No. 979
January 16, 2018

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OCTOBER 17, 2018

10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans came down to the final three corners on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course as Renger van der Zande in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Cadillac-branded DPi-V.R., took advantage of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac-branded DPi driven by Christian Fittipaldi, Felipe Albuquerque and Tristan Vautier running out of gas three turns from the finish line to take the victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale by 5.3-seconds over the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi driven by Luca di Grassi, Olivier Jarvis and Tristan Nunez. Spencer Pigot, Jonathan Bomarito and Marino Franchitti (No. 55 Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi ) finished third. Fittipaldi, Albuquerque and Vautierended-up fourth. van der Zande celebrated with his teammates, Jordan Taylor IndyCar's Ryan Hunter-Reay. "I was asking over the radio and they said he’s not going to make it and I said we’re on the last lap now, it’s not going to happen guys,’’ van der Zande animatedly recalled. “Then at the end, I saw he (driver Felipe Albuquerque) was running kind of slow and I thought, is he really going to run slow or is this a dream? It wasn’t a dream and I saw the move and just went for it. I'm super happy. This is just unbelievable. I was screaming on the radio.’’ Cadillac also clinched its second consecutive manufacturer title in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The No. 31 Action Express Whelen Engineering Cadillac-branded DPi driven by Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr and Gabby Chavez finished eighth overall, but that was still good enough to earn the season Prototype championship - the Action Express Racing Team’s fourth championship in the last five years. “Literally down to the wire, it was unbelievable,’’ said Eric Curran, who celebrated his first IMSA Prototype title. It was Curran’s second championship trophy in the last three years. “Why did it have to be so close? But it came out in our favor. Just an unbelievable day. Hats off to Felipe Nasr, my teammate. We had a fast car all day long, but we had to go slow at the end to not pit again. So," he added breaking into a grin. “We went slow to win the championship.” Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor and Graham Rahal (No. 7 Acura Team Penske) led the most laps (128) on the day and finished fifth overall after overcoming a pit road violation late in the race. There were seven different leaders on the day.
(Michelin Motorsport)
Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Fred Makowiecki (No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR/Michelin) won the GTLM shootout at the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler (No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R/Michelin) ascended to second after a final pit stop and stayed there for the final 48 minutes. John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert (No. 24 BMW Team Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW GTE/Michelin) finished third. The No. 4 Corvette's second-place finish assured the Corvette pairing of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen a second consecutive GTLM driver’s championship.
(Michelin Motorsport)
Corvette Racing’s consistency over the 11-race 2018 
IMSA WeatherTech Championship season proved to be the winning formula for the driver and team championships. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen defended their title and claimed Corvette’s third straight, after Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won in 2016. Despite not winning a race and finishing only eighth at Road Atlanta, the duo’s eight podium finishes led the field to ensure the title. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing led the class with five wins. The Porsche GT Team won three times and BMW Team RLL won twice. Corvette won once, but its 12 podium finishes allowed it to finish first and third in the championships. 
(Michelin Motorsport)
Ford claimed the 2018 WeatherTech GTLM Manufacturer championship. Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook (No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT/Michelin) had three wins and finished second in the driver and GTLM team championships.
After earning the Motul Pole Award on Friday – the team’s first of the season – the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 crossed the finish line ahead of the field to earn its first win of 2018 with co-drivers Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette joined by endurance driver Daniel Serra. It was the team’s first win in the Ferrari, which became the seventh different manufacturer to win a GTD race this season. “Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off the WeatherTech Championship in a WeatherTech car,” said MacNeil. “Big hat’s off to Daniel and Gunnar and the entire WeatherTech Scuderia Corsa team. Nobody put a wheel off, nobody made any mistakes, no mistakes in pit lanes and that’s what it takes to win in this competitive championship like WeatherTech. It was just about executing, hitting our marks.” The Motul Petit Le Mans not only set the stage for a race victory, but also for a narrow GTD championship battle featuring Paul Miller Racing teammates Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow finishing ahead of Katherine Legge.  Legge (with co-drivers Alvaro Parente and Trent Hindman) finished runner-up for her seventh podium of the season in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX. A podium finish by Paul Miller’s No. 48 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 was all that was required for the team to lock in its first championship and at the end of Saturday’s race, the team met that expectation. Sellers and Snow – joined by Corey Lewis, who also co-drove with the team to victory in March’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts – finished third on the podium, the team’s eighth of the season. For the second consecutive year, the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 team secured the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup title across all three GTD categories: driver, team and manufacturer. Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen were a part of last year’s winning lineup and this year were joined by Luca Stolz. Keating and Bleekemolen also finished third in the final GTD championship standings. 
(Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Aric Amirola (No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Smithfield Bacon For Life Ford) won the 
 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday when his teammate Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford) ran out of gas on the final lap. It was Almirola's second career victory and first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win since 2014; and it clinched a spot for him in the Round of 8 in the series playoffs. Read more about it .