By on March 19, 2017

Taylor Racing win in Florida

Ricky Taylor pulled away from Joao Barbosa and gave Wayne Taylor Racing and Cadillac a victory during 36 Hours of Florida at Sebring Raceway. Taylor pushed his Konica Minolta-sponsored No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R to a 13.6 second win over Barbosa’s Action Express-backed entry, following a long mid-race battle between the two Cadillacs.

Much of the race was a recreation of the prototype duel between the Taylor family and Mustang Sampling Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, with three hours to go at Sebring, Jordan Taylor passed Filipe Albuquerque for the lead in dense traffic and built up a sizable gap. Calling in the No. 10 Cadillac to pit and swap drivers in the final hour, just moments before the race’s final course caution, resulted in Ricky Taylor maintaining a commanding lead for the remainder of the event.

The Taylor’s previous win at Le Mans garnered some light controversy due to late-race contact made between Ricky and the Mustang Sampling Cadillac. “I really wanted this race win to be conventional,” said Ricky Taylor after the win at Sebring. “This was a dominant win, so nobody can question it.”

Endurance racing is never kind to cars and the grid of 46 saw nine retire due to mechanical problems before the final lap. Included in the fallout were both of the Nissan DPis fielded by last year’s victors Extreme Speed Motorsports. Many teams were forced into the pits for extensive repairs on front-suspensions and brakes badly damaged by Sebring’s notoriously abusive concrete. However, the Taylor’s Cadillac DPi-V.R. was not among them.

 

[Image: International Motor Sports Association]

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13 Comments on “Wayne Taylor Racing Sweeps Florida at Sebring’s Famously Abusive Racetrack...”


  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    Taylor’s previous win was at the 24 hours of Daytona, not LeMans. Sad the Patron cars fell away yesterday. My hopes are high for the Porsche factory team to sort their tire issues out.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Wow.. guys like these could sit a 15-hour flight to China no problemo.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Overall winner : 6.2L naturally-aspirated pushrod V8

    PC class winner : 6.2L naturally-aspirated pushrod V8

    GTLM winner : 5.5L naturally-aspirated pushrod V8

    GTD winner : 6.2L naturally-aspirated OHC V8

    Q.E.D

  • avatar

    Is DeadWeight still alive ?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    So does Cadillac actually still have engineers who design motors, or there just an LS (or Opel turboz) in that stock car and Cadillac sponsored it?

    Edit: I’ll answer my own question.

    “The Cadillac DPi-V.R is propelled by a race-prepared, normally aspirated Cadillac 6.2 liter V-8 engine that shares inherent architecture with the engines of the third-generation Cadillac CTS-V (640 horsepower) and fifth-generation Cadillac Escalade (420 horsepower). The engine produces approximately 600 horsepower when tuned for racing as defined by IMSA-mandated air restrictors, with a maximum allowable RPM of 7,600. The engine transfers power to the rear wheels through an X-TRAC paddle-shift transmission.

    Cadillac and its designers collaborated with key partners including chassis builder Dallara, teams from Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Racing and ECR Engines to prepare the 6.2-liter V-8-powered Cadillac DPi-V.R over the past year.”

    http://media.cadillac.com/media/us/
    en/cadillac/news.detail.html/content/
    Pages/news/us/en/2016/dec/1201-dpr-vr-race-car.html

    Christ on a bike, normal aspiration our of a Cadillac? Wait, is this even allowed?

    I also notice this is in the LS family. Why no 3.0 TWIN TURBOZ like in the CT6 Johann? Why real motors instead of fake ones on the stock car? Oh and why fake ones in production models I can buy?

    What about this Johann?

    Cadillac CTS-V
    6.2L/376 cu in
    Supercharged V-8
    Direct fuel injection
    640 @ 6,400 RPM

    Cadillac DPi-V.R
    6.2L/376 cu in
    Naturally aspirated V-8
    —–> Fuel injection <—–
    600 @ 6,800 RPM (approx.)

    Mulitport??? Are you fracking kidding???
    Y U NO LIKE DI, JOHANN? 'Cause it is crap???

    You build the most kick-ass motor for your stock car using *reliable* technology, and then put nothing but sh!t in your product? You wonder why your brand is a complete failure?

    Here's the real headline:

    Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R wins 12 Hours of Sebring, 36 hours of Florida honors WITH BASIC ENGINE TECHNOLOGY WE WILL NEVER SELL YOU; NOW SCAMPER OFF AND BUY YOUR ATS COMPLETE WITH CRUZILLAC FOUR POT. SEE YOU IN THE DEALER SERVICE BAY PROLEZ.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      It is a large-displacement, PORT-INJECTED, naturally-aspirated pushrod V8. AKA the only thing GM does good and thus must be purged from existence for reasons and please lease turboz.

      media.cadillac.com/media/us/en/cadillac/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2016/dec/1201-dpr-vr-race-car.html

      The actual *Cadillac* racecar was Northstar powered, it never won a race and was about as reliable as a N* equipped street Cadillac. It looked cool though.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Northstar_LMP
      _______________________________________
      Mercedes also runs the old NA 6.2L V8 in their (winning) racecar instead of the definitely, totally way better 4.0L turbo.

      http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/mercedes-amg-gt3-race-car-first-drive-review

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        “The year did not start well for the Northstar LMP02 at Sebring. One car suffered a ***failed electronics system*** towards the end of the race, while the sole remaining car came home a disappointing ***31st***. Moving to Le Mans, the Cadillac showed its speed in qualifying once again by taking the ***eighth and tenth*** fastest qualifying times, beating out both an Audi and a Bentley. However the race itself saw the Northstar LMP02 show its potential, with both cars running in the top ten for most of the race. Cadillac managed to take home ***ninth and twelfth*** places in the end, their best Le Mans result since the start of the program.

        Returning to the United States, Cadillac saw competition again in Washington D.C., where the team managed to take a ***fourth-place*** finish, only a single lap behind the winners. Skipping Trois-Rivieres, Mosport saw the Northstar LMP02s finish third and sixth, followed by another ***third*** at Laguna Seca. Cadillac’s best race ever would finally come on the streets of Miami, where the LMP02 of J.J. Lehto and Max Angelelli would take ***second*** place, a mere fourteen seconds behind the winning Audi. The final race of the year, Petit Le Mans, would see Cadillac coming home in ***third and fourth***. Once again, with only half a season, Cadillac would manage an impressive ***fifth*** in the championship.

        At the end of 2002, General Motors announced that the Cadillac project would not continue into 2003. Feeling that the Cadillac program had achieved what General Motors believed it was meant to, [FAILURE TO WIN], the project was canceled and GM would move to concentrating solely on their more successful Chevrolet Corvette program. [CADILLAC WOULD RECEIVE
        A PARTICIPATION TROPHY FOR ONE SECOND PLACE FINISH IN A DOZEN RACES]”

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Cadillac should use the 6.2 in something other than the Escalade. It is good enough for the Corvette and Camaro.

    • 0 avatar
      tjh8402

      superchargers haven’t worked well in endurance racing, and either way, its quite easy to get the needed power out of the small block without any forced induction. It’s a proven endurance racing engine (a variant of it was used in the previous Corvette DP). When it was used in the PWC CTS-Vs, it also had the supercharger removed. Cadillac does race turbos in PWC today. Their entry there is an ATS-V with the 3.6 TT V-6.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “a recreation of the prototype duel”

    Shouldn’t it be re-creation?

    Recreation – activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.


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