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Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America Qualifying Report
Posted by: newsla on Aug 10, 2014 - 06:34 AM
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Wayne Taylor Racing: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America Qualifying Report - Ricky & Jordan Taylor

Date: Aug. 9, 2014
Event: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase (Round 9 of 11)
Series: Prototype division of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship
Location: Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (4.048-mile, 14-turn road course)
Pole Winner: Ryan Dalziel of Extreme Speed Motorsports (1:55.166 at 126.537 mph – track record)
Wayne Taylor Racing: 5th by Ricky Taylor (1:56.175 at 125.438 mph)


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The No. 10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype for Wayne Taylor Racing will start Sunday’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from the inside of the third row after qualifying Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Ricky Taylor, who with his younger brother and full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor is seeking to regain the series points the team held until one race ago at Indianapolis, turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 56.175 seconds at 125.438 mph around the iconic 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course. It was good for fifth among 52 car-and-driver combinations entered for Sunday’s two-hour, 45-minute race.

“We have been in the top-three all weekend,” Ricky Taylor said. “If you look at it, we were in the top-three among the DPs (Daytona Prototypes) in qualifying. The P2 (LMP2) cars really pulled out a lot there, which we didn’t expect. I feel we will be good in the race since we have been solid all weekend. I don’t have a problem with our pace. I think Richard (Westbrook of the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP) pulled a really good lap out there in the 90 car, which was a bit of a shock. But I feel that, for the race, we will be in good shape. I do not have any worries. Between our strategy and our solid driver lineup with Jordan, we will be good.”

The top-five qualifiers for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America are:

1. Extreme Speed Motorsports (No. 1 HPD ARX-03b) with Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp (1:55.166 at 126.537 mph – track record).

2. Spirit of Daytona Racing (No. 90 Corvette DP) with Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante (1:55.487 at 126.186 mph).

3. Action Express Racing (No. 5 Corvette DP) with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa (1:55.961 at 125.670 mph).

4. OAK Racing (No. 42 Nissan Morgan) with Olivier Pla and Gustavo Yacaman (1:56.019 at 125.607 mph).

5. Wayne Taylor Racing (No. 10 Corvette DP) with Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor (1:17.879 at 125.438 mph).

Race time is 2:15 p.m. EDT Sunday with FOX Sports 1’s delayed television broadcast beginning at 6:30 p.m. Live radio by the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will be streamed at IMSA.com and MRNRadio.com, as well as select MRN affiliates beginning at 1:45 p.m. Check local listings. Live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions can be found at IMSA.com and via the IMSA smartphone app.

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