Five Races, Five Wins. ECR Engines Dominates First Half of IMSA SportsCar Series
Midway through the 2017 NASCAR season ECR Engines has already notched two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins with Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon scoring victories at Phoenix International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The two wins have positioned Chevrolet to make a run at the NASCAR manufacturer’s championship again in 2017; an award Chevy has won 14 times since 2001.
But perhaps a more impressive feat thus far in 2017 is ECR’s success in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series where through five races Cadillac Racing has won all five events and has secured 11 of 15 available podium places.
“We’re extremely proud of these significant accomplishments so far in the 2017 IMSA SportsCar Series,” said Brian Goble, ECR’s Sports Car engine program manager. “We knew that following multiple race and championship winning seasons in IMSA competition we had a big act to follow with the new Cadillac DPi-V.R but everyone at Cadillac and ECR has stepped up to the plate and delivered in a big way. We’re thrilled with an undefeated start through five races and are proud to represent the Cadillac brand on such a prominent stage.”
“When considering the timeframe available to us once the IMSA competition rules were finalized, all of the design, development, validation and chassis integration was done in a compressed timeframe,” said Matthew Wiles, ECR Engines Director of Design Engineering. “Successfully completing the testing program, with some as expected development prior to the start of the 2017 season, presented a challenge for everyone within the ECR engineering team but we couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments the program has achieved and consider it a testament to the capabilities of our company.”
The three Cadillac prototype cars competing in 2017 are the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac kicked off the 2017 season in a big way at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January taking Cadillac to Victory Lane for the first time as the overall winner at Daytona International Speedway.
Cadillac followed up the Rolex 24 victory with impressive wins at Sebring International Raceway during the famed 12 Hours of Sebring, Grand Prix of Long Beach, Circuit of the Americas and Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in the shadows of the GM Ren Cen Towers in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
“As in the Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade, the Cadillac 6.2L V-8 in the race car produces unrivaled, unfailing power and responsiveness,” said Richard Brekus, Cadillac Global Director of Product Strategy. “This season we exchanged engines only once for each car, each receiving a fresh engine after the Rolex 24 At Daytona. We disassembled the first engines and found no issues, problems or anomalies after the Rolex 24. The three cars have each run the engine we installed after the 24-hour race, taking the green flag on the first practice at Sebring, running and winning at Sebring, Long Beach, the Circuit of the Americas and Detroit with no major issues.”
“Cadillac has achieved unrivaled success so far this season and ECR is proud to be given the opportunity to play an important role in winning five races and collecting the impressive count of podium finishes through five races. What gives us the most amount of pride is the reliability of the engines themselves. We’ve seen few issues in competition thus far with the Cadillac engines and none which we haven’t been able to overcome to allow for a rapid return to on track competition by each of the three current Cadillac DPi-V.R teams.” Goble said.
ECR Engines has been a key part in the securing of three consecutive IMSA Series Prototype Engine Manufacturer’s Championships from 2014-2016. With five races remaining in the 2017 season, Cadillac Racing and ECR are primed to continue this streak of winning the coveted Manufacturer’s Championship on behalf of everyone at Cadillac.