BELLE ISLE, Mich — Chip Ganassi is having a fun weekend. He watched his Cadillac in the WeatherTech IMSA Series win the pole on Friday on the streets of Belle Isle for Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. He then witnessed his NTT IndyCar Series driver Marcus Ericsson triumph in Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. A few hours later, Ganassi was toasting champagne again as Renger Van der Zande crossed the finish line first in the 1-hour and 40-minute timed IMSA race around the 2.35-mile street circuit.
Van der Zande took over for opening driver Kevin Magnussen who battled Pipo Derani at bay for the first stint of the race. His No. 01 Cadillac was on rails. With 47 minutes left, Magnussen pit to allow Van der Zande his chance.
Derani also pit at the same time and gave way to his teammate Felipe Nasr. The two (Van der Zande and Nasr) had an intense battle for the win before the caution flag few in the closing minutes for the No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW stalling on track.
There was a 2-minute, 50-second shootout to the finish left and Van der Zande wasn’t about to let this win slip away. They’d prevail for the 60th IMSA win for Ganassi’s organization as it was Magnussen’s first win in IMSA and first trip to victory lane in general since 2013.
Coincidentally enough, the last win for Ericsson was also in 2013, so both former F1 drivers who left without much options came to America for a shot at winning again and both do so on the same today for the same team in two different series’.
Chip likes winners, right?
He’s got them.
Nasr drove the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillace to a runner-up while the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura driven by Ricky Taylor and Felipe Albuquerque rounded out the podium in third.
The 10 team leads the points standings heading to the Six-Hours of the Glen in two weeks with a 71 point lead over the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports squad of Harry Ticknell and Oliver Jarvis.