Ford IMSA outcasts in the frame for WTR drives

Wayne Taylor Racing has revealed Ford outcasts Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook are contenders to join the team for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Ford IMSA outcasts in the frame for WTR drives

Team owner Wayne Taylor said he is still weighing up options for the #10 Cadillac DPi-V.R that was piloted this season by Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande.

Taylor, younger brother of Acura Team Penske driver Ricky, is leaving his father's outfit for the 2020 campaign and is expected to join Corvette Racing's fulltime line-up in place of Jan Magnussen, while van der Zande's place at the squad is not secure.

Wayne Taylor told Motorsport.com that Briscoe joining WTR is "on the cards" but the identity of his teammate remains uncertain, although van der Zande remains "in the frame".

"We've got to think about next year and the future," continued Taylor. "Losing Jordan will be tough. I thought it was great when Ricky went to Penske [in 2018], but I didn't realise at the time how much of a loss it would be.

"I'm working really hard to find people who will fit in with a team that is really family-orientated. I've been inundated with drivers calling me and I'm working through a list right now."

#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon

#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon

Photo by: Bob Meyer

Briscoe and Westbrook have been fulltime teammates in IMSA since the Ford GT program's genesis in 2016, with the pair having been joined by IndyCar ace Scott Dixon for the long-distance endurance races and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The trio finished second in class in last weekend's Petit Le Mans season finale in the final outing for the Blue Oval's works effort after four seasons (pictured above).

Asked about the prospect of Westbrook joining Briscoe at WTR, Taylor replied: "He's always been on my list. I introduced him to [Chip] Ganassi [whose team ran the Ford IMSA program] and he's someone I rate very highly."

Read Also:

It's understood that Dixon is likewise firmly in the frame to reprise his 'third man' role for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sebring 24 Hours and Petit Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi has already been confirmed to return to WTR for the Rolex 24 next season following his triumph alongside Taylor, van der Zande and Fernando Alonso this year - and Taylor indicated the team has an option on the Japanese driver for Petit Le Mans.

Alonso will not return for the Daytona race, as his participation in the Dakar Rally rules him out of the mandatory 'Roar Before the 24' test in early January.

#10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac DPi, DPi: Renger Van Der Zande, Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi

#10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac DPi, DPi: Renger Van Der Zande, Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi

Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

shares
comments

Doonan: “A lot of work to do” to bring sportscar regs closer

How Acura won two titles, despite Honda’s F1 distraction

How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

Prime
Prime
IMSA
Daytona 24 Hours
Gary Watkins

How MSR took Acura to Rolex 24 win How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Prime
Prime
IMSA
Daytona 24 Hours
Gary Watkins

Inside BMW's prototype racing return Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era

How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era

Prime
Prime
IMSA
Charles Bradley

How Porsche, Penske are gearing up How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Prime
Prime
General
Gary Watkins

The stand-ins who got it right The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

Prime
Prime
IMSA
Gary Watkins

Sportscars long road to convergence The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

Prime
Prime
WEC
Michael Cotton

How Porsche changed the game in LM24 How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

Prime
Prime
Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans
Kevin Turner

Why BMW is a dark horse for 2024 Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push

Prime
Prime
IMSA
Charles Bradley

Brit duo at heart of Lexus GT push The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push