can give as much information as possible on and off the track, understand what we do on scrutineering days, like here today, and deal with the media while remaining focused on why we are here. It's very important not to lose energy on those days when it's easy to get distracted. It's very exciting to talk to the media, take photos, make videos, but our job here is to drive the car. We must therefore ensure that everyone remains focused on their work. It's Conrad's first time here, he's only 18 years old. The last time Johnny was here was eight years ago. So I try to pass on to them the little things I have learned over the years.

Will your alter ego Rodney Sandstorm be there with you?

He's not here, it was too late a call! I know, everyone is disappointed. He was there last year. Maybe he could come back next year!

How important is it for you to bring that extra layer beyond your driving skills?

You'd be surprised that many drivers have extraordinary personalities, but that's hard to see from the outside. They internalize. So I like to show a little of my personality to others. It's good to have fun. We are here to drive race cars and make a living. So it's serious, but at the same time, it's not as serious as a lot of the problems that the world around us is facing. We need to remember that racing is fun work and we need to have fun.

Comments collected by Michaël Duforest, in Le Mans.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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