Corvettes at Laguna Seca

DPs take third straight victory; GTs finish sixth and seventh

Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante gave the Corvette Daytona Prototype its third straight victory in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Sunday, May 3. The pairing won the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, Calif., in their Racing No. 90 Corvette DP.

Corvette Daytona Prototypes took four of the top five positions in the fourth race of the season. The May 3 result increased Chevrolet’s lead in the Prototype Engine Manufacturer championship, and it vaulted Westbrook and Valiante into the lead of the Prototype Driver’s standings.

Westbrook finished 1.351 seconds ahead of Ricky Taylor in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP. Taylor and brother Jordan now have a victory and two runner-up finishes in their last three races.

"It was an excellent battle between Richard Westbrook and Ricky Taylor to the finish today at Laguna Seca,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Program Manager for Corvette Daytona Prototypes. “Richard and Michael Valiante drove well, and the quick work by the Racing crew helped secure today's win. Our Corvette DP program is carrying great momentum heading to our 'home race' in Detroit later this month."

Valiante led the first 15 laps, and Westbrook led the final 29. The key moment came on his final pit stop with 29 minutes left when he took a quick splash of fuel without giving up the lead. Westbrook won for the second time at Laguna Seca. He and Valiante also won last year at Watkins Glen International.