The infamous ‘Corkscrew’ at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has seen its share of iconic passes over the years, but the winning pass in Sunday’s IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship race definitely made the list.
Renger van der Zande – competing for the VISIT FLORIDA Racing team that had its Daytona Beach, Florida, race shop and equipment damaged in Hurricane Irma just 14 days ago – made the bold move with three laps remaining. After slowly reeling in Dane Cameron over the final 20 minutes of the two-hour, 40-minute AMERICA’S TIRE 250, van der Zande charged from nearly five car lengths back, outbraking the race leader with three laps remaining and completing the winning pass by the exit of the corner.
Van der Zande went on to win by 2.248 seconds in the No. 90 Ligier LM P2 started by co-driver Marc Goossens. It was the first win of the season for VISIT FLORIDA Racing, and the first WeatherTech Championship win for an LM P2 prototype
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