IMSA • September 19, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas (September 19, 2015) - Action Express Racing came into the weekend second and third in the Prototype Championship. The Whelen Team Fox Corvette would finish fifth and the Mustang Sampling Corvette would finish sixth in the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday afternoon, in what was an eventful and trying afternoon in the teams quest for a second consecutive IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Eric Curran started the event from the fifth position and found trouble in the first turn as he would do a half spin avoiding a bottleneck with the front four drivers. Curran was determined to make up for the early snafu, and with the help of his Whelen Engineering Action Express Racing pit crew, got the red and white Corvette to the third position.
Curran spent the remainder of his stint fending off a hard charge from Jordan Taylor, Fittipaldi, and Valiente. Curran and Taylor battled side by side for many laps but Curran continued to stay in front of the pack. After the first and second cars pitted Curran became the new leader and led for the remainder of his stint before pitting and relinquishing the Whelen/Team Fox Corvette to co-driver Dane Cameron.
Cameron and the Whelen Corvette team later experienced some misfortune after he had contact with a PC competitor. Cameron would be forced to serve a drive through penalty, resulting in a major loss of track position and a blow to their championship third place position.
At the end of the two hour and forty minute event, the Whelen team finished fifth, with the Mustang Sampling team in sixth. Team manager Gary Nelson spoke briefly after the event.
"Today was certainly a difficult day for our team," said Nelson. "We took a hit in our championship efforts, but as a team we’re going to regroup and make every effort to be as strong as we can when we unload at Road Atlanta. Our pit crews executed at a high level in the difficult conditions they were faced with and that’s a huge testament to how hard those guys work to prepare for each and every event.
"At two different points today we were the championship leaders, both cars had the lead at different stages. We’ll go to Road Atlanta and hope that at the end of 10 hours, one of those two cars is the champion. There are two titles on the line at Road Atlanta and we’re going to make every effort as a team to bring them both home."
The two Action Express Racing Corvette DPs are tied for the second position in the championship standings, trailing by six as the series prepares for the season finale.
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