Taylor & Angelelli Lead Grand-Am To Mid-Ohio
STEAM CORNERS, Ohio — The Daytona Prototype championship battle has tightened and a new team has taken the point lead heading into this weekend’s Diamond Cellar Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
While Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entered the last race at Belle Isle Park with a seven-point lead in a bid for a fourth consecutive title, a first-lap crash left drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas on the outside looking in for the first time this season.
Belle Isle winners Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli, drivers of the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP, now hold a two-point lead over Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, drivers of the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP (148-146).
Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow, driving the No. 2 Starworks with Alex Popow Ford/Riley, are only seven points behind, with 141 points.
Defending Mid-Ohio winner Richard Westbrook — who now shares the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP with Ricky Taylor — is tied for fourth with Pruett and Rojas at 128 points, 20 points behind the leaders.
Jordan Taylor and Angelelli are now two-time winners in 2013, also winning at Barber Motorsports Park. Gurney and Fogarty ended a losing drought dating back to 2011 by winning at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Tex., in March.
Pruett (40 DP victories, including three at Mid-Ohio) and Rojas (27) opened the year by winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona in addition to scoring a victory at Road Atlanta.