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Continental Tire Detroit Post-Race Notebook

Ryan Myrehn’s Continental Tire post-race notebook from Detroit…

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***Wayne Taylor Racing’s fifth-straight overall win is the longest winning streak in major North American sports car racing since Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won eight consecutive races for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing in American Le Mans Series competition in 2013.

***Jordan and Ricky Taylor’s five-straight overall wins to start a season are the most since Dindo Capello accomplished the feat for Audi in the 2003 ALMS season.

***A third-place result for the No. 70 Mazda RT24-P of Tom Long and Joel Miller marked the third-straight podium finish for Mazda on street courses dating back to the Detroit race last year. It was the first top-three result for the No. 70 this season.

***Scuderia Corsa is on a bit of streak of its own following a second-place result for Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen. That pairing has now registered GT Daytona-class podium finishes in each of the last four races dating back to a runner-up result at Sebring.

***Not only was Katherine Legge and Any Lally’s GTD class win a breakthrough for the Acura NSX GT3 in IMSA competition, but the Michael Shank Racing squad also earned the first win for the car in major international competition.

***Acura and the MSR team came within laps of recording a double-podium result in Detroit, as the No. 86 Acura Jeff Segal and Ozz Negri ran as high as third before late-race contact from a following GTD car sent Segal briefly off-line, costing him two positions. The result is all the more impressive considering the car started last and overcame a major accident in practice on Friday.

***A pit-road miscue derailed an otherwise impressive run for Alegra Motorsports. The team was assessed a drive-through penalty with just under an hour to go for running over pit equipment while running solidly in the top-ten after an impressive opening stint from Daniel Morad. Mathieu Jaminet managed to fight his way back to a tenth-place result following the penalty.

***Paul Miller Racing duo Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow broke through to register its first podium of the season in GT Daytona after coming one spot short in the previous round at Circuit of The Americas. It is also the first podium result for the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition this season.

***Pato O’Ward and James French continued their domination of the Prototype challenge class, claiming their fourth-straight win for Performance Tech Motorsports. O’Ward set the fastest lap of the race in the class, a half-second clear of second-place Bruno Junqueira who made his season debut this weekend.

***An additional Oreca 07 Gibson could make its WeatherTech Championship debut later this summer. Sportscar365 understands that a U.S.-based team is close to confirming a partial-season program with the prototype contender, which would join JDC-Miller Motorsports on the grid with ORECA LMP2 machinery.

***Risi Competizione has taken delivery of a Ferrari 488 GT3 car, although according to team manager Dave Sims, no race plans have been determined. Sims told Sportscar365 that the car is owned by a gentleman driver with Ferrari Challenge experience.

John Dagys contributed to this report.

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.


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