Ganassi wins in Canada for 4th IMSA victory of the season
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (AP) — Renger van der Zande navigated traffic to make the game-winning pass with 10 minutes left in Chip Ganassi Racing’s IMSA sports car race victory Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
It was Ganassi’s fourth win of the season in the Daytona Prototype class and IMSA’s first weekend race in Canada since 2019 due to a two-year pandemic hiatus.
Despite power steering issues, van der Zande drove the No. 01 Cadillac into a battle with Meyer Shank Racing’s Oliver Jarvis in the final minutes of the 2-hour, 40-minute race. Jarvis in an Acura was slowed down by traffic shortly after the final race restart and van der Zande jumped up and slipped his Cadillac between the two cars and into the lead.
“I knew it was time to go when we had the first few laps, and I was screaming on the radio for traffic,” van der Zande said. “I needed traffic to get by. To be honest, it’s maximum attack, total risk. That’s what you do when you’re behind in the league.”
Van der Zande pulled away to win by 3.509 seconds for his 18th career IMSA victory – and the 10th for co-driver Sebastien Bourdais. The duo also won at Long Beach and Detroit, and teammates Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn led the No. 02 to victory at Sebring.
“We had huge power steering issues,” Bourdais said. “Honestly, I was barely hanging on. I have no idea how he did to just put that thing up there and fight the guys around the outside with the thing going in and out, because it’s was just excruciating. Like, super tough. Almost dangerous to drive. That’s all him.”
Jarvis and his co-driver Tom Blomqvist finished second for the fifth consecutive race this season. But they took the lead in the DPi standings 56 points clear of Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor.
A collision between Taylor and the No. 02 Cadillac driven by Bamber with 34 minutes to go knocked Wayne Taylor’s entry out of contention and into an eventual sixth-place finish.
The #54 CORE autosport Ligier JS P320 with drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun won the LMP3 class, the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R with drivers Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell won the GTD PRO, and the n °27 Heart of Racing The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 team with drivers Roman De Angelis and Maxime Martin won the GT Daytona class.
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