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2/12/2019

Racing to Victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

A little – okay, maybe a lot of – rain couldn’t stop the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team from claiming victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The race was the first in which the CIT-sponsored car would compete for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The opening weekend of the championship featured extreme conditions and a shortened race. With limited visibility for several of the final hours due to heavy rain, the four drivers needed to be especially careful to stay out of trouble and in the lead.

Drivers Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Kamui Kobayashi and Fernando Alonso took the road to victory with a consistent and single-minded approach. While conditions alternated from fast and dry to chilly and extremely wet, the group of racing all-stars stayed their course for the 23-hour 49-minute race.

Starting from the sixth qualifying position, the team led 249 of 593 laps around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile superspeedway road circuit to finish in first place. The victory follows another impressive win the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team took home just two years ago in 2017.

 “…I can’t even put into words how great this win is for us. I want to thank Rick Taylor, Michael Mathe, everyone at Konica Minolta, Mark Reuss at GM, Steve Carlisle at Cadillac, all our commercial partners for believing in us and making all of this possible,” Wayne Taylor said. “Everything has to come together to win one of these, on and off the track. And to do it with this particular group of guys, it’s going to be a racing memory I will never forget.”1

Next up for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 16, at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. Follow along with the action with live television coverage on CNBC and NBCSN.

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