Wayne Taylor Racing Sweeps Florida at Sebring's Famously Abusive Racetrack

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
wayne taylor racing sweeps florida at sebrings famously abusive racetrack

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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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Mar 19, 2017

    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

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    • Tjh8402 Tjh8402 on Mar 20, 2017

      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.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Mar 20, 2017

    "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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