Cadillac Racing Owns the Podium in Canada

Cadillac Racing took first and third places from the weekend’s rain-shortened Pirelli World Challenge SprintX round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Exquisite pit strategy delivered victory to Michael Cooper and Jordan Taylor in the No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R after a horrible qualifying session left the pair starting from the back half of the grid for Race 1 on Saturday. The team had always planned to extend Cooper’s starting stint until the end of the 10-minute pit window, however, an incident would cause the full course caution to fly just as the Pratt & Miller boys were servicing the No.8 Cadillac.

This effectively left Jordan Taylor with a lap in hand and 27 minutes remaining on the race clock, continuing the pairings impeccable luck from the last round at Virginia International Raceway.

“That was about the easiest race I have ever won,” Jordan said. “Michael did the hard work, he passed about 12 cars during his stint at the start. When we pitted we were basically a lap ahead. It was a strategy call that won the race and the yellow really helped. Michael did a great job. It was my job to bring it home. It is harder to drive when you are not under pressure and don’t have to push, the car handles completely different. I was just being cautious not to make a mistake.”

Johnny O’Connell and Ricky Taylor in the No.3 ATS-V.R also had a good afternoon, converting their fourth place qualifying spot into a third place finish behind the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3.

“You never know what is going to happen in this SprintX racing,” O’Connell said. “The No. 8 guys must be Irish and I must be adopted, they had the luck today. I am proud of the job Ricky and I did. We had a good race, no mistakes. Just about everyone got caught out with the yellow. I would execute the same way again. We made up time on the Porsche and went from third to second in that stop. Luck has always been a part of racing.”

The weekend’s second race was canceled thanks to rain showers which had turned torrential by the time Sunday’s late afternoon start time rolled around, excitement for a race in different conditions quickly turned to disappointment as streams of water flowing across the track scuttled plans to get the race underway.

PWC officials said the race will be made-up at a later date but have yet to make an announcement.