It was a wild 12 hours for defending Sebring winners Wayne Taylor Racing, but attrition and a strong final push helped Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Ryan Hunter-Reay come home with a second-place finish in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R.
In addition to battling overheating for a large part of the race, Taylor came close to a potential wreck when he exited the pits at the 2:45 mark and made contact with the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi driven by Andy Lally. Both cars were able to continue.
This was a wild moment. Just perfect (worst) timing as the P cars excel so hard as they come out of the pits to blend in. I lifted but at that point, especially with the bumps there was no avoiding him. @jordan10taylor made a huge save! Sorry buddy! https://t.co/agU7x0tNXt
— Andy Lally (@AndyLally) March 17, 2018
“Not a win, but to come home with a second the way we started is good,” Taylor said. “The team adapted well to everything that happened on track and in the pits. Great day for the team, they executed well and it was a great points day after what happened in Daytona.
“We are on the right footing now heading to Long Beach. We are learning more about the new tire and continue to learn more at Long Beach. The team made good changes throughout the weekend on the car. We struggled a little in the heat in the middle of the day then the car came back to us at night when we really needed to race.”
Hunter-Reay took over at the four-hour mark after Taylor made an unscheduled stop to add water, which saw the No. 10 drop from second to seventh.
“I think we experienced the full gambit today,” Hunter-Reay said. “We had ups and downs. My stint in the middle was certainly interesting. I had oil all over the windshield and dirt on top of that. The sun was setting into Turn 17 and I could barely see three feet in front of the car. Jordan and Renger did a great job. We got some good points for the team. We were close, but not the win I want here.”
Van der Zande drove the final stage. Mazda Team Joest’s Harry Tincknell him for third with just over an hour remaining, but when the top Prototypes pitted with 41 minutes remaining, Tincknell had trouble restarting the car, resulting in a lost lap. That moved van der Zande up to third, and he got past a fuel-saving Felipe Nasr for second place in the final laps.
Hard racing for every position! pic.twitter.com/lienHkpXtG
— IMSA (@IMSA) March 18, 2018