Cadillac Racing enjoyed a relatively “dominant” weekend in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, claiming second through fourth place at Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It was the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R that had the honor of bringing home Cadillac’s best result of the race, followed closely by the No. 31 Whelen Engineering and No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi cars. Cadillac V-Performance’s fourth contender in IMSA’s Prototype class – the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona car – skipped out on Canada and could miss additional races due to a lack of funding, Sportscar365 has reported.
Starting from second on the grid, the No. 10 Konica Minolta car surged in the opening moments of the race to assume second place, holding that position until the first caution at about the 22-minute mark. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac was able to pit for a driver change just before the yellow flag, assuming second-place as the race restarted. At about an hour into the race, the Konica Minolta car found its way into the lead, followed close by the Whelen Engineering car, and by the third race caution at about an hour and 15, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac found itself not far behind in fourth.
Renger Van Der Zande and Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Cadillac maintained the lead until late in the race, when another two cautions allowed the No. 54 Oreca to close the gap and eventually pass the Konica Minolta car with about 13 minutes left on the clock.
“I think we had a dominant day, all things considered,” Taylor said after the race. “Renger was able to control things from the front once the 6 car went off strategy. We were basically in fuel-saving mode and staying out of trouble. Renger had a flawless stint and pulled a good gap. And, once I was in, we were still able to control things and had good pace.
“But, as soon as the 54 car came through the field, there was no stopping them. All things considered, I think a second-place finish is good for the championship. It should’ve been a win, but that part of it was out of our control. So, we’ll go to Road America and keep fighting and hopefully contend for some wins.”