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Cadillac and Corvette team for a GM sweep at Long Beach

By: Associated Press
April 14, 2018 Updated: April 14, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Cadillac retained its spot in victory lane at the Grand Prix at Long Beach but it wasn't the usual winners.

Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque ended Wayne Taylor Racing's three-year winning streak at Long Beach by driving their Cadillac DPi-V.R. to victory for Action Express Racing. It's their second win of the season, but first for both drivers at Long Beach.

The victory was the 20th in IMSA sports car competition for Action Express, which took over the Prototype points lead.

Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp finished second in a Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi, their second consecutive year as runner-ups. Wayne Taylor Racing rounded out the podium with Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande finishing third.

The duo also finished second at Sebring. Jordan Taylor had to catch and pass his older brother, Ricky, his co-driver for their last two Long Beach wins, in the closing minutes to secure the final podium spot.

Team Penske's two entries finished fifth and sixth and the organization remains winless through the first three races of its celebrated return to sports car racing.

It was a banner day for the General Motors brand as its Corvette Racing team won the GT Le Mans class. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner teamed for their second consecutive victory on the Southern California street circuit.

It was Milner's third career Long Beach win and Gavin's record-extending fifth career victory on the street course. It also was the seventh win in 12 Long Beach races for Corvette Racing and the eighth Long Beach win for Chevrolet, tying with Porsche for most manufacturer victories at the venue.

Ryan Briscoe and co-driver Richard Westbrook led Ford Chip Ganassi Racing to the other two spots on the podium. They were second and remain the GTLM points leader, while teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller finished third.

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More AP Auto Racing: https://racing.ap.org

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