Daytona 24 Hours, United SportsCar Racing

Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Cadillac DPi driven to victory in 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona

The past weekend saw the 58th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a race that serves as the opening round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the defending team Wayne Taylor Racing running the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in the premier DPi class was successful yet again in the Daytona International Speedway classic.

Doing the driving this year were the combination of Renger Van Der Zande, Kamui Kobayashi, Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe. Together, they brought Wayne Taylor Racing its third Daytona win in the modern DPi era that started in 2017, and Cadillac’s fourth.

Kobayashi was behind the wheel at the end of the race. The ex-Formula One driver finished more than a minute ahead of the No. 77 Mazda DPi of Mazda Team Joest. In third place was the Cadillac DPi of JDC Motorsports.

This year’s race saw 38 teams compete, which was the smallest field to date. Nevertheless, there was plenty of action throughout, including multiple lead changes and a few harrowing moments such as when Briscoe missed the red light at the end of the pits during the race’s fourth caution, with the pit violation earning his team a 60-second penalty.

No. 24 BMW M8 GTE of BMW Team RLL at the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona

In the LMP2 class, victory went to the No. 81 Oreca LMP2 of Dragon Speed USA thanks to the efforts of drivers Harrison Newey, Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and Colin Braun.

In the GTLM class, the tightest class of the race, the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE of BMW Team RLL came out on top. Doing the driving were John Edwards, Jesse Krohn, Augusto Farfus and Chaz Mostert. The new Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs of Corvette Racing also competing in the GTLM class and sporting the new mid-engine layout of the C8 Chevy Corvette could only manage fourth and seventh place in their race debut.

And finally, in the GTD class, the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Paul Miller Racing was victorious. Doing the driving were Andrea Caldarelli, Corey Lewis, Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow.

Teams now take a break before competition heats up again in mid-March for the 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway.

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Traditional yellow Chevrolet Corvette C8.R racing livery debuts

It’s a new year, and a new era for Corvette fans. The C8 generation has gone the mid-engine route, which means its racing variant, the C8.R, is mid-engined, too.

The race car made its debut last October, but the car shown at the time wore a silver livery with splashes of yellow. That’s not the color setup everyone recognizes.

Now the C8.R adorned in the more traditional yellow livery has made an appearance. The number 3 car, set to be driven by Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia, was shown on Twitter by Taylor.

The yellow-based livery is similar to the design of that found on the C7.R race car with a handful of American flags thrown into the mix.

Yellow Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race livery, photo by Richard Prince

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R race car

Together with the gray number 4 car, to be piloted by Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, the yellow C8.R will be seen in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans category where it will face off with the latest Porsche 911 RSR and Ferrari 488 GTE. It’s unclear if the Ford GT will campaign again privately or via some avenue other than Ford itself for the 2020 season, as the automaker has ended its racing program for the GT.

While the C8.R resembles the road car upon which it’s based, the race car’s engine is a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 with dual overhead cams and a flat-plane crank. It sounds like no other Corvette race car in history. The new V-8 hasn’t been confirmed for a road-going version of the C8 yet, but an announcement is expected before race season begins to meet homologation rules. Expect this engine to be in the C8 Corvette Z06 with a twin-turbocharged setup possibly finding its way into the next ZR1.

It’s unclear how much power this new flat-crank 5.5-liter V-8 can produce, but in the C8.R it’ll be limited to the regulation mandated 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

The silver number 4 car was previewed at the 2019 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October while the yellow number 3 car will likely make its formal debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, which is the opening race of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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