After Software Issues, Cadillac Tops the Time Sheets in Daytona

Last week the hotshot new Cadillac DPi-V.R made its first official public outing during two days of testing at Daytona International Speedway in the run up to the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Wayne Taylor Racing had its new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi on track with regulars Jordan and Ricky Taylor joined by Max “The Ax” Angelelli and retired NASCAR shoe Jeff Gordon.

Cadillac also had two more DPi-V.Rs present at the test in the hands of last season’s champions, Action Express Racing.

Returning to the No.5  Mustang Sampling car is the former Audi front-man Filipe Albuquerque, along with two-time WeatherTech Championship Prototype champions Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi. The sister No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Cadillac featured Mike Conway, rookie Seb Morris, and 2016 Prototype champions Dane Cameron and Eric Curran.

The Cadillacs suffered through software related teething issues on the morning of the first day at Daytona, but by mid afternoon all three DPi-V.Rs we settling in. By the end of the two-day test the No.31 Whelen Engineering DPi-V.R was the quickest car on the infield course at Daytona, topping the sheets with a 1:37.797 and a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

“This afternoon, we’ve had a good run,” Curran said. “We’ve had a solid car and it’s fun. I was quickest this afternoon and that feels really good to be in a new car and to feel so comfortable. We’re good. We’ll keep plugging away, but I really love the whole new program. I love the look of the car, the red and white Whelen colors, and it’s just fun to be part of this Cadillac program. It’s going to be a great season.

“We’re not the only ones in the new-car boat. Everybody’s here with us. It seems like the whole paddock is full of new cars. It’s kind of like whoever can get their new car together the quickest and be ready for the 24 coming up in January. We’ve got a good crew, we’ve got a good team and Dane and I are prepared to pick up where we left off in 2016 with the championship.”

Cars will be back on track January 6-8 for the 2017 Roar Before the 24 ahead of the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January.