ECR Engines Finishes 1-2 in IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona
ECR Engines captured the victory 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.