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Our People: Wayne Taylor

Buffalo City's most successful sports car racing driver, Wayne Taylor is a three-time sports car champion and, most recently, one of the most successful racing team owners in the United States.

Wayne, a product of Selborne College in East London, won the South African National Drivers Championship in 1986 before going on to clinch the 1996 and 2005 24 Hours of Daytona races. He has also won the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Inaugural Petit Le Mans.

In 2007, Taylor - now based in Florida in the US - joined forces with former teammate Max Angelelli to create Wayne Taylor Racing, which has clinched a collective 31 titles, including two Rolex Rolex at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and two Petit Le Mans wins.

In 2019, Wayne was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame, which was established in 2016 to honour South Africans who have accomplished greatness in sports or entertainment.

Wayne became only the fourth racing driver inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Sarel van der Merwe and F1 racers Ian Scheckter and Jody Scheckter (also from East London).

Driver Career Statistics

  • Inducted into the South Africa Hall of Fame (2019)

  • Inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame (2014)

  • Two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion (1996, 2005)

  • Three-time sports car champion (1994, 1996, 2005)

  • Inaugural Petit Le Mans winner (1998)

  • Prototype winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1998)

  • 12 Hours of Sebring winner (1996)

Team Owner Career Statistics

  • Wayne Taylor Racing enters its 14th season in 2020

  • Two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships (2013, 2017)

  • Two Rolex 24 at Daytona Wins (2017, 2019)

  • One 12 Hours of Sebring Wins (2017)

  • Two Petit Le Mans Wins (2014, 2018)

  • Detroit Grand Prix Wins (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

  • Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach (2015, 2016, 2017)

  • Eight IMSA Manufacturer Championships

    • Pontiac, Corvette and Cadillac brands of General Motors

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