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

Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves rejoice profitable the Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Jasen Vinlove, United states Currently through Reuters)


Wayne Taylor Racing received its record-tying 3rd consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona, using a new automobile and a new lineup to defeat some of the greatest racers in the globe.

Filipe Albuquerque held off Kamui Kobayashi and Renger van der Zande — each section of WTR’s successful teams the earlier two seasons and each searching for to grow to be the initially winners of 3 consecutive Rolex races — to give the overhauled Taylor team its fourth get in the past five a long time at Daytona Global Speedway.

Albuquerque was challenged about the final 25 minutes by van der Zande, driving a Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing, until the group suffered a 2nd tire failure with 7 minutes remaining.

Kobayashi cycled into 2nd but didn’t have more than enough to catch Albuquerque, who closed out the first general victory for Acura in the prestigious two times-spherical-the-clock endurance race.

WTR still left Standard Motors after 28 several years at the close of previous time to come to be a manufacturing unit Acura program, and the team required each and every moment of the past two months to get its car or truck all set for Daytona. Wayne Taylor replaced his overall lineup for the move to Acura and hired Albuquerque, as nicely as his oldest son, Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi. The trio all drove the Acura the earlier three seasons for Staff Penske but wanted new jobs when Penske shut at the conclusion of previous yr.

Ricky Taylor and Castroneves, the a few-time Indianapolis 500 winner, are the reigning IMSA champions and had the familiarity with the Acura to make sure the team was geared up despite no offseason testing.

It was WTR’s fourth Rolex get in five years and fifth overall, 1 powering Ganassi’s report 6 victories. The three-straight wins tie Ganassi’s mark.

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

Ricky Taylor, who closed out the 2017 Rolex get for WTR, was in the automobile late and experienced the solution to complete the race but decided to turn it about to Albuquerque mainly because the Portuguese driver was rested and could deal with track situations that provided enhanced wind speeds.

“We made the decision we needed somebody as fresh as attainable in the car,” Ricky Taylor reported. “He acquired in there and was an complete monster and carried it at the end.”

Cadillac bought a second-spot complete from an Motion Categorical all-star motor vehicle that incorporated 7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Kobayashi carried the load for an Action Categorical lineup that also involved Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and 24 Hrs of Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller.

When Taylor switched to Acura, he released drivers van der Zande and Ryan Briscoe, and selected a new lineup with familiarity of the car or truck. Ganassi snatched van der Zande, who was battling Kobayashi to develop into the initially winner of 3 straight.

The Dutch driver closed on his former crew a number of times in the remaining 25 minutes but couldn’t make a move for the lead and was eradicated when his tire was punctured.

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

The Ganassi group experienced a puncture less than two several hours before when 6-time IndyCar winner Scott Dixon was driving, and also overcame two penalties from newcomer Kevin Magnussen, who spent the very last seven seasons in Formula A person. The group fell to fifth.

“Absolutely gutted,” Magnussen reported. “Looked like we had the race acquire right there. Renger had seriously excellent speed catching the No. 10 automobile and I think he would have experienced a truly fantastic likelihood to acquire the race.”

Jordan Taylor, youngest son of the winning crew operator, was also a winner in the GT Le Mans course and shut the victory for Corvette Racing. The lineup involved Nicky Catsburg and Antonio Garcia, who Standard Motors mentioned after the race it experienced pulled from the automobile simply because Garcia tested optimistic for COVID-19 as portion of his preparations to go away the United States. Garcia drove nearly 8 hrs in the race and was last in the car Sunday early morning.

“While Antonio Garcia examined destructive in preparation for his arrival for the Rolex 24, we have been given see that he has now analyzed good in preparation to depart the state,” GM claimed in a statement.

Era Motorsport won the Le Mans Prototype 2 class in an Oreca LMP2 Riley Motorsports won the Le Mans Prototype 3 course in Ligier JS P320 and Winward Racing in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 received the GT Daytona class, which at 20 entries was the largest class of the 49-vehicle field.


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