Filipe Albuquerque Secures Third DPi Crown for Wayne Taylor Racing at 59th IMSA Rolex 24 in Daytona

Wayne Taylor Racing becomes the second team to win the Rolex 24 Crown DPi race three times in a row, after Chip Ganassi Racing managed this feat in the 2006-2008 races. 

Here are the winners for each category:

  1. DPi Race: Wayne Taylor Racing – Filipe Albuquerque, Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi, Ricky Taylor
  2. LMP2 Race: Era Motorsport – Paul-Loup Chatin, Ryan Dalziel, Dwight Marriman, Kyle Tilley
  3. LMP3 Race: Riley Motorsports – Scott Andrews, Oliver Askew, Specncer Pigot, Gar Robinson
  4. GTLM Race: Corvette Racing – Nicky Catburg, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor
  5. GTD Race: Winward Racing – Indy Dontje, Philip Elis, Maro Engel, Russell Ward

Albuquerque drove the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 DPi in Sunday’s race, coming in 4.704 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. This is the first time Acura has secured the Rolex 24 win, and the fifth overall victory for Wayne Taylor Racing. WTR made the switch from Cadillac to Acura during the off season.

The race came to a spectacular finish on Sunday, with Ganassi’s Renger van der Zande pushing for the victory in the last ten minutes of the race. A flat tire would force van der Zande into the pit, and give Albuquerque the breathing room to win the crown. This would cause van der Zande to place fifth in the race. 

“I was always looking in my mirrors. He (van der Zande) was fast. He was faster than me, obviously. But I thought there must be tire trouble. Physics tells you that. When you push too hard, something happens. When you go off track as well, something goes bad. I was not expecting that to happen, obviously, but I was expecting some trouble with (van der Zande’s) performance,” said Albuquerque in an IMSA interview with NASCAR.

The Rolex 24 at Daytona marks the start of the 2021 racing season for the IMSA, and is also the first major race of the year in the United States. The WeatherTech Championship season is set to continue on March 17th with the Sebring 12 Hours at the Sebring International Raceway.

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