2017 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
2017 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (July 5, 2017) – With one streak having come to an abrupt end just three days ago, brothers and co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor are looking to continue another of the team’s streaks that’s still very much intact as they and their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside Toronto for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (July 5, 2017) – With one streak having come to an abrupt end just three days ago, brothers and co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor are looking to continue another of the team’s streaks that’s still very much intact as they and their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside Toronto for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

After going a perfect five-for-five in sweeping the opening half of the 2017 campaign, the Taylor brothers’ bid for a perfect season turned out to be over less than 30 seconds into last Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Ricky Taylor was off to one of his trademark race starts from the No. 4 qualifying position and worked his way up alongside No. 2 qualifier Oliver Pla in the No. 52 Ligier LMP2 in the very first turn of the six-hour race. Pla’s racing machine took an abrupt jump to the left and damaged Taylor’s right-front suspension. Two turns later, contact with an Armco barrier as a result of the front suspension damage inflicted further damage on the car and left Taylor limping the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R back to the pits. A stellar repair job by the crew still cost six laps before the car was back on track, needing a clean run and a slew of caution periods the rest of the way for even a remote chance of continuing the perfect season.

Taylor and his younger brother and crew and strategists did run cleanly and smartly the rest of the way, but there wasn’t the abundance of caution periods they needed and they were only able to salvage a sixth-place finish, three laps off the pace.

The day’s events saw the No. 10 team’s hefty 30-point lead in the championship reduced to 20 over the race-winning No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R team with four events remaining. But the overriding feeling in the Konica Minolta Cadillac camp leaving Watkins Glen was that it could have been much worse, but the team’s never-give-up attitude saved the day.

This weekend’s two-hour, 40-minute race at the track originally known as Mosport Park takes the team to one of its best tracks in recent years. Similar to Watkins Glen with its long straights, high-speed corners and old-school flavor, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has yielded a pair of third-place finishes in 2014 and 2016 sandwiching the thrilling 2015 victory there by the Taylor brothers.

Typical for this weekend in Canada is the presence of a huge contingent of sponsor Konica Minolta guests and affiliates – highlighted this year by 150 Konica Minolta Business Solutions Canada employees watching the race in turn three. The Taylors and their team did not disappoint them each of the last three seasons, and they’ll be highly motivated to get back to their win-streaking ways with a trouble-free run from start to finish and another huge step toward the coveted 2017 championship this weekend.

Practice for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix begins Friday morning with Prototype-class qualifying set for 1:20 p.m. EDT Saturday with live video at IMSA.tv beginning at 12:05 p.m. The green flag flies at 12:05 p.m. Sunday with live TV coverage set for FS1 beginning at noon. Live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions is available at IMSA.com and the IMSA smartphone app.

RICKY TAYLOR, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:

Your overall thoughts as you head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park coming off last weekend’s rally from last to sixth in the Watkins Glen six-hour?

“CTMP’s always been a good race for us. We’ve been on the podium there most every year we’ve been there. It’s a very similar track to Watkins Glen, so we can really build on what we learned here and take it into that race.”

Was it a huge letdown to see the winning streak come to an end, did you just take it in stride, or something in-between? Surely you never thought you could run the table and get through the whole season unbeaten?

“It was very disappointing and frustrating to lose the streak in the way we did, without really getting to fight for it at the end of the race. With the recent BoP (Balance of Performance) changes, we knew it would be difficult to sweep the season but it would have been much better to be in a position to defend our winning streak. But now that pressure is off and we can pick up from our strong performance in the first five races when we get to CTMP.”

While Watkins Glen hasn’t been one of our better tracks since you won twice there in 2011, CTMP certainly has been one of your best tracks. How do you expect things will go this year with the new car? Is it even better suited to that track and the team and the drivers?

“I think it should be a good weekend. We expect the performance to be similar to The Glen but I think we can take the positives out of our previous performances there with regard to strategy, traffic, and what it takes to race well there. It will be an interesting racetrack for the new car. This track is not really like any other on the schedule with the extreme high-speed corners balanced with very low-speed hairpin and a very long back straight. Getting into the setup window early will be key to a good weekend.”


JORDAN TAYLOR, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:

Was it a huge letdown to see the winning streak come to an end, or did you just take it in stride, or something in-between? Surely you never thought you could run the table and get through the whole season unbeaten?

“It was obviously a disappointing weekend at Watkins Glen. We had a flawless season up to that point with five wins, so to see it end was a bit sad. With how the day started, it seemed like it was going to be a big hit in the points, but nobody gave up on the team and we were able to salvage a sixth-place finish. All in all, it was a good save but, seeing how the race played out, it could have been another win.”

While Watkins Glen hasn’t been one of our better tracks since you won twice there in 2011, CTMP certainly has been one of your best tracks. How do you expect things will go this year with the new car? Is it even better suited to that track and the team and the drivers?

“I think Mosport will be similar to Watkins Glen. The track layout is a similar style to Watkins Glen, with the long straight and high-speed corners. We just need to focus on getting back into our routine after the last race and I’m sure we’ll be right back fighting for it. Pace-wise, we struggled a bit last week, but I think we would have been able to get back in contention with our pit stops and strategy. I’m sure that will play into our team’s strengths this week.”

WAYNE TAYLOR, owner, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:

Your thoughts as you head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after rallying for a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen?

“We’re looking forward to heading back to Mosport. We’ll have a lot going on with our sponsor Konica Minolta and that always makes us feel good. Because of that, and the fact we won there two years ago and have finished on the podium all three times we’ve been there, we’re quite motivated to get back there. It was quite a shock to see the Watkins Glen race unravel in the very first corner, but the team never gave up and did a spectacular job in all respects to get us sixth place at the end. Mosport is a similar track in a lot of ways. We’ve never had the fastest car there, but our team and drivers and strategy earned us a win and two podiums each time. There’s still a good bit of the season left to go, and we showed the first half of the season and for all but the first lap of the race at Watkins Glen what we’re capable of. We just need to stay out of trouble and the results will take care of themselves, as usual.”