Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan and Ricky Taylor are looking to continue their IMSA WeatherTech Series win streak as the series heads to Detroit for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic from the Belle Isle street circuit.
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R is so far undefeated in IMSA competition in 2017. The Taylor duo has won at Daytona, Sebring, Long Beach and the Circuit of the Americas, which represent all three types of tracks on the IMSA schedule: a modified oval, closed street course and natural terrain road course.
Due to the immediate success of the car, IMSA has slapped the DPi-V.R with further Balance of Performance restrictions. It received heavy BoP adjustments for COTA including a gear ratio adjustment and is further slowed with a smaller air restrictor, aero dynamic restrictions and a fuel tank capacity reduction for Belle Isle.
Taylor thinks WTR will still have a shot at the win this weekend due to the tight nature of the Belle Isle circuit. They won the race the past four years with the team’s previous Corvette DP race car.
“I don’t think it is the kind of track where you will win on pure speed, although we took a big hit with the BOP on horsepower and downforce,” he said. “We still have a good shot. We have lost power and a lot of downforce. Downforce is king at a track like Belle Isle. We will focus on being good in a couple key sections of the track so we can race well. It is also a short race, 100 minutes, it will still probably be two pit stops for our Cadillac. Pit stops are an opportunity for our team to make up track position where we may have lost it on the track.”
The IMSA Chevrolet Sports Car Classic will go green on Saturday at 12:40 p.m. ET.