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2018 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
2018 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (July 5, 2018) – After three consecutive fifth-place finishes, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R duo of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande head north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario looking for a breakthrough run in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.


BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (July 5, 2018) – After three consecutive fifth-place finishes, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R duo of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande head north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario looking for a breakthrough run in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

It will be a welcome visit to one of the best tracks for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team since first visiting there in 2014. A thrilling victory by Taylor and his older brother Ricky Taylor in 2015 was sandwiched by podium finishes of third in 2014 and 2016. And what looked like another sure victory a year ago this weekend, during which the Taylor brothers led a race-high 73 laps and had a stranglehold of first place by more than 20 seconds with 20 minutes to go, ended when contact with a GTLM-class competitor relegated them to a seventh-place finish.

Taylor and van der Zande are coming off a trouble-free run at last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in which they were the top-finishing Cadillac DPi-V.R drivers and chipped away ever so slightly at the championship points lead of the Nos. 5 and 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R teams. They arrive at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park third in the standings, trailing the front-running No. 5 Action Express duo of Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque by 13 points and the second-place No. 31 Action Express duo of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr by 12 markers.

With four races remaining on the 2018 WeatherTech Championship calendar, Taylor and van der Zande look to benefit from some newfound speed in their quest to successfully defend the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi.V.R’s 2017 driver and team championships.

The lightning-fast 2.459-mile, 10-turn layout at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is just the place to start making their move.

Practice for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix begins Friday morning with Prototype-class qualifying set for 1 p.m. EDT Saturday. The green flag for the two-hour, 40-minute race flies at 2:05 p.m. Sunday with FS1’s delayed television broadcast set for 4 p.m. Live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions is available at IMSA.com and the IMSA smartphone app.

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

After three consecutive fifth-place finishes, you head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend, which is one of the team’s most successful tracks in recent years. Your thoughts after last weekend’s fifth-place run in the Watkins Glen six-hour?

“Mosport is the fastest track we go to. It’s a very high-speed circuit with long flowing corners. There are only two corners where you actually have a decently hard brake zone. The rest is all extremely fast. It’s got a lot of history. It’s been a traditional road course on the sports car racing calendar for years, so it’s nice that we’re able to go there. I think it will be another tough fight in the (Prototype) class, especially having so many cars on such a short, but fast, track. You really have to get into a good rhythm to get the lap time, so traffic can really disrupt your flow. We’ve had a strong car there every year, so I’m hoping we can capitalize on that, but things have been much different this year. Pace-wise, we weren’t really a factor at the last few races, so we need to focus on what we can control and that is trying to stay in touch with the leaders with our pit stops and our strategy and run a trouble-free race like we did last week at Watkins Glen, but this time hope it’s enough that we can actually compete with the leaders at the end.”

While Watkins Glen hasn’t been one of your better tracks since the team won twice there in 2011, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is very similar to The Glen and has certainly has been one of your best tracks. What has made the difference?

“I think it could 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. This track is not really like any other on the schedule with the extreme high-speed corners balanced with a very low-speed hairpin and a very long back straight. Getting into the setup window early will be key to a good weekend.”

What is your recollection of your thrilling victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2015?

“It was a weird day but a great day, obviously. We started on the pole and everything was going smoothly. And then Ricky started having some serious power-steering issues. But the guys never gave up and, somehow, the power steering fixed itself. I just kept my head down and picked people off as they started having issues of their own. And, somehow we ended up leading the race with five minutes to go. I still don’t know how it happened, but it was extra special with all the Konica Minolta and DLL guests we had then, just like we will have this weekend. It was a good day and I hope we can recreate the magic with Renger.”

RENGER VAN DER ZANDE, driver, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R:

You head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend with perhaps the most consistent Prototype-class team at the track the past four seasons. Your overall thoughts entering the weekend?

“I think Mosport is a great place. It’s very fast. You need a lot of courage to go fast there. I think there is a lot of history there, which makes the place special. The first time I went there, I was shocked at how fast and how blind the corners are. There are fifth-gear corners where you go in blind, so you have to be very precise to put your car in the right spot in the corner and make the apex. Once you get that precision down after a few laps, then it starts to be real fun. I’m looking forward to going there.”

Three top-five finishes in a row. Do you feel like this is the weekend you finally score another podium or, better yet, a win?

“The team has done a great job after Detroit and at Watkins Glen to get our car in a better position. I’m very pleased, proud and happy that they did it and how they did it. I think we also found a little extra speed we can rely on at Mosport where Jordan and I can benefit, setup-wise. I’m just hoping we have a bit of a better shot at fighting for a podium this weekend. A podium would be great. That’s what we need. We’re in the championship hunt and I’m ready to continue the second half of the season.”

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

Your thoughts as you head to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after a third consecutive fifth-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 three years ago and finished on the podium three years in a row there, we’re quite motivated to get back there. We had our work cut out for us at Watkins Glen, as we have all season long, but the team never gave up and did a spectacular job in all respects to get us fifth 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, and last year we felt like we had the race won before an unfortunate incident at the end. There’s still a good bit of the season left to go. We just need to stay out of trouble and the results will take care of themselves, as usual.”