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Grand-Am: Jordan Taylor wins Kansas Speedway duel with Scott Pruett (+results)

Velocity Worldwide's Jordan Taylor (Corvette DP) refused to open the door when reigning champion Scott Pruett (BMW/Riley) came knocking, 35 minutes remaining into the Grand-Am race at the Kansas Speedway.

In the end, Taylor and co-driver Max Angelelli won from Pruett and Memo Rojas by half a second, which means they now lead the championship standings with two races left on the calendar, albeit only by two points. Ozz Negri and John Pew (Ford/Riley), who suffered a severe practice crash Friday, fought back to finish third.

Unfortunately for GT pole sitter Alex Tagliani, whose teammate Jeff Segal left the pits with the fuel hose still attached, Alessandro Balzan picked up his first win in the series, co-driving the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia with Leh Keen.

IndyCar veteran Tagliani was replacing Max Papis aboard the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Ferrari 458. The Canadian led a total of 47 laps, but the penalty resulting from the messy pitstop was too much to overcome for Segal.

Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey took second in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT3.

Joel Miller (Mazda 6) converted his fifth GX pole of the season into a fifth win, with the help of co-driver Tristan Nunez.

Jordan Taylor, Grand-Am, Corvette, Kansas Speedway
Jordan Taylor, Corvette DP (Photo: Grand-Am.com)

Race results – Kansas Speedway (Grand-Am)
1 - Angelelli-Taylor (Corvette DP/Dallara) – Taylor - 123 laps
2 - Pruett-Rojas (Riley-BMW) – Ganassi - 123
3 - Negri-Pew (Riley-Ford) – Shank - 123
4 - Barbosa-Fittipaldi (Corvette DP/Coyote) – ActionEx - 123
5 - Frisselle-Frisselle (Corvette DP/Coyote) – ActionEx - 123
6 - Hartley-Mayer (Porsche 997) – Starworks - 123
7 - Cameron-Nonnamaker (Riley-BMW) – Sahlen - 123
8 - Fogarty-Gurney (Corvette DP/Riley) – Stallings - 122
9 - Potolicchio-Valiante-Sarrazin (Corvette DP/Coyote) - 8Star - 122
10 - Nonnamaker-Nonnamaker (Riley-BMW) – Sahlen - 121
11 - Balzan-Keen (Ferrari GTS3 458) – Corsa - 118
12 - Lindsey-Long (Porsche 997) - Park Place - 117
13 - Assentato-Lazzaro (Ferrari GTS3 458) – AIM - 117
14 - Edwards-Liddell (Chevy Camaro) – Stevenson - 117
15 - Sellers-Boden (Audi R8) – Fall-Line - 117
16 - Tagliani-Segal (Ferrari GTS3 458) - AIM - 116
17 - Auberlen-Della Lana (BMW M3) – Turner - 115
18 - Lally-Potter (Porsche 997) – Magnus - 112
19 - Marsal-Johnson (BMW M3) - Turner - 111
20 - Miller-Nunez (Mazda 6) – Speedsource - 109
21 - Pumpelly-Norman (Porsche Cayman) – BGB - 103
22 - Dalziel-Popow (Riley-Ford) – Starworks - 102
23 - Taylor-Westbrook (Corvette DP) – SpiritOfDaytona - 100
24 - Di Guida-Bourdais (Corvette DP/Coyote) – 8Star - 92
25 - Wilson-Yacaman (Riley-Ford) - Shank - 91
26 - Long-Tremblay (Ferrari GTS3 458) – Speedsource - 45
27 - Curran-Said (Corvette Z06) – Marsh - 24

DP championship
1. Taylor-Angelelli 269; 2. Fittipaldi 267; 3. Popow-Dalziel 266; 4. Gurney-Fogarty, Barbosa 265; 6. Rojas-Pruett 264.

GT championship
1. Balzan 279; 2. Potter-Lally 278; 3. Liddell-Edwards 276; 4. Assentato-Lazzaro 269; 5. Dalla Lana 263; 6. Long-Lindsey 259.