Wayne Taylor Racing Sweeps Florida at Sebring's 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.
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