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6/27/2019

Cruising into Fifth Following Motor City

The Streets of Belle Isle circuit in Detroit has traditionally been home to some of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. team’s greatest moments. The team experienced a winning streak on the circuit four out of five times between 2013 and 2017.

After coming into this year’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with the strong position of third place in the ISMA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the team finished a few spots behind at fifth. Half of the 10-race season remains, with plenty of time left for gaining on the 17 points which separate the team from first place.  

“By the end of the race, we had a couple of incidents, lost a lap making the repair. About the only positive we take out of here is that we learned a lot about the car but, otherwise, it was not a good points day,” driver Renger van der Zande said. “We have the second half of the season to make it up.” 

Van der Zande started off in the sixth position he earned in the qualifying race, and managed to hold his ground before Jordan Taylor took over at the 36-minute mark. After the team broke into the top five with under 20 minutes remaining in the race, the car made contact with another car’s tire barrier, resulting in a broken rear wing. The team lost a lap for repairs and ultimately finished the race in ninth place.

Next up, the team heads to New York for the annual Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Things kick off on Sunday, June 30 at 9:35 a.m. Follow along on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports App for live coverage of the six-hour event. We’ll share highlights and a recap following the race for you right here at CIT.

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