Corvette duo of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor win again at Charlotte Roval


Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor scored their fifth GTLM victory with the No. 3 Corvette C8.R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this season, winning Saturday’s Motul 100% Synthetic Grand Prix at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

The Corvette Racing duo, which has won two consecutive and four of the past five while building a comfortable points lead with three races remaining, started on the pole position in the 100-minute race.

With a daylong rain leaving standing water in many sections (and affecting the NASCAR race earlier in the day), Taylor stayed out of trouble before turning the wheel over to his teammate.

“It wasn’t easy,” Taylor told NBCSN reporter Parker Kligerman. “For us leading the championship, it’s all about minimal risk. You weren’t going to win the race in the first 20-30 minutes, it was just all about survival and handing the car over to Antonio and waiting for it to dry out, and thankfully it did.

The track conditions came to us in our Corvette, and Antonio never put a wheel wrong and brought home another win, so an ongoing amazing year for the new C8.R.”

Garcia held off the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE of John Edwards and the No. 25 BMW of Conor de Phillippi on a restart with just more than 5 minutes remaining. The caution had flown after the No. 4 Corvette of Tommy Milner crashed after apparently blowing a tire with just more than 12 minutes left.

Garcia was able to snatch the lead from Edwards in a spirited battle through the infield section of the 17-turn, 2.28-mile layout that leads into Turn 1 of the 1.5-mile speedway.

They were really fast, they were aggressive,” Garcia said. “The C8.R was running perfectly. That was my chance. He was struggling with tires, but so was I, and I stayed calm and knew it was my turn. He did a little mistake. I went for it, and head down, another victory for Corvette.”

It’s the sixth victory this season for Corvette Racing, which switched to an overhauled midengine design this season.

“First year with a brand new car, no one would have expected this,” Taylor said.

In the GTD class, Bill Auberlen won for the second time this season (and 62nd of his career) with co-driver Robby Foley in Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3.

“When (the track) started to dry, this thing is on fire,” Auberlen, who became the all-time winner in IMSA with an Aug. 22 victory at Virginia International Raceway, told NBCSN reporter Dillon Welch. “This M6 does what it does, and it knows how to get to victory lane.”

Patrick Long finished second in GTD with the No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3R of Wright Motorsports.

IndyCar Power Rankings: Alex Palou still first as Newgarden, Ferrucci make Indy 500 jumps

NBC IndyCar power rankings
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The biggest race of the NTT IndyCar Series season (and in the world) is over, and NBC Sports’ power rankings look very similar to the finishing results in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Pole-sitter Alex Palou entered the Indy 500 at the top and remains there after his impressive rebound to a fourth after a midway crash in the pits. Top two Indianapolis 500 finishers Josef Newgarden and Marcus Ericsson also improved multiple spots in the power rankings just as they gained ground during the course of the 500-mile race on the 2.5-mile oval. Though Alexander Rossi dropped a position, he still shined at the Brickyard with a fifth place finish.

Santino Ferrucci, the other driver in the top five at Indy, made his first appearance in the 2023 power rankings this year and now will be tasked with keeping his A.J. Foyt Racing team toward the front as the IndyCar circuit makes its debut on a new layout..

Heading into the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on the streets of downtown, here’s NBC Sports’ assessment of the current top 10 drivers through six of 17 races this year (with previous ranking in parenthesis):

  1. Alex Palou (1): Three consecutive top 10 finishes at the Indy 500, and yet the 2021 IndyCar champion still seems slightly snake-bitten at the Brickyard. A few different circumstances and a dash of experience, and Palou could have three Indy 500 wins. But he at least has the points lead.
  2. Marcus Ericsson (4): Some want to say the Indy 500 runner-up’s unhappiness with IndyCar race control was sour grapes, but the Swede had a legitimate gripe about the consistency of red flag protocols. Still a magnificent May for Ericsson, especially while the questions swirl about his future.
  3. Josef Newgarden (7): Strategist Tim Cindric and team did a fantastic job catapulting Newgarden from 17th into contention, and the two-time series champion did the rest. Particularly on a late three-wide pass for the lead, it can’t be overstated how brilliant the Team Penske driver was in his finest hour.
  4. Alexander Rossi (3): He winds up being the best Arrow McLaren finisher in a mostly disappointing Indy 500 for a team that seemed poised to become dominant. With a third in the GMR GP and a fifth in the Indy 500, this easily was Rossi’s best May since his second place in 2019.
  5. Pato O’Ward (2): Unlike last year, the Arrow McLaren star sent it this time against Ericsson and came out on the wrong side (and with lingering bitterness toward his Chip Ganassi Racing rival). The lead mostly was the wrong place to be at Indy, but O’Ward managed to be in first for a race-high 39 laps.
  6. Scott Dixon (5): He overcame brutal handling issues from a wicked set of tires during his first stint, and then the team struggled with a clutch problem while posting a typical Dixon-esque finish on “a very tough day.” The six-time champion hopes things are cleaner the rest of the season after the first three months.
  7. Santino Ferrucci (NR): Pound for pound, he and A.J. Foyt Racing had the best two weeks at Indianapolis. Ferrucci said Wednesday he still believes he had “by far the best car at the end” and if not for the timing of the final yellow and red, he would have won the Indy 500. Now the goal is maintaining into Detroit.
  8. Colton Herta (NR): He was the best in a mostly forgettable month for Andretti Autosport and now is facing a pivotal weekend. Andretti has reigned on street courses so far this season, and few have been better on new circuits than Herta. A major chance for his first victory since last year’s big-money extension.
  9. Scott McLaughlin (6): Ran in the top 10 at Indy after a strong opening stint but then lost positions while getting caught out on several restarts. A penalty for unintentionally rear-ending Simon Pagenaud in O’Ward’s crash then sent him to the rear, but McLaughlin still rallied for 14th. Detroit will be a fresh start.
  10. Rinus VeeKay (10): Crashing into Palou in the pits was less than ideal. But a front row start and 10th-place finish in the Indy 500 still were 2023 highlights for VeeKay in what’s been the toughest season of his career. The Ed Carpenter Racing cars have been slow on road and street courses, so Detroit is another test.

Falling out: Will Power (8), Felix Rosenqvist (9), Romain Grosjean (10)


PRESEASON: Josef Newgarden is a favorite to win third championship

RACE 1: Pato O’Ward to first; Newgarden drops out after St. Pete

RACE 2: O’Ward stays firmly on top of standings after Texas

RACE 3: Marcus Ericsson leads powerhouses at the top

RACE 4: Grosjean, Palou flex in bids for first victory

RACE 5: Alex Palou carrying all the momentum into Indy 500