IMSA • June 11, 2013
Coming from the wide open spaces of Road Atlanta, the street circuit at Detroit is a different animal. Designed as a temporary street circuit, the 2.36 mile Detroit Belle Isle circuit is tight and technical with very little room for passing. With such a short weekend due to sharing the track with IndyCar and World Challenge, practice time was limited.
The Marsh Racing crew spent most of the track sessions fine tuning the #31 Corvette. The Whelen / Team Fox Corvette had a decent showing in the first few practice sessions, but the Corvette really showed its cards in qualifying where Boris Said put the #31 on the front row in the second spot.
"I love coming to the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle. The track is great and Detroit is home to Chevrolet, so we really get a chance to show off the brand. On the days leading up to the race, I had the chance to drive the new 2014 Corvette Stingray around the circuit; what a car! Chevrolet really did their homework with this one. The feel from the driver's seat, acceleration and handling are very impressive.
"Our Marsh Racing team came into Detroit with big hopes for a good showing in our Whelen Team Fox Corvette. A transmission issue on the practice day took away a little track time but the Marsh crew worked hard to get our Corvette back in action. Boris qualified our #31 Corvette in P2, right behind the Ferrari of Max Papis."
The battle began after the lengthy yellow due to a wreck on the opening lap. Boris ran in P2 but unfortunately had a shifter issue that lost two spots and moved him back to fourth. The Corvette came in for fuel around the one-hour mark and Eric jumped in for the remainder of the two hour sprint, leaving the pits in P5."
"It was an all out street fight for the last hour, where I battled with Andy Lally and Pat Long in their Porsches right down to the last lap. Even though we had a really fast Corvette, the narrow street circuit of Belle isle was extremely tough for passing. The #31 Whelen / Team Fox Corvette wound up finishing in fifth, nose to tail with the top six cars.
All in all, we showed good speed in Detroit and had a strong Chevy to fight for our fifth place finish. Congrats again to the Stevenson boys for bringing away a win for the Bowtie at the home of General Motors."
Check out the entire photo gallery from the GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle on the Eric Curran Facebook page. Marsh Racing will roll into Mid Ohio with the #31 Whelen / Team Fox Corvette on June 13th for the Diamond Cellar Classic. The race will be broadcast live on Speed on 6/15 at 4:30 PM ET.
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