Grand Am: Home victory for Corvette in 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.
It is the drivers’ second win of the 2013 season, and catapulted the pair into the lead in both GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series (Rolex Series) team and driver points. The victory in the shadow of Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters also extended Chevrolet’s lead in the Series’ DP Engine Manufacturers’ Championship Point Standings. “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.”
“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.
“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!” 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.”
“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.”