SEBRING, Fla. (July 18, 2020) – The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continued its 2020 season with a two-hour and 40-minute sprint race at the historic 17-turn, 3.74-mile asphalt and concrete-surfaced Sebring International Raceway. With a second place finish at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team retook the lead in the 2020 championship standings with 92 points.
After qualifying in third position, starting driver Renger van der Zande made an early pass on the first lap to take second place, charging ahead to fight for the lead with a dominating No. 31 Whelen Cadillac DPi. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac team ran atop the field consistently throughout the race with Ryan Briscoe bringing the car home in second place to make it a Cadillac 1-2-3 finish. This was Sebring International Raceway’s first summertime event, adding challenges of extreme heat and a threat of thunderstorms throughout the atypical sprint event.
“It is nice to be back on the podium again,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “Congrats to the 31 car. It is great to see our three Cadillacs on top at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring weekend. Renger and Ryan really drove well. They did a fantastic job. They truly complement each other and work very well together. The team should be proud of themselves. They worked really hard and their pit stops were spot on. There are still many races to go and we have a lot of work to do, but overall it was a great weekend.”
“It was a really good result today,” commented Ryan Briscoe. “Unfortunately, there was a lot of time management at the end. I’m really proud of the No. 10 Konica Minolta guys. We made a lot of changes to the car after we started the day on a bad foot at morning practice. We ended up with a great setup during the race, so thank you to the engineering. We’ll keep pushing from here on. Now, it’s time to hydrate.”
“Second place in Sebring today,” said Renger van der Zande. “It was super-hot, and people were falling out of the car when they came back out of the race. We made big progress on the car throughout the race weekend. It was hard work but was totally worth it. It always feels good to be on the podium. We just need to find a little bit more speed, so we can win a race again. Let’s do it at Road America.”
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will travel north to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for a two-hour and 40-minute sprint race at Road America on Sunday, August 2. Round four of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for twelve consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America’s Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for eight consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit us online and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, Linked In and Twitter. Konica Minolta, as title sponsor, highlights Wayne Taylor Racing’s existing lineup of partners that also features Cadillac V-Performance Racing, AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection (ESP /SurgeX) and Powervar, and CIT.