22/09/2021

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Wayne Taylor Racing wins record-tying third consecutive Rolex in an Acura

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Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves celebrate profitable the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Jasen...

Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves celebrate profitable the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Jasen Vinlove, Usa Right now via Reuters)

 

Wayne Taylor Racing won its document-tying 3rd consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona, using a new automobile and a new lineup to beat some of the ideal racers in the environment.

Filipe Albuquerque held off Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande — both equally component of WTR’s profitable groups the past two seasons and both equally looking for to turn into the 1st winners of three consecutive Rolex races — to give the overhauled Taylor group its fourth get in the past five yrs at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.

Albuquerque was challenged in excess of the last 25 minutes by van der Zande, driving a Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing, until the group endured a second tire failure with seven minutes remaining.

Kobayashi cycled into second but did not have sufficient to capture Albuquerque, who closed out the 1st over-all victory for Acura in the prestigious twice-round-the-clock stamina race.

WTR remaining Basic Motors following 28 yrs at the conclude of last season to turn into a factory Acura plan, and the group desired each and every moment of the last two months to get its automobile ready for Daytona. Wayne Taylor replaced his overall lineup for the move to Acura and employed Albuquerque, as perfectly as his oldest son, Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi. The trio all drove the Acura the past three seasons for Team Penske but desired new positions when Penske closed at the conclude of last year.

Ricky Taylor and Castroneves, the three-time Indianapolis five hundred winner, are the reigning IMSA champions and experienced the familiarity with the Acura to make certain the group was ready irrespective of no offseason screening.

It was WTR’s fourth Rolex get in five yrs and fifth over-all, one guiding Ganassi’s document six victories. The three-straight wins tie Ganassi’s mark.

It can be the 1st Rolex for Castroneves and Rossi. Albuquerque won in 2018 driving a Cadillac, and Ricky Taylor won in a Cadillac for his father’s group in 2017.

Ricky Taylor, who closed out the 2017 Rolex get for WTR, was in the automobile late and experienced the selection to finish the race but made the decision to turn it in excess of to Albuquerque since the Portuguese driver was rested and could tackle keep track of disorders that provided enhanced wind speeds.

“We made the decision we required any individual as contemporary as possible in the automobile,” Ricky Taylor stated. “He got in there and was an absolute monster and carried it at the conclude.”

Cadillac got a second-location finish from an Motion Express all-star automobile that provided seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Kobayashi carried the load for an Motion Express lineup that also provided Indianapolis five hundred winner Simon Pagenaud and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller.

When Taylor switched to Acura, he released drivers van der Zande and Ryan Briscoe, and chose a new lineup with familiarity of the automobile. Ganassi snatched van der Zande, who was battling Kobayashi to turn into the 1st winner of three straight.

The Dutch driver closed on his previous group numerous instances in the last 25 minutes but couldn’t make a move for the guide and was eradicated when his tire was punctured.

“I could see his eyes in my mirrors,” Albuquerque stated of van der Zande. “He was so hungry for this, primarily with the total tale of leaving Wayne Taylor. I was blessed that they experienced a puncture.”

The Ganassi group endured a puncture considerably less than two hours previously when six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon was driving, and also overcame two penalties from newcomer Kevin Magnussen, who used the last seven seasons in Formula One. The group fell to fifth.

“Absolutely gutted,” Magnussen stated. “Looked like we experienced the race get correct there. Renger experienced truly superior tempo catching the No. 10 automobile and I feel he would have experienced a truly superior opportunity to get the race.”

Jordan Taylor, youngest son of the profitable group operator, was also a winner in the GT Le Mans class and closed the victory for Corvette Racing. The lineup provided Nicky Catsburg and Antonio Garcia, who Basic Motors stated following the race it experienced pulled from the automobile since Garcia analyzed favourable for COVID-19 as component of his preparations to depart the United States. Garcia drove approximately 8 hours in the race and was last in the automobile Sunday early morning.

“While Antonio Garcia analyzed unfavorable in preparation for his arrival for the Rolex 24, we have acquired observe that he has now analyzed favourable in preparation to depart the region,” GM stated in a statement.

Period Motorsport won the Le Mans Prototype two class in an Oreca LMP2 Riley Motorsports won the Le Mans Prototype three class in Ligier JS P320 and Winward Racing in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 won the GT Daytona class, which at 20 entries was the greatest class of the 49-automobile area.

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