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Cadillac Goes 1-2-3 In Sebring Practice 2

Cadillac raced to the top of the time sheets in Practice 2 at Sebring…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Jordan Taylor found some speed in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R and posted the fastest time in the second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

After languishing toward the bottom of the speed charts for much of the session, Taylor uncorked a fast lap of 1:49.888 seconds with just under 20 minutes to go in the hour-long practice.

Joao Barbosa overcame a throttle problem early in the session to post the second fastest time of Practice 2 in the No. 5 Action Express Cadillac, which slowed on track early in the going with Filipe Albuquerque at the wheel.

Albuquerque told IMSA Radio that a quick reset of the car’s electronics solved the problem.

The No. 31 Action Express entry made it a Caddy 1-2-3 in the Prototype class on the strength of Mike Conway’s lap of 1:50.370, meaning the top three cars in class were all within a half of a second.

GT Le Mans saw Corvette surge to the top of the time sheets with the No. 4 Corvette C7.R driven by Tommy Milner setting the fastest lap.

The No. 66 Ford GT of Sebastien Bourdais split the two Corvette entries, coming up 0.166 seconds shy of Milner’s fast lap, with the No. 3 Corvette driven by Antonio Garcia in third.

In GT Daytona, Audi claimed the top spot with Andrew Davis setting the fast time for Stevenson Motorsports in the No. 57 Audi R8 LMS, followed by Austin Cindric in the No. 15 Lexus RCF GT3.

Christopher Mies for Land Motorsport was third, with Patrick Lindsey and Spencer Pumpelly in their Porsche 911 GT3 R’s in fourth and fifth for Park Place Motorsports and Alegra Motorsports respectively.

Meanwhile in Prototype Challenge, Colin Thompson edged Pato O’Ward by 1.134 seconds to put the No. 26 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 at the top of the time sheet.

The practice was halted just once when the red flag was briefly displayed for the No. 11 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 which had stopped on track with Mirko Bortolotti behind the wheel just five minutes into the session.

The car was towed off the track by safety officials and did not return to the practice.

Also of note, the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi did not practice after dealing with undisclosed problems that leave the car’s status uncertain for night practice this evening according to IMSA Radio.

A 90-minute night practice is next for the WeatherTech Championship starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

RESULTS: Practice 2

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365’s “Double Stint” Podcast.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. JB

    March 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Are the Gibson powered cars using all of their available revs now?

  2. Jack

    March 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    the caddy drivers are still complaining about bop, when they still have the fastest car…. Jesus Christ guys, it’s not something magical you guys did, it’s bop, and you had a good hand at Daytona.

    • Andres

      March 16, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      The Cadillac DPI has more test miles than any other Gibson engined P2 car, so is not a damn BOP issue, is related to developing and having a better engine than the crappy Gibson engine that we saw that without restrictors in the Cadillac is not competitive at all

      • Ughhhh

        March 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm

        Your your, the 70 hp advantage they had over the Mazda, the Nissan, and the Gibson was just Gibson having a crappy engine…. such a dumb statement. Gibson has been making great racing engines for decades, so you clearly have absolutely have no clue to what you are talking about. Reports said Cadillac had there or there about 650hp at Daytona. The power they set for the p2 cars was 600. That’s a bop advantage. Another thing, the dallara is not the fastest chassis, the oreca in testing has shown. So the massive advatage they had at Daytona, which was only on the straights, came from a bop advantage from the engine.

  3. southcove

    March 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I was just in discussion w a fellow race fan, watching the live timing and he said, “I better shut up now!” as he’d been moaning about how unfair the latest BOP was to the Caddies…

    So, just imagine where they’d be if they were still in that prior spec.

    • Ughhhh

      March 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      47’s.

  4. AF

    March 16, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Normal service resumed.

  5. Kekistani

    March 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Cadillac be like:

    kek

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