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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Rolex 24 At Daytona Overall Title

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) rallied from a lap down to win their second consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon crossed the finish line at Daytona International Speedway 1:05.426-seconds ahead of No. 77 Mazda Team Joest. The victory was the fourth overall for WTR.

The team became the first to repeat as overall Rolex 24 winners since Chip Ganassi Racing won three straight Rolex 24s between 2006 and 2008. Dixon was part of the winning lineup for that 2006 victory, which was his first in the twice-around-the-clock event.

The victory almost didn’t happen. Just over 18-and-a-half-hours into the race, during Briscoe’s final stint behind the wheel, he pitted from the lead under caution but missed the red light on pit road upon exiting his pit box, landing the team a stop plus 60 seconds penalty.

That put the No. 10 a lap down when Loic Duval in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi overtook Briscoe as he was leaving pit road after serving the penalty. Briscoe was relegated fourth place overall with just over five hours remaining in the race. Briscoe said the proximity of the team’s pit box to the red light on pit road contributed to the miscue.

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“I actually left the pit box and we’re right down at the end there, so the red light is over to the left as soon as I pull out of my pit box,” Briscoe said. “And when I pulled out, I was actually checking my mirrors to see where the competition was. It’s my bad, I just didn’t see it. Thankfully, we had a couple yellows fall our way, we were able to get back on the lead lap and just go to work.”

Briscoe regained the lead from Mustang Sampling just minutes after the clock turned to 20 hours completed. WTR only relinquished the lead over the final four hours during pit stops as they drove to a dominating win.

Mustang Sampling, driven by Joao Barbosa, Duval and Sebastian Bourdais, finished third in the race.

The race was a record-breaker. The previous lap record of 808 (set in 2018) was bettered by 25 laps for a total of 833 laps and 2,965.48 miles.

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Acura’s Top Speed Charts In Roar Practice At Daytona

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DAYTONA, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Acura’s topped the speed charts in two practice sessions Friday at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Tom Blomqvist turned the fastest lap of the day, 1 minute, 34.351 seconds (135.833 mph), over Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course in the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 DPi.

“We didn’t have a great morning, but we chipped away at it all day long and the car was just getting better and better with every lap,” said Blomqvist. “Obviously, that’s a positive to take into the next couple of days.”

Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura posted the second-fastest lap of the day, 1:34.687 (135.351 mph) with Filipe Albuquerque behind the wheel.  WTR has 4-wins in the last 5-Rolex 24’s, including three consecutive victories.

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Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac’s were third and fourth on the speed charts, less than 4-tenths of a second off the top spot.  2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou, who is making his sports car debut, turned the fastest lap in the No. 01 Cadillac V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi V.R., at 1:34.712 (135.315 mph).

Palou will share the driving duties this weekend with full-time IMSA driver’s Renger van der Zande and Sebastian Bourdais and will be joined in the endurance events by 6-time INDYCAR Champion Scott Dixon.

CGR’s No. 02 Caddy was right behind the teammates as Earl Bamber turned the fourth fastest lap of the day, 1:34.746 (135.267 mph).  Bamber will be joined for the ’22 season by Alex Lynn with CGR INDYCAR driver Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen sharing the driving duties this weekend.

A third practice is set for 10 a.m. ET Saturday, ahead of qualifying at 3:25 p.m. to determine the starting grid for Sunday’s 100-minute race that sets the field for the Rolex 24. A final night practice runs from 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday’s qualifying race airs live at 2 p.m. on Peacock and IMSA Radio.

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Whelen Engineering Cadillac Wins At Watkins Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, NY (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A fuel-only pit stop late in the race saved the Whelen Engineering team valuable time on pit road and enabled them to take the lead and win the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at The Glen.

We are so limited on the capacity that we don’t have the luxury to go flat out all the time, but that second yellow helped us out big time,” said Felipe Nasr, who along with co-driver Pipo Derani picked up their first win of the season.

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The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac of Renger van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen finished second, 1.473-seconds behind the No. 31 Caddy.

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura DPi ARX-05 driven by Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor finished third, increasing its lead in the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class to 81 points over the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi and drivers Harry Tincknell and Oliver Jarvis.

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Chip Ganassi’s Sports Car team back in victory lane after win in Detroit

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DETROIT, MI (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen and Renger Van der Zande put CGR SportsCar back in victory lane Saturday by winning the IMSA race.

The victory was the first in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Magnussen, who joined the series in the offseason after seven seasons in F1. It also let Magnussen join his dad, veteran racer Jan Magnussen, as an IMSA race winner.

“It feels great,” said Magnussen, who also won his first Motul Pole Award on Friday. “This weekend has been extremely good on the team side. We’ve just been fast. I’d say the whole season we’ve been fast. We just haven’t been able to get to the end in the lead. We’ve led a lot of laps this year. Finally, we led the right lap.”

Van der Zande was leading a fierce duel with Felipe Nasr as the yellow flag waved when the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW stopped on track. When the 100-minute race resumed with 2 minutes 50 seconds left, Van der Zande accelerated away from Nasr, getting enough of a gap to win the race by 0.573 seconds.

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“The track got really slippery in those last two, three laps,” said Van der Zande. “I had some really big moments, and I think the guy behind me, Nasr, also had some big moments.”

Saturday’s victory was Ganassi’s 60th in IMSA competition and second of the day as Marcus Ericsson picked up his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race earlier in the day at Belle Isle.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that this (IMSA) team was put together at the last minute in the fall of last year,” Ganassi said. “I think we bring a little to the party as a team, and they bring some things as a driver. I think it’s that combination. There are a lot of guys who are fast, and they don’t get opportunities sometimes. You’ve got to find guys at the right time in their career that need an opportunity to excel and bloom, if you will, and to expose their talents.”

The No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R co-driven by Nasr and Pipo Derani finished second followed by the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 shared by Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, who lead the WeatherTech Championship DPi standings by 71-points over the No. 55 Mazda of Harry Tincknell and Oliver Jarvis, who finished fourth.

The WeatherTech Championship resumes June 24-27 with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

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