LEEDS, Ala. — Max Angelelli took the lead with 45 minutes remaining and held off Alex Gurney for the remainder of the race to win Saturday’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Angelelli was at the wheel of the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP, scoring his 22nd career Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype victory. Co-driver Jordan Taylor won for the first time in DP after scoring two GT victories.
“For me, from my side it was kind of easy because I only had to maintain the gap, looking after the tires, so I was really babysitting the tires all along,” Angelelli explained. “And the car was great. Jordan (Taylor) allowed me to have such a race, an easy race, because he put the car in such a good position ahead of the 99, and that really helped. And on top of that, the team really made a good call, and I’ve thought about it. I was the one pushing the team for only a one-stop race, but as usual they didn’t listen to me. So, we won the race.”
Gurney and pole-winning co-driver Jon Fogarty continued their hot streak in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, which won the most recent race at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
Robin Liddell held off Alessandro Balzan by .733 seconds. Liddell co-drove with pole winner John Edwards in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Balzan took over from new co-driver Jeff Westphal in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458.
Dr. Jim Norman took his third consecutive triumph in the new GX class, co-driving with fellow Rolex 24 winner Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 38 BGB Porsche Cayman. Both of the new SpeedSource Mazda 6 entries took turns in the lead earlier in the race. Tristan Nunez and Joel Miller finished second in the No. 00 Visit Florida Racing Mazda 6, three laps behind.