Taylor & Angelelli Master Kansas Road
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It was a matchup of a five-time champion vs. a Daytona Prototype rookie with 35 minutes remaining in Saturday’s SFP Grand Prix, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series debut at Kansas Speedway
Jordan Taylor was up to the task, holding off Scott Pruett all the way to the checkered flag.
Taylor won by .568 seconds in the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP started by Max Angelelli. Winning their third race of the season, they also came from fifth to regain the lead in the DP championship standings with only two races remaining.
“It was stressful,” Taylor said. “It was a good race, and the guys had perfect strategy. The team put me out front when I needed to be there. Then all I had to do was not make any mistakes and hold Pruett behind me. Luckily, I did that.”
Pruett’s co-driver Memo Rojas had contact while battling Christian Fittipaldi for the lead on Lap 11. A pit stop to repair the damage dropped the No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX BMW/Riley to 10th when Pruett took over. The Californian worked his way to the front and finally led the race before final pit stops with 35 minutes left. Taylor came out of the pits ahead, and from there it was a matter of staying ahead.
“It was a great battle,” Pruett said. “Jordan did a terrific job. That’s what racing is all about – GRAND-AM racing that close, that tight. We had a long way to recover today, and had a heck of a fight to get to the front.”
Ozz Negri and John Pew recovered from an accident in Friday’s opening practice to finish third in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford/Riley, followed by Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, and Brian and Burt Frisselle in the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.
Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel entered the race holding the DP points lead but lost 21 laps to repair damage when Popow brushed the infield wall in the No. 2 Starworks Motorsport Soloson BMW/Riley. They finished 11th. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were in a position to claim the DP points lead, but lost ground after an incident and finished eighth in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP.
Taylor and Angelelli lead Fittipaldi by two points (269-267), with Popow/Dalziel another point behind while Gurney/Fogarty and Barbosa sit at 265 points. All but counted out of the fight midway through the season, Pruett and Rojas are sixth with 264 points, five points behind.