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3/28/2019

Seconds Away for Second Place at the 12 Hours of Sebring

The 12 Hours of Sebring may be a lengthy race, but the real action this year came down to just 1.030 seconds. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team, sponsored this season by CIT, had the closest finish in 67 years of the race when they recently came in second place behind the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R team.

An unscheduled pit stop during the opening laps nearly derailed the team in an effort to correct an overheating problem. A subsequent pit-road speeding penalty saw the car pushed to the tail-end of the 38-car lineup. With these challenges, a runner-up finish was more than impressive. It was a tremendous achievement.

“We dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole at the beginning with that unscheduled stop, but this team and these drivers did an outstanding job working our way out of it and coming away with a second-place finish,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “Now we’re tied in the points, but we’re in a lot better position this year than we were last year at this time. When you get this close, it’s disappointing to not come away with the win, but we’ll gladly take this result and try and go one better the next time.”1

A trifecta of consecutive victories was nearly completed following the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team’s recent win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 2018 season-ending win at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. This was the second consecutive runner-up finish for the team at Sebring. Back in 2015, current team driver Jordan Taylor scored the runner-up finish with his older brother Ricky Taylor and Max “The Ax” Angelelli.

“We had a third-place car all day, so to finish second was good,” said driver Taylor. “We would have loved to win Sebring again, but I didn’t think it was worth a huge risk for the points to make too big of a move there at the end. I am happy with second and we will go on to Long Beach.”

Next up, the team is moving out of Florida and heading to the streets of California. The Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach takes place Saturday, April 13. The one-hour, 40-minute sprint race will be televised by NBCSN starting at 5 p.m. ET. Tune in there to watch live and catch a recap following the race here.

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