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Cadillacs remain dominant at Daytona

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Cadillacs remain dominant at Daytona
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Dec 14, 2016, 11:35 PM

Action Express Racing held onto their spots at the top of the leaderboard as IMSA’s test at Daytona drew to a close, while it was a Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT that grabbed P1 in the GT Le Mans class.

#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque
Jordan Taylor, Jeff Gordon, Wayne Taylor Racing
#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon
#67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon
#55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi: Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Spencer Pigot
#29 Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3: Connor de Phillippi, Christopher Mies

The #31 Cadillac of defending champions Dane Cameron and Eric Curran retained its preeminence in the 29-car field, with the latter setting fast time of the day – a 1min37.797sec lap of the 3.56-mile road course – in today’s final session.

“This afternoon, we’ve had a good run,” he said afterward. “We’ve had a solid car and it’s fun. I was quickest this afternoon and that feels really good to be in a new car and to feel so comfortable.

“We’ll keep plugging away, but I really love the whole new program. I love the look of the car, the red and white Whelen colors, and it’s just fun to be part of this Cadillac program. It’s going to be a great season.

“We’ve got a good crew, we’ve got a good team and Dane and I are prepared to pick up where we left off in 2016 with the championship.”

While the #31 was fastest, its sister car, in the hands of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque, logged the most laps – 155 – and its fastest time was just 0.35sec slower. Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac was third.

Mazda’s new RT24-P DPi was nearly two seconds slower than the pace-setting Cadillac, but turned 117 laps, and wound up ahead of the Riley Gibson LMP2 car of Visit Florida Racing.

Ganassi’s #67 Ford GT led the way in GTLM with a 1min45.405sec lap, mere hundredths ahead of the #3 Corvette C7.R and the #66 Ford.

Land Motorsport’s Audi R8 LMS, with Connor De Phillippi and Christopher Mies at the wheel, topped GT Daytona with a very impressive 1min46.621sec.

 

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