Corvette Racing suffered reliability issues with their two GTD Pro class Corvette C8.R entries during this past weekend’s running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while Cadillac Racing also came up short in the DPi class as Acura secured a dominant 1-2 result.
The No. 4 Corvette C8.R of Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy and Marco Sorensen was the first of the two Vettes to experience trouble in the race. The No. 4 car, which appeared to be the strongest of the two Corvette Racing entries in the opening hours of the event, was hit from the rear as Sorensen attempted to avoid a wayward LMP3 car. The team lost nearly two and a half hours replacing the car’s lower diffuser, exhaust pipes and starter, among other components, and was forced to settle for tenth place in GTD Pro.
The No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg, meanwhile, came home in sixth place in GTD Pro after the team lost 13 laps in the garage overnight dealing with an electrical issue that was believed to be related to the alternator. The team was also forced to serve a drive-through penalty after IMSA observed the team refuelling the car while a crew member was working underneath it.
Garcia said the team lacked pace throughout the event as it familiarized itself with the new GT3-spec Michelin control tire, but hopes to parlay its Daytona lessons into Sebring success come March.
“This was one of those races where you wanted it to be shorter,” Garcia bemused. “We learned a lot and there is still more for us to learn. We had 25 or 26 stints to learn this tire. So it was a proper first real test in race conditions. We were lacking pace both days.”
“There still was a lot to be gained,” he added. “If you add some extra testing and something else, then maybe we can be in the hunt. In the last stint, I could tell we were missing a tiny bit. If we were on the lead lap, it would have taken a tiny bit for us to be competitive. We’ll carry on to Sebring.”
GTD Pro was won by the No. 9 Pfaff Porsche 911 GT3, which made contact with the No. 2 KCMG Porsche 911 GT3 on the last lap as the two battled for the lead. The No.62 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 GT3 finished second, while the KCMG Porsche was third after losing track position due to the contact with the Pfaff car.
Acura secured a dominant 1-2 result in the DPi class, with the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing ARX-01 of Helio Castroneves, Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud finishing first overall and the No. 10 ARX-01 of Ricky Taylor, Alex Rossi, Felipe Albuquerque and Will Stevens taking second. Loic Duval brought the No. 5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R home in third place with teammates Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook and Ben Keating.
The next race of the 2022 IMSA season will be the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring in March. Click here for complete results from the 60th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.