IMSA • June 13, 2014
Back to the roots of the automotive capital of the world, The Marsh Racing boys arrived onto beautiful Belle isle of Detroit Michigan looking forward to a great race weekend. The Island located just off the banks of the US and Canadian borders, was the setting for the 5th round and the 2nd street course battle with their Chevrolet Corvette DP Prototype in the Tudor United SportsCar Series.
With the iconic GM building in the background, this was a very special weekend for Chevrolet, Marsh Racing and Whelen Motorsports. Considered the home race for Chevrolet, it was important for everyone to put 110% into the race weekend.
"The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is one of my favorite races to run. It’s on the beautiful Belle Isle within eye sight of the towering GM building downtown. And with all the support from Chevrolet we really love to push and promote our Chevy Corvette Prototype at the home town of GM." - Eric Curran
Within minutes on track Boris and Eric quickly started giving feedback to the crew and changes were underway. We quickly found the track to be slicker than in years past, adjustments were made and gains were quickly made. The bumpiness of the street track and the slickness added difficulty to finding the perfect set up.
After practice and Qualifying the #31 Team Fox Corvette prototype was sitting with a top 10 starting position for the race. Unfortunately that would be the highlight of the weekend, as less than 30 minutes into the race, the heart of the Corvette gave it’s last breath and Boris found himself going from professional race car driver, to fire fighter. Thanks to some quick thinking from Boris, he was able to pull the car off the track safely, help get the rear lid of the Corvette off, and the fire teams were able to get the small engine fire out before we lost the entire car.
"The weekend didn’t go as planned but it wasn’t for a lack of effort from the team. The guys worked hard before the event and during to get our Whelen Team Fox Corvette up to speed. We struggled with the handling around the bumpy street circuit. The team made big changes to get the car working well and by qualifying we gained a good chuck of time and ended up 9th. Come race day Boris started the 100 min race with plans of me getting in at the first yellow flag. But unfortunately we didn’t make it that far. Low oil pressure problems and eventually a motor failure only got us 25 min Into the race. This year continues to be a big learning curve for the team but we are making progress. And best of all we are just finishing up our new Whelen Corvette Prototype for the next race at the Glen in a few weeks. We are all excited to get the new car out and gain some more speed for the second half of the season." - Eric Curran
This year continues to push the boys harder than ever, but gains are being made, and we don’t expect to finish the year with out seeing a podium and sipping some champagne. The team is working hard to prepare a brand new car for the 6 Hours of the Glen, one of our teams favorite tracks, we look forward to rolling into Watkins Glen at the end of the month, thank you again for all your support! See ya at the Glen!
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