Cadillac V-Performance drivers Michael Cooper (Syosset, N.Y) and Jordan Taylor (Apopka, Fla.) finished second in race two of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship at Lime Rock Park today. Teammates Johnny O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and Ricky Taylor (Lake Mary, Fla.) finished seventh.
Based upon their fast laps from race one yesterday, Jordan Taylor started the No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe from the second row in fourth. Teammate and brother Ricky started the No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe from the fifth row in ninth.
There was drama at the start of the 60-minute two-driver race. The front cars tried to go four wide at the drop of the green flag. The pole sitting, and yesterday’s race winner, No. 58 Porsche had contact and spun, which opened up the lane for Jordan Taylor to put the No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe into the race lead. As a result of the contact a full course caution flew. Nine minutes later the race went green with Jordan Taylor leading. The team pitted Jordan deep into the 10-minute pit window and Michael Cooper took over the Vector Blue Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe. During the pit stop he was passed by the eventual winning No. 4 Audi R8. He was able to bring the car home in second keeping he and Jordan in the overall SprintX points lead.
“Unfortunately we didn’t have anything for the Audi today, they were super strong,” Cooper said. “Jordan had a great start and awesome stint to drive thru the mess on the first lap and take the lead. My run was uneventful, I just tried to drive clean laps and get around the lap cars cleanly. Somehow the No. 4 car jumped us during the pit stop. It is a great points day coming out of here in second and still in the points lead.”
“The start was good, I was able to avoid what happened on the front stretch and take the lead,” Jordan Taylor said. “The start was key I got a good clean run into Turn 1. I could tell how strong the 4 car was during my stint and I knew it would be tough for Michael to keep him back. We got jumped in the pits and we couldn’t catch them on the track. We finished better than we expected in second so a good day for Cadillac.”
Ricky Taylor took the green and had to avoid the carnage into Turn 1. He had a clean stint as he turned the Velocity Red Cadillac ATS-V.R over to O’Connell in seventh. O’Connell was able to navigate the traffic and car parts in the middle of the track to come home in seventh.
“We had a better car today than yesterday,” O’Connell said. “All I was trying to do was run down the guys in front of me one at a time and deal with traffic. I am happy with the car. Everyone pulled together as a team to give us a better Cadillac today. Jordan and Michael did a good job to come home in second. When the opportunities arise in this sport you have to take advantage and they did that today. A good Cadillac weekend.”
“It was pretty wild in the first couple of laps,” Ricky Taylor said. “The car was coming to me as the stint went on. I was lacking a little bit grip at the start. It would keep improving over the longer run. At the end of my stint the car felt better, we just lost some track position. If we would have had a yellow at the end and bunched up the field I think Johnny could have done something.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Championship will travel to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with IndyCar, June 23-25.
Source. Kyle Chura/Cadillac Racing