Cosworth Electronics congratulates Teams at Daytona Rolex 24H
- Thrilling win for Wayne Taylor Racing and Cadillac in rain-soaked opening to the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
- New Cosworth Electronics LMP2/DPi systems prove reliable and dependable in gruelling conditions.
- 31 teams rely on Cosworth Electronics in the 55th running of the famous endurance challenge.
Cosworth Electronics, a division of the world-renowned performance engineering and manufacturing group, has extended its congratulations to Wayne Taylor Racing, Action Express Racing & VISIT FLORIDA Racing for their outstanding achievements at the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
The 55th running of the legendary 24-hour event, which heralds the start of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, endured over 14 hours of rain and cold temperatures, before conditions improved and the teams pulled out all the stops for a thrilling final 20-minute sprint to the chequered flag.
After 24 hours and 659 laps of racing, the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R of Wayne Taylor Racing, driven by Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli, secured victory by less than a second over the Mustang Sampling Cadillac Dpi-V.R of Action Express Racing, driven by Filipe Alberquerque, João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.
Cosworth Electronics supplied a total of 31 teams for the endurance event, including the third-placed VISIT FLORIDA Racing Riley Gibson LMP2 car, driven by Renger van der Zande, Marc Goossens and René Rast, who posted an outstanding performance.
The extended running in very wet and chilly conditions followed by a long lead in to the final sprint represented the hardest possible start to a new season for a new range of products - likely to flush out even the slightest weakness in the performance and reliability of the Cosworth system.
As the hours and the laps passed, the Cosworth LMP2 and DPI systems - comprising brand new CCW Mk2 steering wheel, RSP20 switch panel, IPS power controller and CLU logging unit (for the DPi cars), which had been the subject of intense effort in the build-up to the race, held up against the elements - a testament to the efforts of the Cosworth Electronics engineering teams in Cambridge, UK and at the track in Daytona.
The Cosworth Electronics teams now look forward to the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship - the Mobil1 12 hours of Sebring in March.
Max Angelelli - Team Owner and Driver, Wayne Taylor Racing
"We overcame a lot of challenges with electronics throughout the build-up to this weekend but our team is completely satisfied and very happy with Cosworth Electronics. We've been amazed with their reaction time and ability to completely address and solve every issue above and beyond expectations. Cosworth is a key reason we are where we are right now and I'm delighted."
Gary Nelson - Team Manager, Action Express Racing
"Cosworth Electronics has done a great job for us here - we ran the whole race and the #5 car had almost the perfect day - all that rain and the electronics system kept working so that's good."
Troy Flis - Team Owner, VISIT FLORIDA Racing
"In 30 days we've taken a brand new system from Cosworth and put it on a car that went out and ran 24 hours straight at Daytona without issue. We really appreciate the system and I think it's been a real attribute for the team this weekend."
Thomas Buckler - Managing Director, Cosworth Electronics
"We knew that Daytona was going to be important for us as the acid test for the new LMP2 and DPi systems. I'm thrilled and delighted that our electronics played their part in enabling such a great race and delivering the maiden victory for Cadillac as a manufacturer. I'd like to thank all of our team at the track and back in Cambridge for the all hard work they have put in to create a high performing, robust and reliable set of products."