June 3, 2017 - Chevrolet Sports Car Classic
Taylor Brothers Earn Fifth Straight Win to Start 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Season
Not even a qualifying crash and being forced to start from the back of the Prototype pack could stop the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. from taking the checkered flag for its record fifth consecutive win for Wayne Taylor Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. One lap after setting the fast qualifying time Friday, the No. 10 Cadillac made contact with the barrier wall. The incident brought out the red flag and the long cleanup forced the end of the session. Per IMSA rules, Ricky and Jordan Taylor had to start from the back of their class for causing an incident that brought an early end to qualifying. This left the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. starting 1-2 for Saturday’s 100-minute Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. Starting 12th in the field, Ricky Taylor was able to work the No. 10 Cadillac up to fifth during the first stint before giving way to brother Jordan 26 minutes into the race. The Wayne Taylor Racing team was able to move Jordan Taylor up to third during a yellow flag pit stop and then the team advanced to second place following the final green flag pit stop of the race. Taylor took the lead from Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Cadillac with 21 minutes remaining while Cameron was on pit lane. The Konica Minolta machine held on as Taylor finished 4.948 seconds ahead of Cameron for the team’s fifth straight victory and most improbable win of them all. James French and Pato O’Ward of Performance Tech Motorsports earned their fourth consecutive win in the Prototype Challenge class while Andy Lally and Katherine Legge produced a landmark victory with the first win for the new Acura NSX GT3 in the GTD class for Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian.
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