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Brandon Gdovic & DAC Motorsports Complete 12 Hours of Sebring in 17th Place

China Grove, N.C. (March 20, 2017) — Brandon Gdovic joined DAC Motorsports to compete in the 65th annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring March 18th, 2017 at Sebring International Raceway. Hot off the heels of a successful Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the DAC Motorsports team felt confident heading into the second stop of IMSA’s Tequila Patron Endurance Series. Although the DAC Motorsports team had to overcome handling issues in their Lamborghini Huracan GT3, they finished the entirety of the event in the 17th position.

The DAC entry was one of six Huracan GT3s entered for the race, with Lamborghini being the most represented manufacturer in the GTD class of the race. The No. 18 carried the emblems of team partners La Champagnerie, Sonic Tools, DAC Aviation, ComServe Wireless, Windstax and Holand Automotive. The team spent Thursday and Friday’s four scheduled practice sessions trying various setups and attempting to diagnose the handling issues. The issue persisted throughout qualifying and Gdovic posted laps fast enough for a 20th-place starting position.

The green flag for the 12 Hours of Sebring waved at 10:40 a.m. ET with Gdovic behind the wheel first. Each driver would compete in rotating two-hour session which saw Gdovic swap in for his second and third stints at 2:40 p.m. and 6:40 p.m., respectively. Unfortunately, it was difficult for even the most-seasoned road-course ringers to overcome the handling of the car. But the DAC Motorsports team persisted and were able to tick off a number of competitors en route to a 17th-place finish.

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring WINNING Race Report – Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn

Taylor Brothers, Lynn Victorious at Sebring
Convincing Win in 12-Hour Classic Backs Up Season-Opening Rolex 24 Triumph in Just Second Race for New Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype

Date: March 18, 2017

Event: 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Round 2 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway (3.74-mile, 17-turn road course)

Start/Finish: 6th / 1st (Running, Completed 348 of 348 laps)

Winner: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Alex Lynn of Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R (Cadillac DPi-V.R)

Point Standing: 1st (70 points, five ahead of second)

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Gdovic Joins DAC Motorsports Driver Lineup for 12 Hours of Sebring

China Grove, N.C. (March 15, 2017) — Brandon Gdovic is joining DAC Motorsports’ driver lineup for the 65th annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway March 18. Gdovic will be piloting the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

Gdovic completes a championship-caliber roster that includes Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series regulars Emmanuel Anassis and Anthony Massari. Gdovic has raced with this team of drivers throughout the 2016 Super Trofeo season, as well as the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

“I am looking forward to the 12 Hours of Sebring,” said Gdovic. “We had a really good test and were very pleased with the car. Hopefully, we will have continued improvement as we learned a lot at the 24 Hours of Daytona. We expect to have a great finish that represents this amazing team effort.”

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Preview – Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn

Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn Looking to Make it 2-for-2 in the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R at Sebring

SEBRING, Florida (March 14, 2017) – It’s back to the business of racing for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team after finally taking care of some seriously unfinished business seven weeks ago when it scored a resounding victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Oh, it’s been quite the seven weeks for brothers and full-time co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who broke through to win one of worldwide sportscar racing’s crown jewels for the first time in their respective careers, helped send their family friend and longtime co-driver Max “The Ax” Angelelli on to retirement on a high note with his second career Rolex watch, and helped four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon achieve yet another career milestone.

This weekend, the Taylors set their sights on another of racing’s crown jewels – Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – after a hugely eventful last seven weeks that included a celebratory visit on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina with Gordon, who treated them to a five-hour tour of the Hendrick Motorsports campus followed by a nice dinner.

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Brandon Gdovic & DAC Motorsports Complete Rolex 24 Hours in 13th Place

Brandon Gdovic joined DAC Motorsports to compete in the 55th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona January 28-29th at Daytona International Speedway. As a late entry, Gdovic, on the heels of a second consecutive successful Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series season, was tapped to round out the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 team in the GTD division of the most prestigious endurance race in North America. Although the team faced setbacks that may have parked other competitors, Gdovic crossed the finish line in 13th place completing the entire race.

Gdovic had quite a lengthy list of obstacles to overcome to ultimately leave Daytona as successfully as he did. He joined the DAC Motorsports team after the Roar Before the 24, the race’s official pre-race practice sessions. Gdovic, in his first time behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, was able to find speed early on in practice and throughout the race. Having worked with two of his co-drivers throughout the Super Trofeo season, the team had a rapport and was able to collaborate easily.

Unfortunately, during qualifying, Gdovic’s teammate was involved in a violent incident when a tire blew, destroying the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan. But the DAC Motorsports crew stepped up to the plate and flew into action purchasing a show car from another Lamborghini team and preparing it for the following day’s event. After an overnight rebuild and with literally seconds to spare before the cars rolled out, the car was ready to race.

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Rolex 24 at Daytona ‘Business Finished’ for Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team

Taylor Brothers, Angelelli, Gordon Finally Score Breakthrough Win After Trouble-Free Performances the Previous Four Years Come Up Short

Date: Jan. 28-29, 2017

Event: 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona (Round 1 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 12-turn road course)

Start/Finish: 4th / 1st (Running, Completed 659 of 659 laps)

Winner: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jeff Gordon of Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Point Standing: 1st (35 points, three ahead of second)

The resounding theme for this year’s 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi.V.R team and its drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, Max “The Ax” Angelelli and Jeff Gordon, and especially for team owner Wayne Taylor, was “unfinished business.”

After the team turned in a trouble-free performance for the fifth consecutive year at this weekend’s renewal of the traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, the Taylor brothers, the veteran Italian Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon were able to seal the deal this time, albeit by surviving a wild sprint to the finish Sunday, in scoring an emotional Rolex 24 victory in numerous respects. Call it “business finished.”

Ricky Taylor, who qualified fourth and got things off to a solid start Saturday afternoon during his opening stint, made a thrilling pass for the lead of fellow Cadillac DPi-V.R driver Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Action Express Racing entry just five laps from the finish – with just six minutes to go in the 24-hour marathon. Taylor then held off Albuquerque the rest of the way and took the checkered flag by a .671-of-a-second margin of victory.

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying Report

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Qualifying Report

55th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Date: Jan. 26, 2017

Event: 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona (Round 1 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 12-turn road course)

Pole Winner: Joao Barbosa of Action Express Racing (1:36.903 at 132.2 mph)

Wayne Taylor Racing: 4th by Ricky Taylor (1:37.169 at 131.8 mph)

The brand new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R – making its first official race appearance this weekend – will start the 55th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona from the outside of the second row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Thursday afternoon at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Ricky Taylor, who’s sharing the cockpit with his brother and full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor, as well as veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli in his final career sportscar race and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, drove a fast lap of 1 minute, 37.169 seconds at 131.8 mph around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn superspeedway road course layout. It was good for fourth overall among 55 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag Saturday for traditional 24-hour season opener.

“I think we’ve got a really good car for the race,” said Ricky Taylor, who also qualified fourth here last year en route to the team’s third runner-up finish in the last four Rolex 24s. “It’s disappointing to not get the pole, but it’s nice to see Cadillacs one, two and four in their debut – so strong. I think we’ve got a proven team and crew and driver lineup for the race and I’m very optimistic. We know we have a fast car, but being a brand new car, the only question left on the minds of our fans and followers, I guess, is how the new Cadillac is going to hold up for 24 hours. I can say that I don’t think we could’ve done any more than we’ve done in terms of preparation. I’d go so far as to say we’re the most prepared of all the teams here, knock on wood. We’ve worked out a lot of bugs during all the testing, and I think we’ve got all the confidence we can expect. So, anything that happens from this point forward is out of our control.”

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Brandon Gdovic Joins DAC Motorsports Lineup for the 24 Hours of Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (January 25, 2017) – Brandon Gdovic is joining DAC Motorsports’ driver lineup for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway Jan 28-29. Gdovic will be piloting the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

Gdovic completes a championship-caliber roster that includes Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series regulars Emmanuel Anassis and Anthony Massari. Gdovic has raced with this team of drivers throughout the 2016 Super Trofeo season. The Lamborghini Huracan GT3 team is rounded out by Indy Lights driver Zachary Claman DeMelo.

“I am excited to head to Daytona with the DAC Motorsports team for their Rolex 24 debut in the Lamborghini Huracan GT3,” said Gdovic. “I am looking forward to getting in the GT3 car for the first time and racing it in my second consecutive Rolex 24. Hopefully we can have a clean race and come out with a good result.”

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview – R. Taylor, J. Taylor, Angelelli, Gordon

RICKY TAYLOR, JORDAN TAYLOR, MAX ANGELELLI, JEFF GORDON
55th Rolex 24 At Daytona Marks Debut of Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Jan. 24, 2017) – Storylines abound in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R camp for this weekend’s 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, during which the full-time driver duo of Ricky and Jordan Taylor hope to send off retiring veteran Max “The Ax” Angelelli with a win while being joined by four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and, in the process, embarking on the historic introduction of a stunning new racecar.

If it all came down to one headline, it would be “Unfinished Business.”

This year’s traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener welcomes the highly anticipated Daytona Prototype international formula to its top-tier Prototype class, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team hopes to be the first victor among the myriad manufacturer representatives who are debuting all-new racecars at America’s most iconic sportscar race.

For team owner Wayne Taylor and his 2005 Rolex 24 and series championship co-driver Angelelli, it represents a chance to take care of unfinished business as they collaborated on Cadillac’s previous prototype-class effort from 2000 through 2002.

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Wayne Taylor Racing: Introducing the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Drivers Ricky & Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon Set for Public Debut Of All-New IMSA WeatherTech Championship Prototype at This Week’s Daytona Test

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Dec. 12, 2016) – The stunning livery for the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to be raced for the first time Jan. 28 and 29 by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor and co-drivers Max “The Ax” Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon at the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, was revealed Monday, just in time for its first public appearance at a two-day test at Daytona Tuesday and Wednesday.

The new prototype has already hit the test track in private sessions by the perennial championship-contending Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) team at Putnam Park near Indianapolis, NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway road course.

Following this week’s two-day test, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac

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Lime Rock Park Announces 2017 Major Event Schedule

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 7) – General Manager Steven Sewell announced Lime Rock Park’s 2017 major spectator event schedule this morning, noting that it models 2016.

“Feedback from the fans was overwhelmingly positive with regard to having Pirelli World Challenge over Memorial Day weekend and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in July,” Sewell said. “The long-running Historic Festival is, of course, a Labor Day weekend staple at Lime Rock.”

At Lime Rock, the Pirelli World Challenge – tremendous, no-pit-stops sprint racing – features all eight PWC classes: GT, GTA, GTS, GT Cup, SprintX, plus the three Touring Car classes – TC, TCA, and TCB. GT is where manufacturers such as Cadillac, Acura, Bentley, Audi, McLaren, Ferrari, Nissan, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz all come to play. Many teams in the GT and GTS classes will also compete in two 60-minute “SprintX” races, with racing duties shared by two drivers.

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Fitting Sendoff for Konica Minolta Corvette DP

Taylor Brothers, Angelelli Score Hard-Earned Podium Behind Pair of P2 Cars At Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans in Iconic Daytona Prototype’s Final Race

Date: Oct. 1, 2016

Event: 19th Annual Petit Le Mans (Round 10 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia (2.54-mile, 12-turn road course)

Start/Finish: 9th /3rd (Running, completed 412 of 412 laps)

Winner: Oswaldo Negri, Olivier Pla and John Pew of Michael Shank Racing (Honda HPD Ligier JS P2)

Point Standing: 3rd (309 points, five out of first)

The end of the Daytona Prototype era came to a close during Saturday’s 19th annual Petit Le Mans IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Road Atlanta, and the best-finishing Daytona Prototype of them all was the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP of Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) and drivers Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max “The Ax” Angelelli, who soldiered home with the team’s seventh podium finish in 10 races in 2016.

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Wayne Taylor Racing: Lone Star Le Mans at COTA Preview – Ricky & Jordan Taylor

RICKY TAYLOR, JORDAN TAYLOR
Konica Minolta Corvette DP Duo Focused on Victory at Circuit of the Americas
With IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Hanging in the Balance

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 14, 2016) – Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor and their fellow IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors this weekend head to the Circuit of the Americas just outside the Texas state capital, a breathtakingly beautiful facility that is the current home to Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix.

The state-of-the-art facility on the outskirts of Austin is a place the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP team for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) took to from the very first time it negotiated its pristine but technically challenging 3.4-mile, 20-turn road circuit in 2013. In each of its previous three visits, the WTR team proved to be arguably the fastest Corvette DP on the racetrack but simply wasn’t able to leave with the ultimate result to show for it. Last year’s runner-up finish at Circuit of the Americas for the Taylor brothers was the team’s cleanest effort there from start to finish after the team’s first two visits in 2013 and 2014 were promising but were plagued by bad luck.

This weekend, the Taylor brothers are focused more than ever on delivering what they consider a long-overdue first win at Circuit of the Americas for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP. Not only would it serve as redemption for potential race-winning efforts that were ruined by a late-race penalty in 2013 and an opening-lap impact from behind while leading in 2014, it also would serve to set up a season-ending charge for the championship two weeks hence at the Petit Le Mans endurance marathon at Road Atlanta.

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CORE Completes 2016 Driver Lineup

CK HILL, S.C. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Five-time Prototype Challenge Champion CORE autosport has finalized its driver lineup for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Jon Bennett and Colin Braun will continue to drive the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 with Mark Wilkins joining the pair for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races. Martin Plowman rounds out the team’s roster for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Bennett and Braun are now on their fifth season together as co-drivers and will be after their third-straight PC Drivers’ Championship. Since first pairing up for the 2012 American Le Mans Series season, the two have amassed 11 class wins together.

Wilkins has served as a support driver for CORE since 2012 and was part of the lineup that won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014. In addition to the Rolex 24, he will re-join Bennett and Braun at the three other rounds of the TPNAEC: Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans.
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IMSA Unveils 2015 TUDOR United Sportscar Championship Schedule

Schedule includes 12 Total Events, 10 Races Per Class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2014) – Building on the strengths of its inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced an enhanced 12-event calendar for the 2015 TUDOR Championship season.

Each of the four TUDOR Championship classes will compete in 10 races.

The 2015 TUDOR Championship schedule includes one notable addition at the historic Lime Rock Park. The race at the Lakeville, Conn. circuit will be held on Saturday, July 25.

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