August 29, 2012
2012 Grand Am Championship week end at Lime Rock
Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli scored their third consecutive Daytona Prototype victory at Lime Rock Park, while Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas took their third straight DP championship with a seventh-place finish.
Taylor held off Antonio Garcia to win by .334 seconds, giving the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP its third victory of the season. Garcia and Richard Westbrook also ended the season as three-time winners in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP.
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney rounded out the podium in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, followed by the two Action Express entries (the No. 5 of David Donohue and Brian Frisselle, and the No. 9 of Darren Law and Joao Barbosa), giving the Corvette DP a sweep of the top five places to cap its first year of competition.
Needing a ninth-place finish, Pruett and Rojas iced their fourth DP title in five years by finishing seventh in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. Ryan Dalziel entered the race with a mathematical shot at the championship, but finished sixth in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley started by Alex Popow.
Robin Liddell and John Edwards took their third GT victory of the season in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Liddell passed Andy Lally with three laps remaining, denying the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 started by John Potter its third triumph of 2012.
Lally then had to pit for fuel, promoting the No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8 of Dion von Moltke and Jim Norman to a second-place finish.
While 2012 GT champions Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal had problems early in the race that resulted in an eighth-place finish for the No. 69 AIM Autosport/Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia, a third-place finish by the late-entered No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia of Alessandro Balzan and Johannes van Overbeek gave Ferrari the GT manufacturers championship.
1st: Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor, No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP
2nd: Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia, No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP
3rd: Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP
1st: John Edwards and Robin Liddell, No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
2nd: Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke, No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8
3rd: Johannes van Overbeek and Allesandro Balzan, No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari
Margin of Victory: .334 seconds (DP); 3.677 seconds (GT)
Average Speed: 92.873 mph (DP); 88.389 mph (GT)
Cautions: Five for 29 laps
Photo Credit: MotorSportMedia | Halston Pitman | Jake Galstad Source: Grand-Am.com