Reprint from GM Authority Sam McEachern
Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan and Ricky Taylor drove their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to a fourth consecutive overall win in Saturday’s IMSA Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown from Circuit of the Americas.
The Wayne Taylor Racing squad qualified on pole for the race, with Ricky turning in a lap that was nearly a second and a half faster than the next fastest car, the No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi. The team was never really challenged for the lead, with Ricky driving a dominant opening stint before turning driving duties over to Jordan. The younger Taylor brother put in an equally as strong performance, setting the fastest lap of the race and beating the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R of Action Express to the finish line by nearly 20 seconds.
“It was really nice today,” said Ricky Taylor post-race. “It was one of the best race cars I’ve ever had. The team has just done an amazing preparation for this car. We’re just getting to know it more and more. Every race weekend we’re learning. This weekend, it shows how much we’ve developed through the year. We unloaded off the truck really strong, then qualified really well. It was fantastic.”
The podium was occupied solely by Cadillac drivers, with the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R rounding out the podium. The result marked the second sweep of the podium for Cadillac in four races so far this year, with the first coming at the 12 Hours of Sebring. The Cadillac DPi-V.Rs dominant performance is here to stay, it would seem, with the DPi-V.R proving to be faster than the competition Saturday despite heavy Balance of Performance changes. It’s also more reliable than the next-fastest prototype, the Nissan DPi, with the No. 2 Nissan car having caught fire in spectacular fashion towards the end of Saturday’s race.
“I think we surprised ourselves,” Jordan Taylor said. “We knew why the car was fast yesterday because we made a qualifying setup for the car. And then we went back to race settings and we thought it’d come back to us. It came back a little bit.
“We didn’t have the same gap, but I think it shows how well our team is operating with this Cadillac.”
The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship heads to Detroit next for the Chevrolet Sportscar Classic from Belle Isle Park. Click here for full results from COTA and click here for a full schedule for Belle Isle.
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