IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Ricky Taylor traded in his No.10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac machine for Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud’s No.1 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet at a private test session at the Homestead Miami Speedway.
Taylor was joined by Simon Pagenaud who gave him a step by step guide as to how the No.1 Chevrolet works but the pair were also joined by Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya.
The test was made possible by Chevrolet and General Motors as a thank you to Taylor who has won seven races in the last four years, most recently at the Daytona 24 Hours.
Although the test was a one off, Taylor hopes that maybe one day he will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Speaking following the test he commented by saying:
“It can’t hurt. “Every driver dreams to be an Indy car driver. It can’t hurt to be involved with (Team Penske); there are no negatives to that. To get to know all the guys and get to drive the car and get an actual feel for it in a low-pressure environment is a great opportunity for me. Even if it doesn’t lead to anything, it’s a big learning opportunity.
Pagenaud spoke about Taylor after setting up the car for the IMSA driver saying:
Ricky’s definitely shown that he deserves to drive Indy cars. “When you get the call to test for Team Penske, it’s really cool. It’s a big honor for him and for us. He’s a super-nice guy and he’s been taking it all in. It’s a great opportunity for him.
Pagenaud and Castroneves will be back on track at the Sebring International next week for the final pre-season test ahead of the opening race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg which takes place from March 10-12.