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12 Hours of Sebring Victory Goes to No. 10 Cadillac DPi V.R

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The Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi V.R racecar won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2017

The Konica Minolta sponsored No. 10 Cadillac DPi V.R has won the first two races of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Photo: © General Motors

One month after picking up the victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R grabbed the spotlight again, winning the 65th annual 12 Hours of Sebring.

The Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi V.R racecar won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2017

Ricky Taylor (pictured above) drove the No 10 Cadillac DPI-V.R during the final stage
Photo: © General Motors

In fact, the top-three finishers in this year’s event were all members of Cadillac Racing. While the No. 10 racecar took the top spot on the podium, second-place went to the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, which also finished runner-up to the No. 10 car in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R came in third; joining Cadillac’s other DPi-V.Rs on the winner’s podium.

However, two of the drivers from the Daytona victory, former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli, did not compete in the Sebring endurance race. They were replaced by rookie Alex Lynn who piloted the Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor.

While the No. 10 car’s win at Daytona was closely contested and might not have happened without a collision in the closing laps, the 12 Hours of Sebring was dominated by Cadillac Racing, with Cadillac prototypes leading 11 of the race’s 12 hours. The No. 10 and No. 5 cars were neck-and neck-for most of the race, but the No. 10 Cadillac pulled away to a substantial lead following the final pit stop, cruising to an easy victory.

This win means the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R is just the sixth racecar to win the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring in the same year.

“A 1-2-3 for Cadillac is unbelievable. To say that a brand-new car out of the box has run 36-hours of racing absolutely flawless, I don’t think that has ever happened,” said Ricky Taylor. “It is a testament to Cadillac and all of the development partners it says so much about the brand and serious effort they have brought to sports car racing.”

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series will resume on April 7th when the teams visit California for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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