Still Perfect: Cadillac, Taylor Brothers Make it Five Straight with Detroit Win
It wasn't exactly how the team drew it up, but the points-leading No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R of brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor kept its perfect season alive Saturday with a fifth consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle.
Starting the race in the 12th position after a Friday qualifying incident, Ricky Taylor methodically moved his way through the field before pitting from the fifth position during the race's lone caution period, which came 26 minutes into the 100-minute sprint race. His younger brother Jordan Taylor took over from there, and with the help of pit strategy from the No. 10 team, eventually took the lead from the No. 31 Whelen Cadillac DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron with 21 minutes remaining when Cameron made his final pit stop.
"I almost ruined it yesterday with my mistake in qualifying," said Ricky Taylor. "The car was in a million pieces and we were starting from the back. I thought today was just going to be a points day and just finish in the top three or four. This one was earned by the team, staying up past midnight and giving us an unbelievable car today."
While the Taylors have been nearly flawless this season, the Detroit win largely can be attributed to the crew of the No. 10 Cadillac. In addition to making repairs late into the night, it was the work on pit road during the race that ultimately won the team the race.
The first pit stop saw the team move from fifth to third under the yellow flag. When it came down to final green flag pit stops, Jordan Taylor pitted from the third position with 43 minutes remaining, and came out in the second position. With Taylor clicking off a series off fast laps, including the fastest lap of the race, by the time the race-leading Cadillac of Cameron hit pit road, Taylor easily claimed the lead.
Cameron and co-driver Eric Curran matched their season-best finish of second, 4.948 seconds behind the Taylors. Rounding out the podium was the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi of Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito, the team's first podium with the Mazda DPi.
For many IMSA competitors the conclusion of the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic marks the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the race's Test Day on Sunday. Among those making the trek immediately from Detroit to France are the Taylors, who would like to translate their IMSA success into a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory.
"It's always good to have confidence in yourself, especially at a place like Le Mans," said Jordan Taylor. "It's a stressful event, but coming out of here with a win will help me sleep a little better on the plane tonight."
The next WeatherTech Championship race is the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen from Watkins Glen International on Sunday, July 2. The race - which also represents the third round of the four-race Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup - will feature all four WeatherTech Championship classes.
Results for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic are available at Results.IMSA.com.
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