June 4, 2016 - Chevrolet Sports Car Classic
Wayne Taylor Racing Earns Third Sports Car Win in Four Years on Belle Isle
A great run from a mid-race restart in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers was just what Jordan Taylor needed to take the lead and hold on for his fourth career victory in Detroit, and second with brother Ricky. Action Express Racing started on the pole and Christian Fittipaldi led the first 26 laps of the race before he pitted under caution and turned the No.5 Corvette over to co-driver Joao Barbosa. When the green flag restarted the race with 48 minutes left, a group of lapped GT Daytona (GTD) cars were out front, with two Prototype Challenge (PC) cars behind them and then the Corvette Prototypes of Barbosa and Jordan Taylor. Taylor was able to pass Barbosa and the two PC cars to take the class and overall lead and was able to hold on to take the checkered flag 1.740 seconds ahead of Barbosa. It marked the fourth career win on Belle Isle for Jordan Taylor, the third Sports Car victory in four years for Wayne Taylor Racing in Detroit and the second for the pairing of the Taylor Brothers, backing up their win from 2014. Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez finished third for the first podium result for Mazda Motorsports in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition. Leaving Detroit the Chevrolet Corvette teams of Fittipaldi/Barbosa and Taylor/Taylor were tied 151 points apiece in the Prototype championship standings. Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow finished third overall to win the PC class while Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating finished 10th overall in winning the GTD class.
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