Cadillac DPi-V.R team Wayne Taylor Racing has won the opening three rounds of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and is looking to continue its string of wins at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this weekend.
The stiffest competition for WTR at COTA will likely be fellow Cadillac team Action Express Racing. The AXR crew has shown good pace with their two DPi-V.Rs so far this year but haven’t been able to capitalize on the potential. The team’s two entries were 2nd and sixth at Daytona, 2nd and 3rd at Sebring and seventh and eighth in Long Beach.
IMSA officials slowed the Cadillac DPi-V.R with Balance of Performance changes after WTR’s consecutive wins at Daytona and Sebring. The changes, which included longer gearing, are meant to negate the large amounts of low-end torque provided by the Cadillac’s huge 6.2-liter V8 and slow the prototype down on longer straights. Despite these changes, the WTR team won at Long Beach anyway, however the long straights of COTA may prove to be more of a challenge.
“The Cadillac 6.2L V8 makes good power, but when the air is restricted there isn’t much you can do,” said AXR’s Erica Curran. “The back straight is really long at COTA. That could be a problem for us and the other cars have shown really high top speed.”
The two Cadillac teams will take to the track for the Advanced Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown from COTA on Saturday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET. You can catch coverage on FOX Sports 11 starting at 7:00.