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The Mazda RX8s battle in the GT Class of the Grand Am race at Detroit
The Mazda RX8s battle in the GT Class of the Grand Am race at Detroit

 

RacerViews photographer, Jeff Picoult was at Detroit to for all the Grand Am action. Here is the second of two Grand Am photo galleries.

The race in brief

Joao Barbosa avoided the pitfalls that sidelined his chief competitors, then completed a nifty pass of Action Express Racing teammate David Donohue with 19 laps left to win Saturday’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at Belle Isle.

The Portuguese driver landed his first win of the season and eighth of his GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series career, co-driving the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP with Darren Law. Once in front, he survived a restart with 10 minutes left in the two-hour race and pressure from Donohue to seal a 1-2 sweep by Action Express Racing Corvette DPs.

Jordan Taylor – co-driving the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R with Paul Edwards — prevailed in the Grand Touring (GT) class, taking command after Dion von Moltke crashed the No. 51 APR Tuned/Motul/Parathyroid.com Audi R8 GRAND-AM while leading in the 39th minute and pole-starter Guy Cosmo was black-flagged for jumping a restart near the midway point in the No. 03 Tequila Patron Ferrari 458.  Taylor was a comfortable 3.481 seconds ahead at the end of the series’ first appearance on the 2.1-mile temporary street course.

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Photos by Jeff Picoult, June 2012

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