Despite spewing the guts of their 6.2-liter LT1 all over Road Atlanta this weekend at Petit Le Mans, the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac still took home the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Simply starting the race was enough to win the DPi drivers and team championships for 2017. However, WTR's retirement did hand the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup to rivals Action Express. Unsurprisingly, Cadillac was also crowned king of the manufacturers after its cars won seven out of ten races this season.

"We are happy to win the championship," Ricky Taylor said. "The team and car have run flawlessly all year. It's too bad to have an issue at Petit when we were fighting for the TPNAEC title. It was a crazy start to the race with the wet and then going dry. It was a lot of work at the start. The team did a great job all year, everyone at Cadillac, Dallara and our sponsors at Konica Minolta all have a hand this championship. The five wins to start the season was great and especially winning the Rolex 24 and Sebring - the stuff all drivers dream about."

"Being with Ricky the past four years, we have been close to winning the championship," Jordan Taylor said. "It means a lot to win it with family and Max is like family, as well. We started the year strong with five straight wins. Add the victories at Daytona and Sebring, Ricky had all of those poles, and we won Long Beach, too. Winning at Detroit is great, as well. We are a family team. The crew is very close. We were the first ones to work with the Cadillac this year. For us to win the championship with Cadillac, the ECR guys and Dallara in the first year of the DPi prototypes is special. For us to win the championship, it means a lot to everyone who developed the car, as well as our sponsor Konica Minolta."

The team now takes a much-deserved rest before the 2018 season kicks off in early January with the Roar Before the 24 test session (Jan. 5-7) at Daytona International Speedway before the season officially gets underway with the Rolex 24 Hours at the end of the month.