CADILLAC TARGETS 36 HOURS OF FLORIDA SWEEP
Having conquered the Rolex 24 at
Daytona in storming fashion with its new
Daytona Prototype international entries,
the Cadillac powered and clad cars threw
down the gauntlet during testing for the
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, too.
Drivers for Rolex 24 winners Wayne
Taylor Racing and the pair of Cadillacs
fielded by Action Express Racing were
instructed by the manufacturer to run as
hard as possible in an effort to dispel the
belief its DPi-V.Rs were sandbagging. The
results were ominous for the opposition.
Juan Pablo Montoya has won in
everything from F1 and IndyCars to
NASCAR stockers, but the Colombian,
who’ll be an Indy-only entry for Team
Penske’s IndyCar Series squad this year,
has only dabbled in sports cars...so far.
“Dabbling” includes a 2013 Rolex 24
at Daytona win with Chip Ganassi Racing,
and sampling a Porsche 919 Hybrid
LMP1 prototype last year.
Recently, he tried GT Le Mans machinery
for size, driving Risi Competizione’s
Ferrari 488 GTE for a few laps at Sebring
as a “friendly test” during the team’s
preparations for the 12 Hours of Sebring.
“It’s fun,” Montoya said. “It’s different.
Prototypes drive more like an open-wheel
car. This is very different. There’s a lot of
pitch movement in the cars – it’s kind of
Ex-GP2 ace Alex
Lynn will join the
WTR Cadillac squad
for Sebring, replacing
retired Max Angelelli.
Very big shoes to fill...
tricky. It’s very easy to get it wrong. You go
in one time and it’s like, ‘Oh, it turns.’ The
next time, it doesn’t and the next, it goes
smooth. It’s very hard to be consistent.”
While there are no plans for Montoya to
race the Ferrari, the test may point toward
his next move. Although there has been no
official announcement, Team Penske is
expected to field a DPi team in an alliance
with Honda for 2018’s IMSA Weather Tech
Championship. Will that provide another
relaunch of Montoya’s storied career?
“As a driver, it’s the best thing you can
hear – to be told to go out and run as hard
as you can,” said Jordan Taylor, who led
the way with a lap 1.616sec below the
2016 Sebring pole. “We were definitely
not leaving anything on the table.”
All three DPi-V.R entries combined to
run 1- 2-3 in every Sebring session. “So
much of the testing we did over the
winter was about durability running that
we haven’t actually been able to do a lot
of performance testing with the car,”
Taylor noted. Now, they clearly have...
Having debuted in IMSA guise at Daytona,
Acura’s new NSX GT3 expands into the Pirelli
World Challenge realm with Real Time Racing
starting at St. Petersburg. Peter Kox joins
the team to drive alongside Ryan Eversley.
KETTLE OF FISH
Montoya found the
Risi Ferrari 488 GTE
a world away from
cars, but that just
added to the
challenge. “If they
would let me, yeah,”
he enthused when
asked if he would be
interested in going
racing with the car.
Racing multi-tasker Juan Pablo Montoya tries
a Ferrari GT on for size. So what comes next?
ALWAYS UP FOR
Just for fun...for now, but
Montoya might soon take a
more serious role in IMSA.
“Prototypes drive more like an
open-wheel car. This is very different.
There’s a lot of pitch movement.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA