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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
Taylors, Cadillac Carry Momentum to Long Beach

Monday, April 3, 2017


Winning last year at Long Beach
Winning last year at Long Beach
Saying Jordan and Ricky Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team are carrying momentum into this Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach is an understatement.

With back-to-back victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida to open the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the brothers are off to a perfect start for their father’s Wayne Taylor Racing team.

Add in the fact that the Taylor brothers have won each of the last two WeatherTech Championship races on the streets of Long Beach, and “momentum” doesn’t seem like a strong enough word to use, especially when looking beyond this weekend’s race to the next two events on the schedule at Circuit of The Americas on May 6 and Detroit’s Belle Isle Park on June 3.

“(In the last three years at) Long Beach, we were second and then two wins,” said Jordan Taylor following the team’s Sebring victory last month. “Then COTA and Detroit, which we won last year. We go with a lot more momentum than in the past.”

However, Jordan also pointed out that this year’s 100-minute Long Beach race, which will be televised live on FOX network television at 4 p.m. ET, will be different than it has been in the recent past. For starters, this year’s race will see the Prototype Challenge (PC) class replaced by a 16-car GT Daytona (GTD) class field along with nine GT Le Mans (GTLM) entries and 10 Prototypes for a WeatherTech Championship record field of 35 cars.

Secondly, every one of those 10 Prototypes are brand new this season, with a smaller fuel capacity than the previous generation race cars. That places a premium not only on the ability of the drivers, but also the team on pit road.

“Long Beach is cutthroat with one pit stop,” Taylor said. “This year, it might be two because the fuel capacity is so small. It’s so much on the race team to get it done.”

The No. 10 team certainly has gotten it done lately, but they’ve got plenty of competition. Look no further than the other two Cadillac DPis in the field, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering machine shared by defending WeatherTech Championship Prototype champions Dane Cameron and Eric Curran, and the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R of two-time Prototype champions Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, who finished second to the No. 10 team at both Daytona and Sebring. Both teams are primed for victory at any time, and this weekend could be it.

Outside of the Cadillacs – which swept the top-three spots at Sebring – a couple of Gibson V8-powered LM P2 cars showed flashes of brilliance in the first two endurance races to start the year and could be tough to beat in Saturday’s first “sprint” race of the season.

One is the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Multimatic/Riley shared by Renger van der Zande and Marc Goossens, which opened the year with a third-place run at Daytona. The other is the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA co-driven by Stephen Simpson and Misha Goikhberg.

Simpson was quickest in the opening practice session at Sebring and the team was in contention for a podium spot for much of the race before finishing fourth.

Mazda Motorsports also is riding some top-five momentum from Sebring to Long Beach. The team claimed a fifth-place result in the Twelve Hours with its No. 55 Mazda DPi shared by full-time co-drivers Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito – who were joined by IndyCar racer Spencer Pigot for the race. The team also has strong Southern California ties.

From a driver perspective, Joel Miller – who co-drives the No. 70 Mazda DPi with Tom Long – is a native of the “Inland Empire” and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California Riverside.

Mazda North American Operations is based in Irvine, California and includes the Mazda Research and Development Studio, where the Mazda DPi race car – dubbed the RT24-P – was designed. The car made its worldwide debut last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Based on that, there will be plenty of interested onlookers at the track this weekend, which adds to the demanding nature of racing at Long Beach.

“It’s a real mental challenge,” said Nunez of racing on the tight, 1.968-mile street circuit. “There is no room for error. There are no run-off areas, so if you make a mistake, you’re into a concrete barrier. It’s a very demanding track and, as a street circuit, the surface is very bumpy. So, that makes it very technical for a driver. The new car is much more physical to drive, and you have to be sure your concentration or your body doesn’t give out.”

Long Beach represents a shot at redemption for the pair of Nissan DPi entries from the Tequila Patrón ESM team and the LM P2 car from PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports. While they’ve shown a fair amount of speed through the first two races – and the No. 2 Tequila Patrón car shared by full-season drivers Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel did finish fourth at Daytona – neither the No. 2 nor the No. 22 co-driven by Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek were running at the finish in Sebring.

The No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Ligier LM P2 also had a DNF at Sebring. The Fresno, California-based team is hoping to turn its luck around in a home-state race and will do so with new driver Will Owen sharing the controls with team veteran Tom Kimber-Smith.

A compressed street-circuit schedule for the WeatherTech Championship at Long Beach includes a two-hour practice session beginning at 7:40 a.m. PT on Friday, followed by a second practice and qualifying session that runs from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. local. will offer live streaming of qualifying in addition to IMSA Radio coverage from all on-track sessions.

The BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix gets the green flag Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT.

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