GRAND-AM Cooldown Lap: Lime Rock Park (Rolex)
Notes And Quotes
Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli scored their third consecutive Daytona Prototype victory at Lime Rock Park, while Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas took their third straight DP championship with a seventh-place finish.
Taylor held off Antonio Garcia to win by .334 seconds, giving the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP its third victory of the season. Garcia and Richard Westbrook also ended the season as three-time winners in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP. Alex Gurney and Alex Gurney rounded out the podium in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, followed by the two Action Express entries (the No. 5 of David Donohue and Brian Frisselle, and the No. 9 of Darren Law and Joao Barbosa), giving the Corvette DP a sweep of the top five places to cap its first year of competition.
Needing a ninth-place finish, Pruett and Rojas iced their fourth DP title in five years by finishing seventh in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. Ryan Dalziel entered the race with a mathematical shot at the championship, but finished sixth in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley started by Alex Popow.
Robin Liddell and John Edwards took their third GT victory of the season in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Liddell passed Andy Lally with three laps remaining, denying the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 started by John Potter its third triumph of 2012. Lally then had to pit for fuel, promoting the No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8 of Dion von Moltke and Jim Norman to a second-place finish.
While 2012 GT champions Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal had problems early in the race that resulted in an eighth-place finish for the No. 69 AIM Autosport/Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia, a third-place finish by the late-entered No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia of Allesandro Balzan and Johannes van Overbeek gave Ferrari the GT manufacturers championship.
- DP 1st: Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor, No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP
- DP 2nd: Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia, No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP
- DP 3rd: Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP
- GT 1st: John Edwards andRobin Liddell, No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
- GT 2nd: Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke, No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8
- GT 3rd: Johannes van Overbeek and Allesandro Balzan, No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari
- Margin of Victory: .334 seconds (DP); 3.677 seconds (GT)
- Average Speed: 92.873 mph (DP); 88.389 mph (GT)
- Cautions: Five for 29 laps
Final Points (Unofficial)
- DP: Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas, 379; Ryan Dalziel, 367; Darren Law, 355; David Donohue, 348; Alex Popow, 346.
- GT: Jeff Segal/Emil Assentato, 387; Robin Liddell, 360; Paul Dalla Lana, 339; Sylvain Tremblay/Jonathan Bomarito, 336; Leh Keen/Andrew Davis, 329.
- In a change of strategy, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates opted to have Scott Pruett qualify the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. Pruett qualified second. The team had some drama when Memo Rojas had damaged bodywork during his stint, but the team held on to finish seventh – good enough to win the title.
- In addition to being the third straight DP title for Pruett and Rojas, it was their fourth in five years counting the 2008 crown. Pruett also won the 2004 title for the team, co-driving with Max Papis, while Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates won in 2006, giving the team a total of six championships.
- Richard Westbrook won his third TOTAL Performance Pole Award on Saturday morning in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP. Jon Fogarty – quickest early in the 15-minute session – led the series with four poles in 2012.
- The second-place finish by Dion von Moltke and Dr. Jim Norman was the best for the new Audi R8 GRAND-AM. The only prior top-10 finish for the No. 51 APR Motorsports Audi was ninth at Montreal.
- Scuderia Corsa took the final GT podium position in its second Rolex Series race. Alessandro Balzan was coming off a pole-winning effort at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He was joined on the late entry by Johannes van Overbeek – on loan from Team Patron – who led 24 laps early in the race.
- 3 – GT laps led by Robin Liddell – the final three laps of the race
- 9 – Number of DP chassis manufacturers championships by Riley Technologies
- 10 – GT laps led by Patrick Lindsey in the No. 73 Horton Autosport Porsche GT3
- 15 – Number of championships for Chip Ganassi Racing teams in GRAND-AM and Indy cars.
- 89 – race-high GT laps led by Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3
- “This morning, I was just hoping for a podium. We made a lot of changes after qualifying, and when I saw Max (Angelelli) on the first restart, I saw we had a car that could win the race.” Ricky Taylor, race winner in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP
- “This has been an incredibly difficult and challenging season. We had to dig deep. We didn’t have the fastest car, so we had to right for every point in the championship. We made a strategy change today. We thought we’d be better off going with two driver changes, rather than two long stints.” Scott Pruett, No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley
- “We’re making progress at Lime Rock. We were finally able to win here – finally able to finish on the lead lap. We were able to do the right things and finish the championship.” Memo Rojas, No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley
- “I knew the No. 44 car was going to be close on fuel, so I tried to keep the pressure on him, and that’s what happened at the end.” Robin Liddell, No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
- “Every time Ricky (Taylor) was able to open a gap, I was able to get back to him. But this track is not an easy place to overtake, and Ricky defending his position very well. I really think that last safety car gave him a little bit of a breather. After that, he was really fast. We’ve always had the pace this year – we could have won five or six races this year. We’re getting to where we take races like today as bad results.” Antonio Garcia, No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP
- “(Not winning a race in 2012) was not for lack of effort. We had good pace and won a few pole positions, but we weren’t able to put everything together. You have to be perfect to win in this series.” Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP
- “APR did an amazing job developing this car. It seemed we never had the same car twice. The teamwork on the pit stop got me close to the front, and I was able to keep it there. I would have liked to have given Dr. Jim a victory, but a podium is the next best thing.” Dion von Moltke, No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8 GRAND-AM
The 2012 champs will be feted Monday evening at New York City’s Gotham Hall in the Rolex Champions Awards presented by SunTrust. The next scheduled Rolex Series test will be Oct. 27-28 at Kansas Speedway. The 2013 schedule will open with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 26-27 at Daytona International Speedway.
Recap courtesy of: www.grand-am.com
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