One year ago, then co-driver Tom Long and Britt Casey Jr. grabbed the pole and went on to win the Sportscar Grand Prix race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a decisive fashion. This past weekend brought the same results for Britt Casey Jr. and new co-driver, South African Michael Taylor. The Unitronic sponsored JDC-Miller Audi was hot right off the truck with Casey setting the fastest times during the first in day of practice and continuing same through the rest of the pre-race practice sessions. The qualifying session produced the same results with Taylor setting fast time of the field by over a second to take the pole for Saturdays two-hour race.
Race day would prove to have its challenges despite the pole position start and Michael Taylors lead of the field for the entire first half of the race. The JDC-Miller team pitted the car for a full service stop and driver change at the approximate mid-point of the race bringing Taylor in from the lead to hand the car off to Casey Jr. for the finish. During the driver change it is suspected that one of the six-point racing harness belts accidentally hit the on-board fire suppression activation switch releasing the fire-retardant solution throughout the engine bay, fuel cell area and on driver Britt Casey Jr. The team quickly ventilated the cockpit allowing a somewhat clear vision for Casey to exit the pit box yet contact with a removed tire placed a drive thru penalty on the car causing the #17 Audi RS3 LMS to go down over a lap and a half after the troubled pit stop placing the car back to tenth position.
With less than four minutes, equating to two laps, to the checkered flag Casey had wrestled his way back through the field finding himself in second place behind another JDC-Miller Audi team car. The downhill 120 MPH turn two presented the opportunity for Casey Jr. to make a very calculated outside pass to take the lead and the ultimate win for Audi giving Casey Jr. back to back wins at CTMP. In post-race podium interviews, still covered in fire suppression foam literally from helmet to shoes Casey stated “I was not going to allow a pit road misfortune to let my team and Audi not come home with this well-deserved win….we all worked way too hard all weekend not to achieve our goal. Our team and Audi gave us the proper race car to win and that is what we did”