Category Archives: ECR

ECR Engines Finishes 1-2 in IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona

ECR Engines Finishes 1-2 in IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona
Wayne Taylor Racing wins title in ECR-powered No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

WELCOME, N.C. (January 30, 2017) – ECR Engines captured the victory Sunday afternoon in the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, powering Wayne Taylor Racing’s (WTR) No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R across the finish line and giving Cadillac its first ever Rolex 24 win.

WTR completed 659 laps and won by 0.671 seconds over Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, also powered by ECR Engines.

“What an extraordinary day for ECR Engines and Cadillac,” said Richie Gilmore, president of ECR Engines. “Congratulations to Wayne Taylor Racing for a heart-stirring victory and to Action Express Racing for a strong second-place finish. We’re thrilled we could power these teams to a 1-2 finish and more importantly give Cadillac its first ever Rolex 24 victory.”

Wayne Taylor Racing passed Action Express’ No. 5 team with seven minutes remaining after the team had led for a majority of the race. WTR drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli celebrated in Victory Lane as the Prototype and overall winners of the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R team dominated much of the race before being passed by WTR. Action Express’ No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Mike Conway and Sebastian Morris finished 14th overall after an incident during the race.

“This is a testament of the durability and horsepower of ECR Engines,” said Gilmore. “Our team of engineers and engine builders deserve credit for this 1-2 finish. We’re looking forward to continued success in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series and hope to defend our title as manufacturer champions.”

ECR Engines has won IMSA Tudor Series championships for three consecutive seasons and won the Prototype Engine Manufacturer’s championship four years in a row. In 2014, ECR swept the podium at the Rolex 24, with the Corvette Daytona Prototypes finishing 1-2-3.

Based on the campus of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), ECR Engines produces engines across seven types of stock car and sports car racing series, including production for NASCAR teams such as RCR, Germain Racing and JTG Daughterty Racing. In 2016, ECR collected 17 victories and powered GMS Racing to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

-30-

About ECR Engines:
ECR Engines is a high-performance engine production, research and development company at the Richard Childress Racing facility in Welcome, N.C. ECR provides engines for NASCAR teams like Richard Childress Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Germain Racing, Leavine Family Racing as well as others. ECR also produces engines used in all of the Cadillac DPi Daytona Prototypes which compete in the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship series, as well as for teams in the ARCA Racing Series, SCCA, dirt and asphalt short tracks and sprint car racing. ECR Engines have earned more than 200 victories, including two Brickyard 400 wins, and championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, 24 Hours at Daytona & the 12 Hours at Sebring in the IMSA WeatherTech Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

ECR Engines Enjoys a Great Weekend!

ECR Engines Goes 1-2 Twice in Same Weekend
Wins in Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway, Grand Am Series at Barber Motorsports Park
 
WELCOME, N.C. (April 2, 2012) – ECR Engines earned the top two spots twice on March 31, with first- and second-place finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and the GRAND-AM Series Daytona Prototype division at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.
 
“It was a Saturday that couldn’t have gone much better for ECR Engines,” said Richie Gilmore, chief operating officer for ECR Engines. “We dominated both qualifying sessions so the front rows on the grid prior to the start of the races were a nice photo opportunity for us. To be so strong in both races, with completely different styles of engines on completely different types of race tracks, is a testament to how strong ECR Engines’ overall program is this early in the 2012 season. It was also an honor for ECR Engines to be the power behind Chevrolet’s first trip to victory lane with the new Chevy Corvette DP car.”
 
Richard Childress Racing’s Kevin Harvick (No. 2 Kroger/Tide Chevy) and Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy) provided the one-two punch at Martinsville. They qualified side-by-side on the front row for the Kroger 250, with Harvick grabbing his third pole in the series. The race was all Harvick. He dominated the field, leading 248 of the race’s 250 laps, a series record, and took the checkered flag ahead of Dillon by 0.953-of-a-second. It was Harvick’s 14th win and 46th top-five finish in 118 Truck Series starts. The runner-up showing for Dillon was a career-best in his brief five-race history in the series that also includes three other top-10 finishes.
 
“It’s been a long time since we’ve dominated like that and actually won,” said Harvick. “We made a lot of changes over the off-season, moving teams to RCR, and this is what we’d hope for — to make what was a good Camping World Truck Series team even better.”
 
A similar scenario occurred in the Porsche 250 GRAND-AM Series Daytona Prototype race at Barber Motorsports Park. The No. 90 Spirit of America Chevrolet Corvette DP team of Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia grabbed the pole just ahead of the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette team of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty. Westbrook and Garcia would then go on to lead 84 of 103 laps, with Garcia taking the checkered flag 2.326 seconds ahead of Gurney. It was the first win for the Troy Flis-owned team that has competed in the series since 1999.
 
“When I saw that the race was green all the way through, I thought to just stay [in position and] and not take so many risks because I thought that a yellow may come,” said Garcia. “For sure, it did. With two laps to go, I had a little bit of panic. But it really paid off because as soon as I pushed, [the pace] was there.”