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06/12/2021 | Press release | Archived content

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Whelen Engineering Cadillac Finishes Second at Mid-Ohio

Derani and Nasr save fuel for podium



The Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr finished second in today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sportscar Challenge Presented by the TLX Type S at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.

The Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course is known for being tight and favoring light weight cars. Today's race was a lesson in fuel saving strategy and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R team showed their engineering prowess by finishing second today.

The race witnessed only one full course caution period, which made for a torrid pace over the two-hour-and-forty-five-minute run time. Felipe Nasr was the closing driver in the red Whelen Engineering Cadillac and had to manage the fuel economy of the V8 powered car over the last stint. The Action Express Team was wearing out their calculators by constantly giving the Brazilian driver the necessary information to maintain a gap to third while still trying to go for the win. In the end, second was the result giving Nasr, Derani, and the team their best finish of the year.

'That was the name of the game - saving fuel,' Nasr said. 'I have to credit Whelen Engineering Racing. They did an awesome job on strategy - especially on getting clear track and having enough fuel to go to the end. But, I have to say it was a little too extreme. That made me lose that position. We wanted to win that race. It was hard to do everything at the same time - save fuel, keep temperature in the tires. We knew the Acuras had a little more in their two tanks. So, they had a margin to play [with]. Whereas we were on the extreme limit. I think I saved the most fuel I ever have in a race. I'm happy and sad at the same time because once you feel you can grab the win and then let it go. It's hard. But, that's racing. We made the most of what we had. We came away with a lot of points, which are needed in the Championship. We haven't been up on the podium yet this year. It's a nice way to get things moving again. Thank you to our sponsors Cadillac, Whelen Engineering and Lucas Oil.'

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Tristan Vautier and Loic Duval came to the checker in fourth. Like the 31, the JDC-Miller Motorsports managed team did not have to splash for fuel and made the most of the day with a fourth-place finish.

'Our pace was ok, but we were struggling a little bit on starts and restarts on cold tires,' Vautier said. 'It was a very fun first stint for me battling with the Wayne Taylor car. In the end it was all about who could make it to the finish line. We managed to salvage a decent result with good fuel saving by the team and Loic. We wanted better, but fourth place is good points and we made the most of the race in the end.'

Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande drove to a fifth-place finish. The team had to overcome a start penalty when Magnussen pulled out of line before crossing the start stripe. As the race progressed the team was running strong in the top four. With just five-minutes remaining van der Zande was forced to pit for a splash of fuel sealing a top five finish.

'Basically, we went swimming across the river, made it halfway, and we had to go back [referring to the splash of fuel at the end],' van der Zande said. 'The car was much better in the race than qualifying. The team did a great job getting the 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac good for the race. I made some cool moves getting by the Acura and the 5 Cadillac. We learned a lot about what the car needs on a low grip track and we will take the forward.'

Cadillac IMSA Mid-Ohio results:

2. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani

4. No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, Tristan Vautier and Loic Duval

5. No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing DPi-V.R, Renger Van Der Zande and Kevin Magnussen

The teams will travel to the Motor City and the temporary road course on Belle Isle for the Detroit Grand Prix, June 11-12.

Image credit: Cadillac/Richard Prince

Cadillac DPi-V.R racing history, the Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R won the Sebring 12 hours. In the season opener Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Ally Cadillac team placed second with NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. In 2020 the Konica Minolta Cadillac team won the season opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and posted a win at Petit Le Mans. The Whelen Engineering team won Sebring in July. Konica Minolta Cadillac team won the IMSA Endurance Cup championship.

In 2019 Konica Minolta Cadillac took the win at the season opening Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona, the Whelen Engineering Cadillac squad followed that up by winning the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The Mustang Sampling Cadillac team also posted a win at Long Beach on the year.

The 2018 season saw the Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R win the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona; Cadillac won the IMSA Prototype Manufacturer Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac drivers Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr win IMSA Prototype Drivers' Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac wins the IMSA Prototype Team Championship; Cadillac wins Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) Manufacturer Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac drivers Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr win TPNAEC Drivers' Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac wins TPNAEC team championship.

In 2017 Cadillac teams won every title in the inaugural season of the IMSA DPi formula including: Cadillac wins DPi manufacturer championship; Cadillac wins TPNAEC (Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup) manufacturer title; Jordan and Ricky Taylor 2017 IMSA WeatherTech DPi driver champions; Konica Minolta Cadillac team champions; Mustang Sampling Cadillac drivers Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque won the TPNAEC DPi driver championship; Mustang Sampling Cadillac won the TPNAEC DPi team championship; Whelen Engineering drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran finish second in the driver's championship; Mustang Sampling Cadillac drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi finish third in the driver's championship; Cadillac teams combine to win seven races in 2017: Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring, Long Beach, Circuit of the Americas, Detroit, Watkins Glen, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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