LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2020) – Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor took his second GT Le Mans (GTLM) pole position of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season Sunday in an early-morning session for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Taylor, in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, set a lap of 1:17.985 in the championship-leading entry he shares with Antonio Garcia. Taylor also was the class pole-winner at Sebring in July. Garcia and Taylor lead the GTLM Drivers’ Championship by 14 points over their No. 4 Corvette C8.R teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.
Gavin qualified third in class and was 0.530 seconds off Taylor’s pace. He’ll line up behind the No. 3 Corvette for the start of the race.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET today with same-day coverage on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET. Live streaming coverage begins at 2 p.m. via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. In addition, IMSA Radio will broadcast the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and scoring.
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM POLE-WINNER:
“It was good. No matter how many cars, the GTLM class is always going to be competitive. It’s unfortunate Porsche isn’t here but hopefully they will be back for the next round. For us, it’s the first time here with the Corvette C8.R, so a lot of this came down to preparation by the team. We spent two days at the simulator last week to prepare for it and rolled off the truck really strong. We’ve only had to make a couple of minor adjustments, and that speaks volumes for the team and the preparation to come here with a brand new car and be out front. The Corvette was really good in qualifying and has been good all weekend. Hopefully we can lead the next session as well.”
MANAGING TRAFFIC IN THE RACE: “This is my first time racing here in GTLM. Passing the GTD cars in practice is difficult. The speed differential isn’t that big. You can get stuck behind them for most of the infield if you don’t get them down the main straights. They have ABS and can brake very deep into those big brake zones as well. There’s not a big separation between the classes, so hopefully that doesn’t impact too much of the race. Then with the prototypes coming through, that will make it even more interesting.”
Links and Info for the 2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio
Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio: A New Stop for Corvette C8.R
Corvette Racing at Road Atlanta: Runner-Up Finish for Gavin, Milner