24 Hours of Daytona: Albuquerque takes the lead in driving “the race of my life” | IMSA SportsCar News – Motorsports

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Philippeal Bukerk promoted “The Race of My Life” at the end of the 24 Hours of Daytona to stay ahead of Renger van der Zande.

Van der Zande was hit by a flat tire towards the end of the race, ending the attack on Albuquerque and consolidating the WTR team’s victory.

Since switching from Cadillac to Acura in the off-season, WTR has won three consecutive Rolex 24 wins in the first race. This included Van der Zande leaving the team to participate in Chip Ganassi Racing.

Albuquerque shared the winning ARX-05 with Ricky Taylor, Hélio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi.

“I saw his eyes in the mirror!” Albuquerque told NBCSN about the pressure from Van der Zande.

“He was very hungry for this, especially throughout the story of him leaving Wayne Taylor. [Racing] Join another team.

“He was certainly fast, but one thing to catch and another to pass.

“He was pushing really hard, I was lucky he had a flat tire, he was strong through the bus stop.

“I think it was the hell of the show. It was probably the most difficult race of my life. It was beautiful.”

Ricky Taylor was given the option to stay in the car and decided to hand over the car to Albuquerque for the final stint.

“That was an absolutely right decision. He’s a superstar. He won the World Championship at WEC last year, and we wanted him in our car,” Taylor said.

“I couldn’t ask for any more teammates with Alex and Helio. He was finally pressured from all over the world and took him like a champion.

“I need to send love to the Chip Ganassi guys. They were there all day and were unhappy at the end. They didn’t deserve it. [puncture].. “

Team boss Wayne Taylor added: “I won 6 times here. It’s amazing. There was a lot of vodka near the end. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was very hungry.”

Corvette Racing Garcia test is COVID-19 positive

Corvette Racing GT Le Mans winner Antonio García missed most of the race due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The # 3 Corvette C8.R is driven by GTLM champions Garcia and Jordan Taylor of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and an additional durable Nicky Catsburg and is a sister car to Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy and Alexander Sims. Leaded 1 to 2. The team for the second year by car.

After the race, the team issued a statement explaining that Garcia had left the car in most races.

“As part of the international COVID travel protocol, all drivers and team members traveling in the United States and abroad are required to take a COVID test before and after racing activities,” it read.

“Antonio García did a negative test in preparation for arriving at Rolex 24, but was notified that he did a positive test in preparation for leaving the country.

“He withdrew from the competition shortly after being notified that the test result was positive and was asymptomatic, but he will no longer participate in additional racing activities at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

“As a result of discussions between IMSA and its Event Operations Protocol, the Series has determined that it meets all requirements under the IMSA Event Protocol, which allows Corvette Racing to compete in a safe and responsible manner.

“Notify the crew and others who have come into contact with Antonio and follow the CDC guidelines and test with members of the racing team after 72 hours.”

– Motorsports

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