Some great rac­ing ahead near Bow­manville

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - TIM MILLER The au­thor of sev­eral books on auto rac­ing, Tim Miller can be reached at tim­millerthe­car­guy@gmail.com.

The dom­i­na­tion of the Kon­ica Mi­nolta Cadil­lac team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Cham­pi­onship, was stopped last week at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and the team, which had a five-race win­ning streak, hopes to re­turn to the podium dur­ing this week­end’s Mo­bil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Cana­dian Tire Mo­tor­sports Park near Bow­manville.

The week­end fea­tures the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Cham­pi­onship with its ex­otic pro­to­type and GT race cars, the se­ries’ only Cana­dian stop.

Driv­ing their Cadil­lac DPi-V.R, broth­ers Ricky and Jor­dan Tay­lor of Florida qual­i­fied fourth in the se­ries’ Pro­to­type class at the Glen, but an early shunt sent the car to the pits. The team lost six laps re­pair­ing the front end dam­age, but man­aged to get three of those back and fin­ish sixth.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that we had the in­ci­dent at the be­gin­ning of the race, but the team did a great job re­cov­er­ing from it,” noted brother Ricky Tay­lor.

Younger brother Jor­dan said af­ter the race it was just one of those rac­ing in­ci­dents, and the team was fo­cused on do­ing its best in the up­com­ing CTMP race.

“Ob­vi­ously, it was a dis­ap­point­ing day,” he said. “With strat­egy, we were able to get three of those back. So, from go­ing from last to sixth due to other guys hav­ing re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues and mak­ing mis­takes isn’t the worst day. I think we sal­vaged good points con­sid­er­ing how we started and I think we can look to Mosport next week still with a healthy lead con­tinue chasing our cham­pi­onship there and con­tinue run­ning for more race wins.”

This week­end’s event is round seven of the 12-race se­ries, and the Tay­lors main­tain a healthy 20-point lead in Pro­to­type, which fea­tures the pure rac­ing ma­chines Audi, BMW, Cadil­lac, Corvette, Fer­rari, Lam­borgh­ini, Mercedes, Lexus, and Porsche driven by teams from 15 coun­tries.

Along with the Cadil­lac teams, other front-run­ners in­clude Toronto’s Daniel Mo­rad, who was part of the GTD-class win­ning Porsche team at the Rolex 24 ear­lier this year, as well as over 20 full-time IMSA driv­ers and four teams, in­clud­ing Corvette Rac­ing and Chip Ganassi’s Ford GT team that com­peted in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The four-day event also in­cludes ex­cit­ing ac­tion from the Con­ti­nen­tal Tire SportsCar Chal­lenge, IMSA Pro­to­type Chal­lenge pre­sented by Mazda and the F4 United States Cham­pi­onship se­ries.

This year fans will be able to take part in the Open Grid Walk ses­sion, which al­lows them to get close to the driv­ers and race cars with ex­cel­lent chances for speak­ing with the teams and get­ting au­to­graphs.

Ticket prices range from $35 for sin­gle day passes to $80 for a week­end pass. Chil­dren 16 and un­der are free, and camp­ing is avail­able. Week­end win­ners: Four-time Su­per Dirt Week big-block Mod­i­fied win­ner and part-time NAS­CAR Truck racer Ste­wart Freisen, for­merly of Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake and now liv­ing in New York state, scored his first Dirt­Car race last week, win­ning the New Yorker 100 on the Rome-Utica Speed­way for his 24th ca­reer win in the se­ries . ... Adam Racine of Elmira won his fifth Lu­cas Oil Can-Am Midget fea­ture of 2017 at Var­ney’s Full Throt­tle Speed­way over the week­end.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Win­ners of the IMSA 24-hour auto race, from left, Max An­gelelli, Jeff Gor­don, Ricky Tay­lor and Jor­dan Tay­lor cel­e­brate in Vic­tory Lane at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in Jan­uary.

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