Angelelli and Taylor take team and driver point lead with victory; Liddell and Edwards score third consecutive win of the season.
DETROIT – Jordan Taylor put the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) on the pole, and Max Angelelli closed the deal to win the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at the Raceway on Belle Isle. The duo led 45 of 61 laps on the way to victory lane.
“Congratulations to Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and the No. 10 Velocity Corvette DP team on their win on Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicle and Motorsports. “Their win today propelled Max and Jordan to the drivers’ points lead.”
For the third consecutive race, Robin Liddell and John Edwards powered the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R to the victory in the Rolex Series Grand Touring (GT) class. Starting fifth in-class for the two-hour race on the 13-turn/2.36-mile temporary street course, Liddell methodically worked his way through the field to the second place before the pit stop and driver exchange.
“It was great to see Robin Liddell, John Edwards and the Stevenson Camaro team win after an intense battle with Ferrari.” Campbell said.
With excellent pit work, Edwards came out in the lead, and held the point to grab the GT class win. The victory moved the pair to second in the class team points as well as second in the driver points. Chevrolet gained ground in the GT Manufacturers’ Point Standings.
“It was extra special to have these drivers and teams deliver wins in Detroit, the home of Chevrolet’s worldwide headquarters,” said Campbell.
Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing agreed. “Just to be racing here on this beautiful Detroit circuit is exciting, and for Chevrolet to win both classes is the icing on the cake,” he said.
Rounding out the podium in DP were the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP driven by Christian Fittapaldi and Joao Barbosa, and the No. 2 Starworks Ford.
In GT, the No. 63 and 61 Ferrari teams joined Stevenson on the podium.
Next on the GRAND-AM schedule will be June 14-15 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio featuring both the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
MAX ANGELELLI, NO. 10 VELOCITY WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETTE DAYTONA PROTOTYPE:
“I have to say that we delivered and executed perfectly. The guys did an excellent job in the pits. Once again, this is a team win. They made us win the race. This is for GM, Chevrolet and Corvette!”
WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT BARBOSA IN THE CLOSING LAPS? “I realized that I was good in the corners that were important – Turn 3 and Turn 7. We had good top speed and good braking. (Barbosa) was closer in the first-gear corners and the very tight sessions. He was very fair and it was hard racing.
“The beauty of this series is that it’s really impossible to say you are in a good spot. If you miss a race or have a bad weekend, it takes a long time to recover. Anything can happen and the championship is still really wide open. There are seven cars that can contend.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 10 VELOCITY WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETTE DAYTONA PROTOTYPE:
“To win last year in the Camaro in GT for Chevy and now this year in the Corvette for Chevy is perfect. The goal all weekend was to put the Corvette DP on top. It’s great for Team Chevy and I’m glad to be a part of it.
“Pretty much every day it’s been a green track. It rained before qualifying and it was green again so we knew what to expect. Today was a little more unique. It was dry the whole morning. Going into the race the track got warmer and there was more rubber from our warm-up and IndyCar qualifying.
There was a little more grip but the heat of the day compromised it a little. I don’t think there was any drop-off in the tires and kept everyone close and competitive. It was a good, classic GRAND-AM race.”
ROBIN LIDDELL, NO. 57 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO GT.R:
“It was a big deal for all of us. We had a GM party a couple nights ago and it is an important event to showcase their cars and abilities. What GM and the organizers have done here is fantastic.
“We decided to switch things around because John didn’t have a Continental race
I knew any chance there was to pass that I had to take it. I had to take it and picked up three spots early. The Stevenson guys again were phenomenal. We were able to jump ahead of the Ferrari on the pit stop.
I think this is the only the second race win I’ve had in the Rolex Series where I haven’t finished. When you’re sitting on the stand while leading with 10 minutes to go is nerve-wracking! John did a fantastic job as always. It was fun to switch things up and it worked out well.”
JOHN EDWARDS, NO. 57 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO GT.R:
“I don’t know if it’s a magical season but we’re definitely in the championship fight. I’m happy Stevenson gave me the chance to finish the race. Robin drove a really great stint starting out and picked up positions at a place where people say it’s tough for passing. Each race the Stevenson guys raising our expectations. We expect them to be perfect and best in the paddock.
The last three races we’ve made passes on pit stops or through strategy calls. At Barber and here, we made the pass by having the better pit stops. Hats off to the Stevenson guys. They really got us in the lead during the pit stop. You could see by the pressure I was under that if I had gotten out in second place then we probably wouldn’t be here talking as winners.”