Corvette Daytona Prototype Carries Taylor Brothers To Lone Star Le Mans Victory
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jordan Taylor held off a charging Dane Cameron to win Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas. It was the third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype started by Ricky Taylor, enabling the brothers to close to within seven points in the Prototype class battle with only one race remaining.

Cameron ran down Taylor and pulled alongside him with 13 minutes remaining, but Taylor held on to the lead, beating Cameron to the checkered flag by 1.421 seconds. That ended a two-race winning streak for the No. 31 Action Express Racing Whelen Engineering Corvette DP.

 “During the strategy meeting coming into this race, we talked about going for the win or going for the points,” said Ricky Taylor, who started from the pole. “Today was all about the win. I think the team did a great job. The stops were all great and the strategy was perfect. I feel like we had a great car the last 3 times we were here, and it’s great to finally get a win.” 

Jordan Taylor admitted feeling the heat in the latter stages of the event.

“I had an issue where the car went off the track a bit, and when I hit the accelerator the traction control didn’t catch it,” Jordan Taylor said. “I instantly turned off traction control to try and whip the car around and eventually put myself in a really bad spot. Thankfully, the guys were able to walk me through what was wrong and I was able to fix it. It was hot today, and I did two hours, 10 minutes. If it wasn’t for our new cool suit technology, I don’t think we would have made it.”

Action Express teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa finished third in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP. Entering the season-ending Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 1, Curran and Cameron unofficially have 285 points to 284 for Fittipaldi and Barbosa, with the Taylor brothers third with 278 points. 

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.com

NOTEBOOK

  • In a key moment of the race, the Action Express Racing teammates got together in Turn 13 on the seventh lap while battling for fourth. Fittipaldi spun and continued – losing four positions in the process. Curran was assessed a drive-through penalty for the contact, falling to last in the class and 40 seconds behind the leader.

“I was racing for position with my teammate Christian,” Curran said. I thought we had a little bit faster Whelen Engineering Corvette at that point of the race. He went a little wide in a few corners. I got up next to him and got a run on him, but I didn’t expect his move. I stayed in my position, but I hit the curb. Unfortunately, that bounced me into him and spun him around. That’s not what I wanted – that’s not the way I race.”​

  • The first caution waved at the 34-minute mark when Marc Goossens lost the driveshaft on the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP while running fourth. Co-driver Ryan Dalziel later rejoined the race 36 laps down, avoiding the team’s first mechanical DNF since Road America in 2013, when it retired with gearbox problems.
  • The second and final caution period began moments after the initial restart 52 minutes into the race. When the event went back to green, the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda Ligier JS P2 of John Pew and the No. 0 Panoz DeltaWing Coupe of Katherine Legge spun in Turn 1. Pew collected a temporary WeatherTech sign on his windshield. He drove through several corners but was unable to shed the sign, forcing him to stop and bringing out a brief caution. Legge was assessed a drive-through penalty for the contact.

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