Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan and Ricky Taylor charged from last to first in the Prototype class in Sunday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic from Detroit to win their fifth consecutive race of the 2017 IMSA season.
After a crash in qualifying relegated the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R to last on the grid for the start of Saturday’s race, the WTR team was forced to press extra-hard in the sprint race. Ricky Taylor drove the first stint and turned in several fast laps to move into fifth.
Fellow Cadillac racing team Action Express was WTR’s stiffest competition Saturday, with the No. 31 DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran moving into first to lead the race in its late stages. With Jordan now in the No. 10 car, however, the No. 31 car felt intense pressure from the other Cadillac. With Cameron’s fuel strategy a bit off, he was forced to pit, allowing Taylor to sail past into the lead and take the win over Cameron by just under four seconds.
The No. 70 Mazda RT24P of Tom Long and Joel Miller split the two AXR Cadillacs with a third-place finish, with the pole-sitting No. 5 AXR car of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi third. Stephen Simpson, with teammate Mikhail Goikhberg, was sixth in the JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca after spinning trying to pass Barbosa. This allowed Tristen Nunez in the No. 55 Mazda to sneak past and take fifth.
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