Cadillac V-Performance drivers Michael Cooper (Syosset, N.Y) and Jordan Taylor (Apopka, Fla.) finished fourth in today’s make-up race at the Pirelli World Challenge weekend at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Teammates Johnny O’Connell (Flowery Branch, Ga.) and Ricky Taylor (Lake Mary, Fla.) finished close behind in fifth.
The grid for the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) make-up race, cancelled in May due to rain, was set based upon their fast lap from the first race that went off on May 20. O’Connell and Ricky Taylor started fourth in the No. 3 Velocity Red Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe with Cooper and Jordan Taylor starting a row back in fifth in the No. 8 Vector Blue Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe.
The Taylor brothers had the start of the race in their respective Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupes. At the drop of the green of the 60-minute race Ricky was able to slot into third at the start. Brother Jordan was pushed wide heading up into Turn 1 and had to back out to avoid a blend-line penalty and slotted into sixth in the SprintX Pro/Pro class.
Approximately 27-minutes into the race Jordan pitted the No. 8 Cadillac and turned it over to Cooper. He exited pit lane just in front of the No. 31 Ferrari, but couldn’t hold off the yellow Italian car. Five minutes later Ricky pitted and turned the car over to O’Connell. Both drivers were passed in the later quarter of the race by the No. 2 Mercedes and came to the checker in fourth and fifth.
“We had a flawless pit stop,” Cooper said. “I exited right in front of the No. 31 Ferrari and he went under and then over me into Turn 1 and got bye. When Johnny exited I saw how easy it was to do the same move. Those guys in the front just gapped us. Neither of us had anything for the Porsche, Ferrari or Mercedes. It is late right now and it is going to be even later for the team tonight.”
“I thought I had a good run going into Turn 1,” Jordan Taylor said. “Dalziel (Ryan, No. 2 Mercedes) kept pushing me to the left. You can’t cross the pit-out (blend-line) here or you will get a penalty, so I had to back out and gave up some track position. We exited Turn 1 in sixth and we ran in that position during my stint. I was just trying to manage the tires and run a good pace. Both Cadillac race cars finished as good as we could of today. We will go into tomorrow and Sunday looking to improve.”
“The race track was hot, the air was hot and our Cadillac is heavy,” O’Connell said. “I was sliding from the very start of my run. Ricky had a good stint, but at the end when we were going to pit he hit traffic. Any advantage we had we gave up at that point. The cars in front of us are all lighter. At the end of the race they will have more tire and run faster. We have yet to win one. We will keep digging and try for a better result tomorrow.”
“It was tough,” Ricky Taylor said. “The start was good. You just have to make sure you don’t get pushed wide into Turn 1. I made up a spot at the beginning. It is really hot here today and we have a lot of weight in the car, so it is tire management and try to run a good pace. The team gives us good cars, we have pretty good pace, but the tire wear is what gets us. We will try to qualify well for tomorrow and hold them off in the race.”
Source. Kyle Chura/Cadillac Racing