The Cadillac DPi racing program was forced to settle for a best result of fifth place at the IMSA Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen over the weekend, with the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R of Jordan Taylor and Renger Van Der Zande claiming the honors. Just behind that car were the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac (Filipe Albuquerque, Gabby Chaves, Christian Fittipaldi) in sixth, and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac (Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran, Mike Conway) in seventh, while the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac (Tristan Vautier, Matthew McMurry) finished a distant eleventh.
Outside of a crash had by the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona car in the opening moments, things were looking up for the other three Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars through most of the race. By Hour 4, the No. 10 Konica Minolta car drove up to second place, followed closely by the No. 5 Mustang Sampling team. A late-in-the-race restart with just over half-an-hour left on the clock saw the No. 10 take the lead, until the Konica Minolta DPi was passed by the by the No. 6 Acura and the No. 99 Oreca, dropping back to third, with the No. 5 and No. 31 Cadillac DPi cars in fourth and fifth respectively.
All three Cadillacs lost another two places by the race’s end, largely due to Balance of Performance not working in their favor; the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs were some 6 mph down on the main straight compared to the fastest Prototype race cars.
Despite not making the podium, Jordan Taylor maintained a positive attitude after the race was finished.
“I think it was a good day, considering everything,” he said. “We were the best of the rest so, points-wise, we made up ground a little bit on the guys we needed to make up ground against. For the pace we had, we finished better than expected. I think it was down to strategy and staying out of trouble, and attrition wasn’t an issue. All in all, not the best day but, all things considered, I think we can leave here pretty happy.”
The next race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar is the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, July 8th.