Sixteen years after winning the inaugural Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, Wayne Taylor brought his boys and a long-time friend to victory lane in the 10-hour TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season finale at Road Atlanta.
Ricky and Jordan Taylor co-drove the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Corvette DP with Max Angelelli to victory, holding off the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP by 11.062 seconds. They completed 400 laps – 1,016 miles – as the brothers became the first American-born drivers to win the event overall.
“It’s a great way to end the year,” Jordan Taylor said. “We’ve won the last race the last three seasons, and it’s a great trend we hope to continue. My dad won the first Petit Le Mans, so we’ve always heard about this race. He always talks highly about it, putting it up with Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, We’ve had the car to beat the last two races, so we’re definitely looking forward to next season.”
Action Express Racing finished second, with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa joined by IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 5 Corvette DP.
While it was denied the race victory, Action Express piled up several accolades throughout the event. They clinched the TUDOR Championship team title with the waving of the green flag, and less than two hours later Fittipaldi and Barbosa drove the required distance to secure the drivers’ crown.
At the eight-hour mark, the team wrapped up the $100,000 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup team championship by leading the second segment in the unique competition rewarding competitors in the four endurance races in the TUDOR Championship: the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida and Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.Read More at IMSA.com
The inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has been one of growth for both IMSA and its competitors, perhaps highlighted best by the saga of the DeltaWing DWC13.
The DeltaWing was initially developed by Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) to be the possible future chassis of the IndyCar Series. The car was based off of a simple, yet radical formula: a significant reduction in horsepower and aero drag with a drastic increase in efficiency to create an alternative yet competitive racecar.
Eventually the DeltaWing transitioned from concept to reality as it began to enter events in sports car endurance racing with the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The car pleased those who drove it, surprised competitors and sparked conversation everywhere it went.Read More at IMSA.com
Turning his fastest lap in the final 15 minutes, Gustavo Yacaman led Thursday evening’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship night practice for Saturday’s 17th Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.
Yacaman ran a lap of 1:14.923 (122.045 mph) in the No. 42 OAK Racing Ligier J2 P2/Honda co-driven by Alex Brundle and Ho-Pin Tung. The 10-hour distance classic at Road Atlanta will be the second race for the Ligier chassis in the U.S., coming off a TOTAL Pole Award by Brundle and a second-place finish in the recent race at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.Read More at IMSA.com
The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will conclude at Road Atlanta on Saturday with the 17th annual of Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.
Titles in both the TUDOR Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup will be on the line in the race, which takes the green flag at 11:15 a.m. ET Petit Le Mans will run the full 10-hour distance. In the past, the event was scheduled for 1,000 miles or 10 hours.
The finale will crown champions in the Prototype (P), GT Le Mans (GTLM), Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. While only the PC driver title has been decided in favor of Colin Braun and Jon Bennett, PC team honors will go down to the line in the finale, in addition to driver, team and manufacturer honors in all other classes.
Petit Le Mans also will conclude the Patrón Endurance Cup, a four-race competition featuring the four longest races on the TUDOR Championship schedule. The Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida and Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen join Petit Le Mans in the competition, which awards points for each class at strategic points in each event.Read More at IMSA.com