Chevrolet Drivers Score Double Wins in Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor Win Overall and DP; John Edwards and Robin Liddell Take Top Podium Spot in GT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 6, 2013) – Max Angelelli put the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP) in the lead with 45 minutes remaining in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season.
The determined driver never stopped pushing, leading the final 33 laps around the 2.38-mile, 17-turn circuit to post his 22nd DP victory. Co-driver Jordan Taylor, who led five laps during the opening hour, scored his first DP triumph after winning twice in the GT division. It was team owner Wayne Taylor’s first win of 2013.
The Angelelli/J. Taylor duo led a trio of Corvette DP’s across the stripe to make it an all-Chevrolet podium in the DP class. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty took the checkered flag in second place, with Gurney handling the driving duties for the final stint in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP. In third place was Richard Westbrook wheeling the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP with co-driver Ricky Taylor.
Bringing home the victory in the Grand Touring (GT) class were John Edwards and Robin Liddell in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R. Edwards started the race from the pole, and Liddell won the race off pit lane from the final stop, and held off a hard challenge to win by 0.733 seconds.
“Congratulations to Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor on their win today at Barber in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, GRAND-AM Road Racing. “And to John Edwards and Robin Liddell for winning the GT class with the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R. Both teams did an excellent job with pit strategy throughout the race, and the drivers in both cars held off stiff competition in the closing laps of the race to get their wins. It was an exciting finish, and we are pleased that the No. 99 and No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototypes were on the podium as well. Race results like this are very rewarding for everyone at Chevrolet, our teams and our technical partners that work tirelessly on the GRAND-AM Road Racing program.”
Eric Curran and Boris Said brought the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette, to the finish in third place in GT, giving Chevrolet two of the three podium positions in-class.
In the 2.5-hour Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, Stevenson Motorsports teammates John Edwards and Matt Bell finished second in the No. 9 Camaro GS.R to capture their best finish of the season to date. Lawson Aschenbach and Eric Curran brought the No. 01 CKS Camaro GS.R to the checkered flag in fifth place, equaling their strongest run of the season so far.
“In addition, congratulations to John Edwards and Matt Bell on their second-place finish in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race this afternoon,” Lutz concluded. “It was also a very tense race with an edge-of-the-seat exciting finish. Chevrolet had a good presence in the finishing order with the No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro capturing the fifth finishing position.”
The next event for Team Chevy in GRAND-AM Road Racing will be at the GRAND-AM Road Racing debut event at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia, April 18 – 20. The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race can be seen live on SPEED, Saturday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT. The Continental Tire Sports Car Series race will run Saturday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. EDT, with television coverage set for broadcast on April 27, 2:00 p.m. EDT on SPEED.
POST RACE OWNER AND DRIVER QUOTES:
ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES:
MAX ANGELELLI & JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 10 VELOCITY WORLDWIDE WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETTE DP – OVERALL AND DP CLASS RACE WINNERS:
THE LAST TIME YOUR CAR WENT TO VICTORY LANE HERE WAS 2005 AND YOU WERE A DRIVER, ALONG WITH MAX. NOW YOUR GET YOUR SON, JORDAN, HIS FIRST DP WIN IN A TAYLOR-OWNER CAR. CONGRATULATIONS:
“Thank you very much. This team did an outstanding job this weekend. They worked really hard the whole year. Our pit stops are just terrific and Jordan and Max did an absolutely outstanding job. I owe this to the team. The team has worked so hard since the beginning of the season and, clearly, we’ve been better than the rest in the pits all season. Sometimes, you need to have a little bit of luck to win these things, but I just can’t say enough about this team and how everybody has elevated their game to perfection. A huge thanks to Velocity Worldwide coming on board at the time they did. You know, it was really a tough time at the end of last season trying to get everything together. I owe a special thanks to Paul Blakely, Enda McShane and Brian Stockman from Velocity. And, to Toshiba, who have stuck with us through everything we’ve done over the years. I have so much to repay them. And then there’s General Motors. Everything that Mark Kent, Jim Campbell, Mark Reuss – the support that they’ve put behind the series and behind these Corvette teams is just incredible. I can’t thank them enough. I’m just so happy for everybody.”
MAX, YOU LAST WON HERE AT BARBER IN 2005 AND YOU ARE VICTORIOUS AGAIN HERE TODAY. CONGRATULATIONS:
“Thank you very much. It’s been almost ten years and so I’m happy. After ten years, that’s good. Thanks to the team and to Jordan. They deserved it. They won the race.”
WATCHING THE LAST 15 MINUTES OF THAT RACE, IT LOOKED LIKE GURNEY COULD GET CLOSE TO YOU, BUT THEN YOU COULD PULL AWAY ALMOST AT WILL. WERE YOU JUST KIND OF RUNNING YOUR OWN RACE AND CONSERVING? WERE YOU PLAYING WITH HIM A LITTLE BIT OUT THERE?
“When you have the car to do that, it’s pretty enjoyable to inflict philological pain. So, I just enjoyed myself.”
AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF AUSTIN FIVE WEEKS AGO, HOW SPECIAL IS IT TO GET THE WIN HERE TODAY?
“It is great for the guys; not for me, for the guys. That’s it.”
THIS IS YOUR FIRST WIN IN A FAMILY-OWNED DAYTONA PROTOTYPE. HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
“Yeah, it’s cool. We had a strong car in Daytona and Austin, but it just didn’t go our way. Little things held us back. So, we knew we had it coming and it’s nice that it came this early in the season and that sets us up in a good position for the rest of the championship, so we’re looking forward to it.”
ROBIN LIDDELL AND JOHN EDWARDS, NO. 57 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS, STEVENSON AUTOMOTIVE GROUP CHEVROLET CAMARO GT.R – GT CLASS RACE WINNERS:
THIS CAR STARTED ON THE POLE WITH JOHN EDWARDS AND YOU BROUGHT IT HOME TO VICTORY LANE TODAY, BUT IT WASN’T EASY. YOU HAD YOUR HANDS FULL OUT THERE IN THE CLOSING LAPS:
“Yeah, we were under quite a lot of pressure. Alessandro (Balzan) was doing a good job in the No. 63 Ferrari was doing a good job. He’s not been in the series very long and we’ve already had a good few races with him and with those guys. Obviously the car was out front with John starting on the pole and that helped a lot. It takes the pressure off as the second driver. It’s not an easy track to pass around here and although the car was very good, it was key for us getting track position and trying to stay there rather than trying to fight out way through the field. The second pit stop was very key. We just managed to sneak out ahead of those guys. Great job by the team and the crew to do that and I had a pretty risky move in the pit lane just to stay ahead of him going down past their box. So, I figured that was going to be the key to the race. We obviously managed to come out ahead. We were certainly good on new tires and I think we were even better in the traffic. Overall, they
were very strong and they were closing the gap pretty tight and pretty quickly at the end there. So, hat’s off to all our crew and thanks to everybody on our side: Stevenson, Chevrolet, John, Mike Johnson, and everybody did a super job today.
“I think I gained a little bit from some track experience here. Obviously Alessandro has not been at some of these tracks and I think I just knew where to position the car and when the tires started to go off, I think I could cope with that a little bit better. He was a wee bit quicker in the end and obviously we were under quite a bit of pressure. But generally speaking, I seemed to get the breaks; and where I was able to stop a DP going by to get a run out of the corner and keep him between us, I was able to do that. We were looking very strong in the last section into the last couple of turns and I full expected him to have a lunge being made at me in the last lap, but he wasn’t close enough to me. So, all credit to the guys. The team did a wonderful job. In the end the guys did a super job in the pits and it was very, very tight on the way out because the No. 63 car came out of the box and I really thought we were going to make contact. I just my foot in because I figured that would be the key to the race, which I think in the end, it was. So a great job by everybody.”
YOU WON THE POLE AND YOU STARTED FROM THE FRONT WHERE YOU WANTED TO. AND YOU GUYS MADE IT WORK:
“Yeah, I had a pretty intense stint there because we chose to take tires and other people didn’t. So we were a bit faster but the tires were starting to go off as I was catching Jeff Westphal who hadn’t taken tires. And I didn’t think I was going to get by him without a mistake or some traffic, so I saw an opportunity with traffic and took it; and ended-up going sailing off the road, so I hope I didn’t give the team a heart attack doing that. But we ended up pitting behind Jeff and came out ahead. So full credit to the Stevenson crew and the tire change. We weren’t waiting on fuel for that stop. So the guys with the tires and Robin and Mike with the driver change, really deserve a lot of credit for taking that spot because if we had come up behind Alessandro, I don’t think we would have had a shot getting by him.”
ALEX GURNEY & JOHN FOGARTY, NO. 99 BOB STALLINGS RACING, GAINSCO AUTO INSURANCE CHEVROLET CORVETTE DP – FINISHED 2ND:
TALK ABOUT THE DAY, AND THOSE LAST LAPS:
ALEX GURNEY: ON HIS RACE: “Well actually the last four (laps) we were on fumes there so I backed it way down. But for a while there, when I’d get free of traffic I’d try to mount a run on it and it seemed like I could gain a little bit, but he (Max Angelelli, race winner) did an awesome job. He never made a mistake. Hats off to him. We were about the same. I think if we were in the lead, we probably would have won, as well. But anyway, it was a good solid race and a great points day, for sure.”
JON FOGARTY: ON HIS RACE: “The opening part of my stint was great. The car was really perfect and I was able to open up a gap and kind of maintain my pace. Then a yellow came out, people kind of mixed up their strategies, and we came out in the middle of the field. Working our way through traffic we came up upon a bunch of slower cars and I just picked the wrong line. I ended up following a GT car through the grass and was just fighting from there. We had a good clean race. The 10 car went around the outside of me for position, it was a good move, but I feel like that is what put us in second place. It would have been great to win, but we are conscious of the fact that we play for championships. Podium points are solid and this moves us closer to the championship.”
RICHARD WESTBROOK AND RICKY TAYLOR, NO. 90 SPIRIT OF DAYTONA RACING, VISITFLORIDA.COM/GOPRO CORVETTE DP – FINISHED 3RD:
RICKY TAYLOR RAN PRETTY LONG THERE AND PUSHED THE FUEL ENVELOPE IN THE FIRST RUN, BUT YOU PICKED IT UP. DID YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO TRY TO GET TO VICTORY LANE?
RICHARD WESTBROOK: “No, we were pretty much out of fuel; but that’s car racing. Sometimes you’ve got to play the fuel-mileage game. It’s a real shame when you’re driving because you know how good the car is and you’ve got to save fuel. Even with saving fuel, we could race them up to a point and then there was no point and we’d get overtaken in fuel-saving mode. So, we backed-off and brought it home. Good points and I think when we wake up tomorrow we’ll all be happy.”
ON HIS RACE: “It’s good to get our season going with some points. A little bit disappointed because we had a really good car, like we always do here. When we wake up tomorrow we will be happy with the points when we look at the points table because it looks a lot stronger for us. The team did a great job. Just a little bit unlucky with the strategy. We had to save a lot of fuel during the race, which is part of sports car racing, but it’s not nice when you drive in it and you know the car is good. You want to race, but you’ve got to back off just to get around. That is what makes this sport so interesting sometimes the strategy that is played out.”
ON HIS RACE: “We had a good car and thought pit stops and strategy were really good. I was a bit disappointed with the way I drove today. It was a good day. I think we can build on it in Atlanta. It’s good to have a podium after a rough start to the season.”
MORE: “The car was really fast in clean air. I felt like we were definitely as good as the 99 and then the 10 and 01 didn’t have the pace we did for sure. I was a bit frustrated with myself in traffic and I kind of let them get away. But at the end of the day it’s a good podium and I think we can build on this for the rest of the year.”
CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE:
JOHN EDWARDS AND MATT BELL, NO. 9 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO GS.R, FINISHED 2ND:
JOHN EDWARDS: ON HIS RACE: “It’s the elusive double win (referring to his win earlier in the day in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class). Bill (Auberlin) has been able to do it twice, and I’ve come close once before, and can’t pull it off quite yet. I hate sound depressed to finish second, but when you are leading with 20 – 30 minutes to go, and just make a rookie mistake, I just missed a shift and let Hugh (Plumb) right by. Hugh drove great. After the restart, I got in a scrap with David Empringham. We had some contact in (turn) five, which is fine; we were side-to-side. Then going down the straightaway, he just turned right into me. So, don’t know what he was doing.”
MATT BELL: ON HIS RACE: “We didn’t have a car for second place. To come away with it is really, really impressive. Not enough can be said about the Stevenson team. Really, I mean…when I started driving the car, it was really good for two laps, but I was in traffic and couldn’t capitalize on it. We had a pretty good lap, but they just immediately faded. One I got a handle on it; the car was just getting looser and looser, just almost to the point of being un-drivable. They made a decision to make a change, and the change was perfect. The next stint they made another change, so John’s drive was even better. Then again, on the final stint, they made more changes. Like I said, we didn’t have a second place car; to come away with it is really impressive.”
LAWSON ASCHENBACH AND ERIC CURRAN, NO. 01 CKS AUTOSPORT CAMARO GS.R, FINISHED 5TH:
LAWSON ASCHENBACH: ON HIS RACE: “We actually had a really good Team Chevy CKS Autosport Camaro. But, we just really had nothing for them today; it was a little bit frustrating. We got put back a little bit on our last stop; we took four tires instead of two. It’s hard to come back here with track position. Considering everything that happened, and what happened with
Eric in the beginning of the race, I’m pretty happy with fifth place. A little bit disappointed, but to get out of here with a fifth…hopefully we will just regroup and get a little bit better for Road Atlanta.”
ERIC CURRAN: ON HIS RACE: “The race was good. The Continental Tire Series is always tough, but this Team Chevy No. 01 CKS Camaro was great all day long. I got tangled up with an ST car early running in the top-five, but got back up to the fourth position. Lawson did a great job finishing up in fifth. We needed the points. We had a tough race at COTA. We’re excited to finish in the top-five. With the other Camaro, the Stevenson car, in second, It has been a good day overall for Chevrolet. We finished third with Corvette in the GT class of the Rolex race earlier. There were a lot of Chevrolets on the podium today, so I’m excited for that.”
POST ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES RACE WINNER’S PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
MAX ANGELELLI AND JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 10 VELOCITY WORLDWIDE WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETTE DP – OVERALL AND DP WINNERS
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE RACE FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE:
MAX ANGELELLI: “For my side it was kind of easy because I only had to maintain the gap looking after the tires so I really babysitting the tires all along. The car was great. Jordan (Taylor, co-driver) allowed me to have such a race. Easy race, easy stint because he put the car in such a good position ahead of the No. 99 that really helped. On top of it the team really made a good call. I never thought about it and I was the one pushing the team for only a one stop race but they, as usual, they didn’t listen to me. So we won the race.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST ROLEX DP WIN:
JORDAN TAYLOR: “It was a pretty exciting day I would say. I would say the first 10-15 minutes before that first yellow wasn’t great for me. I got caught in a bit of GT traffic with (Memo) Rojas. We were also saving a little bit of fuel at that point. I knew if the yellow had come and we had to take a stop we would be in a good position to jump them maybe and our guys are always strong in the pits so we were able to get back by them, but we lost a lot of track position. I think we were sixth or seventh in line, but the car was super strong. We were able to kind of maintain a decent pace and pick off guys not aggressively and not taking high risk it was kind of in traffic. I think when I got Jon (Fogarty) he was held up by a GT car over the hill and I was able to get around him. I don’t remember a couple of the other ones, but Ricky (Taylor) was another one, he got held up by one of the Nonnamakers I think and I was able to get around him. It was exciting. When you are in the car for that kind of a period of time you don’t really know what is going on around you. I didn’t know where we were track position wise or fuel wise when we put Max (Angelelli, co-driver) in. So once I got out of the car, spoke to the guys, heard that we had a decent gap and we were the only ones at that point fully fueled to get to the end I was pretty excited. Those last 50 minutes were pretty stressful. I’m used to finishing the races in GT so it’s a little different on this side, but it was good. Max did a great job.”
CORVETTE HAS FINISHED 1, 2, 3 TODAY AND QUALIFIED PRETTY WELL. WHAT ABOUT THIS TRACK SUITS THEM?
MAX ANGELELLI: “Probably we have the best teams. Chevy had the best teams. That is what I think and best drivers.”
JORDAN TAYLOR: “We definitely have strong teams, good strategy and like if you look at the driving pairing in the Corvettes compared to the Riley’s it is pro/pros in most of the Corvettes and pro/am in most of the other cars. I think if you look at the fastest laps the Riley’s were right there. I think Brendan Harley even had the fastest lap of the race. Over a lap over a stint I think if you have pro/pros in both cars it’s going to be a fight at the end. I think the only difference was it was an all green race and the pro/pro line-ups made that gap at the beginning where it mattered. I think that is kind of where you see the difference.”
THERE WAS PRETTY MUCH A LACK OF DRY RUNNING TIME FOR MOST OF THE WEEKEND. DID THE CAR FEEL AS WHAT YOU EXPECTED IT TO BE OR DO YOU THINK THERE COULD HAVE BEEN IMPROVEMENTS IF YOU HAD MORE DRY TIME?
JORDAN TAYLOR: “I think there were definitely rooms for improvement. Qualifying was basically the only dry session we had. It was basically my first time back in the DP here in a couple of years. I don’t think my feedback was that accurate. We didn’t really want to take a risk on a change before the race. We knew we had a decent car. We qualified third so we were safe in that respect, but I was able to have good running in the race and Max (Angelelli, co-driver) only drove in the wet the whole weekend. His first dry lap was actually his first lap in the race. He had to adapt pretty quickly and not lose that gap that we had already. It was an exciting day, a lot of firsts for everyone. I’m just glad we were able to get through it the way we did.”
IN REGARDS TO THE TRACK SURFACE:
JORDAN TAYLOR: “It’s always nicer when you have more grip and compared to last year we had the predicted lap on the dash from the year before and that is always nice to see that ticking down the whole way around the lap. The new Continental tire was much better as well so we were able to push throughout the stint and not really have to maintain a pace. That made I think the racing more exciting.”
WITH ALEX GURNEY HOUNDING YOU TOWARD THE END WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DO DIFFERENTLY TO HOLD HIM OFF? WERE YOU AWARE OF HOW CLOSE HE WAS?
MAX ANGELELLI: “No, I wasn’t worried. I knew what I had. My car was so strong. I could pull away. I think I show it to him. There was not a worry. I had the situation in my hands and just managed the gap. I just kept him around two seconds I guess. That is it. Our car was really good. It’s been a good weekend.”
THEY GROUND THE TRACK DOWN AND YOU HAD A NEW TIRE COMPOUND THIS WEEKEND. HOW DID THAT COMBINATION WORK OUT FOR YOU GUYS TODAY? WHAT DID YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY FROM LAST YEAR?
MAX ANGELELLI: “Continental delivered a great tire compound. Finally they were able to decide their own destiny changing the tires. It was about time. Finally we can practice; finally we can race hard so that was great. Now we have good tires and we can push all the way to the end.”
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO GET YOUR FIRST DP WIN? WITH YOUR BROTHER ON THE PODIUM HOW WILL THE FAMILY GO ABOUT CELEBRATING THIS EVENING?
JORDAN TAYLOR: “I don’t know if he will be celebrating as much as us. We both want to win, but it’s cool that we were both on the podium. I know he probably wanted to be on the top step like we are and vice versa. If I was in his position I would want the same. Our brother relationship isn’t really like other brother relationships. We don’t look at it as a competitor wanting to kill each other out there. I think you can see from both races that we race respectably. Same with (Jon) Fogarty we never touched once in Austin or here. It’s good racing and we know one of us is going to be better one weekend the other is going to be better the other weekend. I don’t think any comparisons need to be made. I think someone is going to have a good day and a bad day and the other day is going to be vice versa. We enjoy it.”
JOHN EDWARDS AND ROBIN LIDDELL, NO. 57 STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS CAMARO GT.R – GT WINNERS
IN REGARDS TO HOW THE RACE UNFOLDED:
JOHN EDWARDS: “I had the first stint, then we pitted and took tires and a l
ot of people didn’t so I had to try to work my way through the field and I think that was still the right call because we saw Boris (Said) struggling on his tires at the end of his stint and lost a lot of track time. I think that was the right call, but it did put us back in traffic and I had to work hard to make that up. Made a pretty opportunistic move with some traffic when I caught Jim Norman was trying to go around the outside of (Jeff) Westphal while he was inside Jim Norman and went sailing off at the exit of turn four. That was maybe not my wisest decision, but in a two hour race we are flat out the whole time and you know that those positions are really going to matter. In the end I didn’t get by him and pitted from P2 (position 2) and the crew did an awesome stop. We were a bit concerned that driver changes it’s tough to do within the tires and the driver change went perfectly and got done before the tires. The crew did a great job on the tire change. Dropped the car and beat the No. 63 out of pit lane and that was really the key to the race. After that Robin (Liddell) with two maybe dry laps in practice went out and did a 27.7 on his first lap and then held off (Balzan ) Alessandro the whole time. Excellent job by him as well.”
ROBIN LIDDELL: “Although it was a short race and reasonable uneventful from my point of view I felt under quite a lot of pressure. Obviously, same sort of deal for everybody this weekend. It was a wet weekend up until qualifying. Although I did a couple of laps at the end of that final practice it really wasn’t completely dry. Obviously, the track has changed quite a bit. I think the testing that we did here in November helped us quite a lot. Or helped me at least just being able to go out and get into the groove straight away. I knew that was important plus with only fourteen minutes or so to go, fifteen minutes I guess maybe. I felt the pressure of being able to go out and basically stay in front of those guys, but got into a good rhythm pretty quickly. The car felt good. The track has improved quite a lot from our point of view although there is some fall off in the tire degradation it’s not as bad as it used to be so it’s definitely a step forward. That is a credit to the team here at the track for dealing with that and the Continental guys. Obviously, John (Edwards) as usual did a good job, got the car on pole, drove a really good stint and really I think it came down to the guys in the pits. We had a pretty good second pit stop and I came down pit lane and the Ferrari had dropped and started to go. He came out at quite an angle, but of course by that time I was doing 45 (mph) and I just literally thought to myself ‘if he comes out I am just going to crash into him.’ There was no way I was lifting I just had to stay on the outside lane. I wasn’t willing to lift. I figured at that point if he got ahead of us in the pit that probably was going to be the game changer. We managed to stay ahead and we were pretty strong on new tires actually compared to them. I think in the traffic as well we were able to keep them at bay quite effectively. I think in some respects they have proven themselves to be pretty strong competitors already. We have had a few tight races with them so far in the short time they have been in the series, but also in terms of our experience here at this race track and on fading tires with traffic, etc. I think that did play out a little bit to my advantage and was able to choose my moments better and keep the advantage in the traffic situation. All in all very happy, I must say I wasn’t expecting to come out of here with a win. I really thought we were going to have a tough time this weekend. Very happy for all the team and everybody else at Stevenson and Chevrolet.”
Chevrolet Drivers Score Double Wins in Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park