Corvette Racing Pulls off Stunner, Paul Miller Racing Continues Dominance
Today the GTD and GTD Pro classes in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar championship completed their last solo class race of the year at Virginia International Raceway. The 2 hour and 40 minute sprint race yielded 81 laps from the race leaders. Jordan Taylor who had recently been announced as a driver for the Wayne Taylor Racing second GTP program secured the win for Corvette Racing with teammate Antonio Garcia. The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD finished 2 seconds clear of the No.14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
The No. 14 Vasser Sullivan car seemingly had a healthy lead with about an hour left in the race but a mechanical issues that saw the car stall in the pitlane provide the Corvette Racing team with the margin to make up lost time and take the lead. They would never look back; holding the lead until the end of the race. Taylor said after the race, “This has to be one of the most special races I’ll ever have. Amazing race, amazing victory.” The win helps Corvette Racing cut into the lead built up by Vasser Sullivan who now leads the GTD Pro class by 144 points.
The class has two more races with a packed field in Indy and the season finale at Le Mans Petit. All 5 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes will hash it out on track for those final season ending points until we have champions crowned. As the title fight tightens the on track tension rises.
In GTD, Paul Miller Racing secured a record setting 5th win on the season; extending their championship lead in class. With both the 2nd and 3rd place sitters entering the weekend not finishing in the top 3. The No. 01 BMW M4 GT3 seized the opportunity and made it count. The teams has not yet statistically locked out the championship however. There will be new challenges at Indy and Road Atlanta for the season closers. The only way to make the championship a surety is to win. Paul Miller Racing leads the class by 375 heading into the second to last round of the season.
It was a great day for BMW as 3 of the top 5 cars in the race were from the manufacturer.