INDIANAPOLIS – Wayne Taylor Racing has announced that Alex Lynn will join full-time co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor for two of the remaining three Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup events.
Lynn, who joins the team to replace the now-retired Max Angelelli, will drive with the Taylor brothers in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R at both the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October.
Sebring will mark Lynn’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut.
The 23-year-old British driver completed his second season in 2016 with the French DAMS team in the GP2 Series – the recognized stepping stone to Formula One – and is also a development driver for the renowned Williams Martini Racing F1 team.
In 43 GP2 starts the past two seasons, Lynn recorded five race wins, two pole positions and three fastest race laps, finishing sixth in the final point standings both years.
“I am delighted to be making my IMSA debut with the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team – the racing team and carmaker who both have such an incredible heritage and passionate desire to win,” said Lynn. “I would like to sincerely thank (team owner) Wayne (Taylor) and Max for trusting me to join Ricky and Jordan in this incredible race car. I look forward to learning a lot from the entire team and playing my part in building on the fantastic recent result at Daytona. I fully expect us to be fighting for wins at Sebring and Road Atlanta.”
Lynn began his single-seater career in Formula Renault UK, dominating the 2011 championship with a record 12 wins in 20 starts. He was subsequently named British Club Driver of the Year at the 2011 Autosport Awards. He moved up to British F3 the following year and finished fourth before progressing to the prestigious FIA European F3 Championship in 2013, claiming third in the standings as the highest finishing rookie. He ended the season with a dominant victory in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix.
In 2014, Lynn wrapped up the GP3 title with a record points margin and became the first Englishman to claim the title before moving up to GP2 in 2015 and 2016.
While the bulk of his career has been spent in open-wheel cars, Lynn is certainly no stranger to prototypes, having contested the Japan, Shanghai and Bahrain rounds of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship with the Manor Racing LMP2 team, scoring fastest race laps, lap records, pole positions and fastest stint averages along the way.
Lynn also co-drove to a second-place finish in the United Autosports LMP3 entry at December’s Gulf 12-Hour race in Abu Dhabi, qualifying on the pole and recording the fastest stint average.
“We welcome Alex to the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team with hopes of picking up where we left off at Daytona,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “Alex is a very polished, young competitor who is cut from the same mold as Ricky and Jordan and Max in his ability to fight his way to the front and to stay there in seemingly any kind of racecar. He will be an ideal representative of this team, for Konica Minolta, for Cadillac and for all our partners.”
Sebring will mark the first time since 1999 that Wayne Taylor Racing will compete without the services of Angelelli in the cockpit.
CREDIT: True Speed Communication for Wayne Taylor Racing