GM Owns IMSA in Texas

Both Cadillac and Corvette took honors in Saturday’s IMSA Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown from Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

Seeking its fourth consecutive win to start the season, Wayne Taylor Racing made its intentions clear from the outset with Ricky Taylor sticking the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R on pole with a lap that smashed the track record by three seconds and outstripped class rivals by more than a second.

“It was really nice today,” said Ricky Taylor. “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.”

No one could touch the Taylor brothers on Saturday, crossing the line nearly 20-seconds ahead of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering and the No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.Rs from Action Express Racing, the second all-Cadillac podium of the season.

Jordan Taylor attributed the team’s dominance to its familiarity with the car and with each other. “We didn’t have the same gap, but I think it shows how well our team is operating with this Cadillac. We understand how it works and I think it goes back to September of last year when we were one of the first to get the car and start testing it. We’ve done a lot of work for it, but I’m happy we got our four race wins now and we can move on to Detroit.”

With the win, the No. 10 car saw its lead in the Prototype championship standings jump to 22 points.

In the GTLM-class it would be the Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen that claimed its second win of the season in the No.3 Corvette C7.R after catastrophe intervened on the first lap.

The mess started when the No. 67 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe spun the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE of Giancarlo Fisichella, first taking out the No.66 Ford GT before clobbering the No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner, which was then smashed into by the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.

As a result of the carnage, the No.3 Corvette moved into third place behind the pair of factory BMW M6 GTLMs. After leading for a good chunk of the day, a pit-road penalty for the leading BMW allowed the No.3 car to snatch an improbable victory, considering it had caught fire just 24-hours earlier.

“This is a nice way to move on from what happened at Long Beach. But it was a crazy race,” said Magnussen. “A few cars got in trouble and got some penalties that gave Antonio a massive lead which he was kind of nurturing. I don’t think he was pushing too hard, just making sure not to make any mistakes.”

The IMSA paddock will next head to Detroit for the Chevrolet Sportscar Classic from Belle Isle Park on June 3rd, however, it will do so without the GTLM class as they prep for the 24 Hours of Le Mans just 2 weeks later.

 

 

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