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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Cadillacs lead 1-2-3 sweep in 12 Hours of Sebring

Lone Corvette embarrasses Ford and Ferrari in GTLM
Saturday, March 18, 2017


The Taylor Brothers flank their new co-driver Alex Lynn
The Taylor Brothers flank their new co-driver Alex Lynn

Call it a remarkably trouble-free sweep of the "36 Hours of Florida" for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R duo of brothers and full-time co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who with new third co-driver Alex Lynn of Great Britain scored a convincing win Saturday in the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on the heels of the team's resounding season-opening victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona the last weekend in January.

Once again, it was older brother Ricky Taylor who started and finished Saturday's endurance classic on the treacherous Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway 3.74-mile, 17-turn road circuit, this time crossing the finish line a convincing 13.614 seconds ahead of the runner-up No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque with the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac DPi-V.R of Eric Curran, Dane Cameron and Mike Conway coming home third, albeit a lap down, to make it an all-Cadillac podium.

"A 1-2-3 for Cadillac is unbelievable," said Ricky Taylor, who made a late-race pass of Albuquerque to secure the Rolex 24 win seven weeks ago and Saturday took the lead for good over Barbosa on the final exchange of pit stops with 33 minutes remaining and stretched his margin over the final 19 laps to the checkered flag. "To say that a brand-new car out of the box has run 36 hours of racing absolutely flawlessly, I don't think that has ever happened. It is a testament to Cadillac and all of the development partners. It says so much about the brand and the serious effort they have brought to sportscar racing. The Cadillac is the toughest car to beat. The (No. 5) Mustang Sampling and (No. 31) Whelen cars are fast. I am sure they are going to bring it at Long Beach and the rest of the season."

Taylor's ability to stay ahead of Barbosa after the final exchange of pit stops was what turned out to seal the deal for the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team, which patiently stayed within relative striking distance over the first two-thirds of the 12-hour endurance marathon but worked a brilliant strategy to take charge of its destiny over the final third and benefited from some brilliant driving by the Taylor brothers and the 23-year-old Lynn.

While the No. 5 Action Express Cadillac DPi-V.R dominated the first seven hours of the race and ultimately finished with a race-high 168 laps led, a string of stints during which the Taylor brothers stretched the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R's fuel mileage several laps beyond that of the No. 5 car's set the stage for the pit stop that turned the tide. With a scheduled driver change at the seven-and-a-half-hour mark, the team opted to pit early on the same lap as the No. 5 car. Needing much less fuel at the time, the team was able to replace Ricky Taylor with Lynn behind the wheel and get the car back on track well ahead of the No. 5 car. Lynn was able to maintain a comfortable margin over the No. 5 car until Albuquerque was able to slip past for the lead near the end of the stint.

The winning #10 Cadillac
The winning #10 Cadillac

Jordan Taylor took over for Lynn with just over three hours remaining and, within 30 minutes, he regained the lead by passing Albuquerque while maneuvering onto the front straight. From there, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R led all but four laps and finished with 106 total laps led.

"It is absolutely unbelievable," Lynn said of the victory in his first career North American sportscar start after a stellar start to his young career in mostly open-wheel cars in his native Europe. "I am at a loss for words to describe it. Jordan and Ricky are amazing teammates. They drove an awesome race today. The team was flawless. It is 36 hours of zero problems for Cadillac on the racetrack. The team has won the two biggest races in America and a podium sweep for Cadillac today. A great result for all concerned."

For Jordan Taylor, it completed a career grand slam of the world's four iconic endurance events – the Rolex 24, the Sebring 12-hour, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Petit Le Mans – something his father and team owner, three-time sportscar champion Wayne Taylor, also achieved in his illustrious career.

"It was a great run," Jordan Taylor said. "It is more proof that this platform is great. We've run 36 hours of racing without a single problem. It is great to have Konica Minolta in victory lane again, and to celebrate that with Ricky and Alex is really special."

Saturday's victory also gave both Taylor brothers the distinction of sweeping both the Rolex 24 and Sebring 12-hour events in the same season, a feat their father also completed 21 years ago to the day en route to his first sportscar championship in 1996.

 Jan Magnussen (R), Antonio Garcia (C), and Mike Rockenfeller (L)
Mike Rockenfeller (L), Antonio Garcia (C), and Jan Magnussen (R)
Richard Prince/Chevy

"I came into this weekend actually thinking how great it would be if my sons could duplicate the milestones that I was able to achieve in my career and to see those things actually happen is just unbelievable," Wayne Taylor said. "I'm just so happy for them, for Alex to be able to come here and win his very first race in America, for our entire team that has worked so hard, as well as our partners Konica Minolta and Cadillac and GM who we've been with for so very long. Without all of them, none of this would be possible. It took a while for it to sink in that we finally won the Daytona 24-hour. Now, I think it's going to take a bit for it to sink in that we won Daytona and Sebring back-to-back – with our brand new Cadillac. It's already been a season of memories that will last the rest of our lives."

The pole-sitting No. 13 Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson, who showed the most promise to dethrone the Cadillacs, battled electrical issues, leading to an alternator change and multiple trips to the garage.

Both of the Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPis retired, first the No. 22 car due to a broken exhaust after running as high as fourth, followed by the No. 2 entry, which went behind the wall early with the continuation of boost-related issues from qualifying.

While the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P recorded a fifth place class finish, following a trip to the garage to repair a coolant leak, brake issues led to a crash easy by Joel Miller, which later rejoined only to be retired due to suspension issues.

Shifting issues, meanwhile, plagued the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217 Gibson, which soldiered home to 7th in class, behind the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Riley Mk. 30 Gibson after multiple trips to the garage with engine and starter motor gremlins.

But the biggest upset of the race was in GTLM. Ford brought 3 of its rear-engine Ford GTs and Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche all have rear-engine cars and still the front engine Corvette, running at a disadvantage, used pit strategy and a stirring drive by Antonio Garcia drive to deliver Ford and Ferrari a bitter defeat.

Garcia's Corvette came alive once the sun went down and the temperatures dropped, keeping the Ford GTs at bay in the final hours to claim GT Le Mans class victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Garcia, Jan Magnussen, and Mike Rockenfeller was strong all race after qualifying fifth but had to use clever pit strategy to take the class lead with just over an hour remaining and held off Ganassi's Ford GT onslaught to take home a third consecutive Sebring class win. This defeat is going to sting in Ford's Dearborn offices for a long time.

It is the first time a team has claimed three consecutive class wins in the Florida endurance classic since Level 5 Motorsports won four consecutive races in 2010-2013.

Chevy handed Ford a bitter defeat again
Chevy handed Ford a bitter defeat again
Richard Prince/Chevy

Garcia said, "I knew it was going to be really, really tough. Since yesterday in qualifying it was super close, the first two hours I managed to make my way up to P2. I did two hours first following the No. 66 – 2 seconds. 2 seconds. Then I did that third hour and I was kind of sick of following Fords. So at some point I just needed to go. We made that really good call to come in with the Ferrari.

"So the Fords stayed out on a poorer set of tires than us. I knew that had to be my stint. That first stint with two or three stints to go I needed to make the moves and pass the Ferrari. I passed the No. 68; I passed (Scott) Dixon. I passed everybody because I knew it had to be done then because that was probably the only time they would be a little bit weaker than we were.

"It worked. At the end the Porsche looked very, very strong. That second-to-the-last time they pitted quite a bit later than us, and they were flying. They passed all the way up to us until that last safety car. Again, there was a magnificent stop by the Corvette Racing crew. I think the Porsche made a mistake there.

"Without knowing, I thought it was Joey (Hand) behind us, but it was again the Porsche. I knew it was going to be tough. I didn't know if I was going to be able to hold him, but probably. The car kept going faster and faster. When you lead the way, the aero works pretty decent compared to when you follow someone. At the end things went a little bit in our favor. It was a sprint to the end. I can't believe what Corvette Racing did today. Just awesome. Amazing."

#3 Corvette leads #67 Ford GT
#3 Corvette leads #67 Ford GT

Magnussen added "I don't even know where to start. What a fantastic race. It was a tough race… a hard race. I mean I am so happy about this. The boys did a great job with the pit stops. Antonio's last stint there was just fantastic. What can you say? It is just fantastic. It was all about running our own race and then at the end when we had to do something, to then be able to do it. The crew – those last couple of pit stops – awesome. As I said Antonio's last stint… just fantastic!"

Mike Rockenfeller was at a loss for words. "It is still hard to believe right now because I didn't expect it. We had a tough race, and Antonio (Garcia) did just a fantastic job – like always. But it is very special what he got out of the car today. That is why I am speechless. I am very happy for the team. Thanks to Corvette and everyone on the teams – all the mechanics. They always believe in it. We had a tough start in Daytona, and even here. We weren't the quickest all the time, but at the end when it counted, we were there. This team is just amazing!"

Joey Hand and co-drivers Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais were seeking a Sebring class win to go along with their titles at Le Mans and Daytona, but were forced to settle for the second step on the podium.

"It's always frustrating to get second," Hand said. "We got beat by a car that was just faster at night. It wasn't from a lack of trying. I threw everything at it. At the risk of running my tires off I went for it and thought that I'd get by and head them off. When it's all said and done, if we can't win this race we want to be thinking about championships. I think it was a good day. You want to have that win to get the three and keep the streak alive. That would have been a fun thing. When it's all said and done, we've won some big races over the last year. I can't be too disappointed.

"I'm just happy...when I'm the last guy in the car, I try not to leave anything out there. No, ‘Man, I should have tried harder.' I gave it all with everything I had. I think we did a good job trying to get what we could get."

Third went to James Calado in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE car, after a last-lap spin by the No. 67 Ford of Richard Westbrook, who was relegated to fourth.

The third Ford, entered by the UK-based WEC team, completed the top-five in class.

Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #33 Mercedes at night
Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #33 Mercedes at night
LAT Photo for IMSA

The No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 was driven to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, 60 years after the three pointed star last competed in and won their class America's oldest sports car endurance race. The victory came in just the second race of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing is competing for the first time.

Co-drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Mario Farnbacher combined to lead a class-high 208 of the 325 laps they completed in the No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 on their way to a convincing GT Daytona (GTD) class victory.

Bleekemolen took the lead for good 40 minutes from the end of the race and had a more than eight-second gap on the field when the 12-hour time limit was reached.

Second in the GTD class was the team that won Sebring last year, then went on to win the season championship: The No. 63 Scuderia Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Matteo Cressoni. Third was another Mercedes – the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing car, driven by team principal Kenny Habul, Boris Said and Tristan Vautier. On Friday Vautier qualified the car on the pole – a major accomplishment for a brand-new team in a new car. Early in the race the No. 75 fell back, but rallied at the end for a podium finish.

That third-place trophy almost went to the No. 16 Change Racing/Monster Energy Lamborghini Huracan GT3, but it ran out of gas on the very last lap and ended up 11th in class.

The No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R that won the Rolex 24 finished 10th in class, and was never a factor.

Prototype Challenge class honors went to the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09 of James French, Pato O'Ward and Kyle Masson, finishing an impressive fifth overall.


Ricky Taylor, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac:
"A 1-2-3 for Cadillac is unbelievable," Ricky Taylor said. "To say that a brand-new car out of the box has run 36-hours of racing absolutely flawless, I don't think that has ever happened. It is a testament to Cadillac and all of the development partners it says so much about the brand and serious effort they have brought to sports car racing. The Cadillac is the toughest cars to beat. The Mustang Sampling and Whelen cars are fast. I am sure they are going to bring it at Long Beach."

Jordan Taylor, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac:
"It was a great run," Jordan Taylor said. "It is more proof that this platform is great. We've run 36 hours of racing without a single problem. It is great to have Konica Minolta in victory lane again and to celebrate that with Ricky and Alex is really special."

Alex Lynn, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac:
"It is absolutely unbelievable. I am at a loss for words to describe it. Jordan and Ricky are amazing teammates they drove an awesome race today. The team was flawless. It is 36 hours of zero problems for Cadillac on the race track. The team has won the two biggest races in America and a podium sweep for Cadillac. Great result for all concerned."

Joao Barbosa, No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R:
"I am really proud of the Mustang Sampling Cadillac team," Barbosa said. "It is a great sweep of the podium for Cadillac. We have some work to do. We just missing a little bit when the conditions changed from hot to cool. I think were we have to work the most is with our fueling. We were not able to use all of the fuel, so we need to look at that aspect. Second is a great result for the team. I am very proud of our whole team."

Christian Fittipaldi, No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R:
"Another strong run by the Mustang Sampling team," Fittipaldi said. "The team put in a lot prep time and lot of work all week. The Cadillac ran flawlessly the whole race. No mechanical problems in the 24 or the 12 hour here today. I thinks that sets the tone for the rest of the season. Unfortunately we got beat. Hats off to the No. 10 Cadillac. They did a good job from the afternoon to the end of the race. After the first four hours they just seemed to get stronger and stronger. We will celebrate, turn the page and move onto Long Beach."

Filipe Albuquerque, No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R:
"In the end we need to be happy today with our result," Albuquerque said. "We ran a good race. We made no real mistakes. We led a lot of the race. When it was getting cooler, the No. 10 Cadillac just came alive. We could not match their pace. I was doing qualifying lap times to not lose too much. They just had a little bit more today. They deserve the win. We just need to work, work and close the gap at Long Beach."

Eric Curran, No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R:
"It is nice to Cadillac 1-2-3 here at Sebring," Curran said. "Obviously the Cadillac has shown good pace and great reliability early in the season. I got tangled up with the 22 car at the beginning and unfortunately lost a bunch of laps. We fought back and got within a couple of laps at the end and get up on the podium. Our luck is going to get better on the Whelen side. We are looking to be really strong at Long Beach."

Dane Cameron, No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R:
"Certainly good to recover from laps down at the beginning," Cameron said. "It is good to celebrate on the podium after a tough Daytona. Also nice to get some points. We have some work to do as a team to get up to the other guys. We will start into the sprint races and see what happens."

Mike Conway, No. 31Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R:
"It is good to help Cadillac sweep the podium. We would have liked to been in the fight all the way through. We fought back, regained some laps, but not enough in the end. When the 10 car pitted early that cost us the opportunity to get back on the lead lap. A great job by the Whelen team and Cadillac today. I will rejoin the team in October at Petit Le Mans. I wish he guys all the luck and hopefully Cadillac can keep on winning."

Final Results

PosPicNo.ClassDriversCarLapsGap (laps Secs)
1110PR. Taylor/J. Taylor/A. LynnCadillac DPi3480 Laps 0.000s
225PJ. Barbosa/C. FittipaldiF. AlbuquerqueCadillac DPi3480 Laps 13.614s
3331PD. Cameron/E. Curran/M. ConwayCadillac DPi3462 Laps 2 Laps
4485PC. Miller/S. Simpson/M. GoikhbergORECA3444 Laps 2 Laps
5138PCJ. French/P. O'Ward/K. MassonORECA FLM0933810 Laps 6 Laps
628PCG. Grist/M. Hanratty/S. RayhallORECA FLM0933612 Laps 2 Laps
713GTLMA. Garcia/J. MagnussenM. RockenfellerChevrolet Corvette C7.R33414 Laps 2 Laps
8266GTLMD. Mueller/J. Hand/S. BourdaisFord GT33414 Laps 4.453
9362GTLMT. Vilander/J. Calado/G. FisichellaFerrari 488 GTE33414 Laps 9.090
10467GTLMR. Briscoe/R. Westbrook/S. DixonFord GT33414 Laps 7.561
11568GTLMS. Mucke/O. Pla/B. JohnsonFord GT33414 Laps 27.416
12625GTLMB. Auberlen/A. Sims/K. WittmerBMW M6 GTLM33414 Laps 29.771
137911GTLMP. Pilet/D. Werner/F. MakowieckiPorsche 911 RSR33414 Laps 17.291
148912GTLMK. Estre/L. Vanthoor/R. LietzPorsche 911 RSR33216 Laps 2 Laps
15326PCDrumwright/Ducote/Yacaman/ThompsonORECA FLM0932820 Laps 4 Laps
16133GTDB. Keating/J. BleekemolenM. FarnbacherMercedes-AMG GT332523 Laps 3 Laps
17263GTDC. Nielsen/A. Balzan/M. CressoniFerrari 488 GT332424 Laps 1 Laps
18375GTDT. Vautier/K. Habul/B. SaidMercedes-AMG GT332424 Laps 3.781
19429GTDC. De Phillippi/C. Mies/J. GounonAudi R8 LMS GT332424 Laps 1.581
20548GTDB. Sellers/M. Snow/D. von MoltkeLamborghini Huracan GT332424 Laps 1.518
21673GTDLindsey/Bergmeister/McMurry/HeylenPorsche 911 GT3 R32424 Laps 16.881
22757GTDL. Aschenbach/M. Bell/A. DavisAudi R8 LMS GT332424 Laps 14.720
23886GTDJ. Segal/O. Negri Jr./T. DyerAcura NSX GT332424 Laps 1.063
24911GTDEngelhart/Ineichen/Antinucci/BortolottiLamborghini Huracan GT332325 Laps 1 Laps
251028GTDde Quesada/Morad/Pumpelly/ChristensenPorsche 911 GT3 R32325 Laps 2:13.155
261116GTDC. Lewis/J. Mul/B. SandbergLamborghini Huracan GT332226 Laps 1 Laps
271246GTDE. Busnelli/F. Babini/M. BerettaE. CollardLamborghini Huracan GT332226 Laps 5:06.480
281315GTDR. Alon/J. Hawksworth/A. CindricLexus RCF GT332028 Laps 2 Laps
29555PT. Nunez/J. Bomarito/S. PigotMazda DPi31929 Laps 1 Laps
301493GTDA. Lally/K. Legge/M. WilkinsAcura NSX GT331830 Laps 1 Laps
311523GTDB. Sweedler/T. Bell/F. MontecalvoAudi R8 LMS GT330939 Laps 9 Laps
32420PCD. Yount/B. Rice/D. BurkettM. KvammeORECA FLM0930246 Laps 7 Laps
331654GTDJ. Bennett/C. Braun/N. JonssonPorsche 911 GT3 R283Not Running
341718GTDE. Anassis/B. Gdovic/A. MassariLamborghini Huracan GT328266 Laps 1 Laps
351814GTDS. Pruett/S. Karam/I. JamesLexus RCF GT326979 Laps 13 Laps
361927GTDC. Sbirrazzuoli/P. Ruberti/L. PersianiLamborghini Huracan GT325593 Laps 14 Laps
37690PM. Goossens/R. Van Der ZandeR. RastMultimatic/Riley241107 Laps 14 Laps
382096GTDJ. Marks/J. Klingmann/J. KrohnBMW M6 GT3228120 Laps 13 Laps
39752PM. Guasch/J. GutierrezT. Kimber-SmithLigier205Not Running
40870PT. Long/J. Miller/M. FranchittiMazda DPi180Not Running
41913PS. Buemi/N. Heidfeld/N. JaniORECA167181 Laps 13 Laps
421022PBrown/van Overbeek/Senna/HartleyNissan DPi158Not Running
43924GTLMJ. Edwards/M. Tomczyk/N. CatsburgBMW M6 GTLM149Not Running
442150GTDMacNeil/Jeannette/Van GisbergenMercedes-AMG GT3132Not Running
45112PS. Sharp/R. Dalziel/L. DeraniNissan DPi47Not Running
46104GTLMO. Gavin/T. Milner/M. FasslerChevrolet Corvette C7.R42Not Running

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