The Cadillac DPi-V.R is Still IMSA’s Fastest Car

After a sew of BoP adjustments, which culminated in a new engine for the Cadillacs, the four DPi-V.Rs were still the fastest cars on track during the Roar Before the Rolex 24.

Last weekend’s test saw Cadillac take the first four positions on the timesheet, ensuring that all four teams will have their pit boxes and garages at the front of pitlane for the Rolex 24 in two weeks time.

Leading the quartet was the No. 31 Whelen Engineering car, which turned in a best time of 1:35.806 with former F1 driver Felipe Nasr at the wheel. He was followed by Tristan Vautier in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac with a 1:36.037, then Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling DPi with a 1:36.135. In fourth came the defending champion No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, which cranked out a 1:36.481 in the hands of new recruit Renger Van Der Zande.

“Obviously, we’re coming back for a second year with our car,” said Jordan Taylor, co-driver of the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. “As a team, we’ve been racing here for 10-15 years, so we have a lot of experience here at Daytona and with this package, so we expected to come on strong. As the testing has gone on – we started at the front, and everyone is kind of working their way up towards where we are. Our increments of improvement are very small, because we have our car pretty well sorted, and everyone else is taking big chunks.”

The 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona will run from Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, January 28.