Whelen Motorsports

Kansas City Debut

IMSA • August 14, 2013

The Whelen Motorsports team are holding their heads high after a tough and disappointing weekend at Road America. After topping the leader board in practice number one with a fast lap of 2:10.863, the team ran into a mishap during the second track session. Since Road America is such a fast, horsepower dependent track, and is very rough on driveline components. Halfway into practice two the driveshaft suffered a failure.

Using the spare driveshaft and making minor tweaks to the suspension seemed to alleviate the issue, and the #31 Whelen Engineering / Team Fox Corvette was ready to race. Due to the repair, along with Boris Said in Watkins Glen for NASCAR duties, the #31 would skip qualifying and start towards the back of the field for the Saturday afternoon race.

The Corvette ran great at the start of the race and gained a few positions, up to P7 by the first round of pit stops. Eric Curran got into the car around the forty minute mark and drove hard to get up to speed. Two laps into his stint though, the driveshaft again experienced a similar but different failure than the incident in practice. The #31 would ultimately retire on the beginning of the 22nd lap.

"It was disappointing to have a driveshaft failure at Road America, but it has since been fixed and we are more than anxious for a good result at Kansas Speedway. It is a fairly new track that seems to draw a lot of attention and large crowds. We ran a test day at Kansas Speedway last winter, but the temperature was in the low thirties, and proved to be unsuccessful. The race this weekend will be run on Saturday night under the lights, so it should be a really cool atmosphere for the fans. Our #31 Whelen Engineering / Team Fox Corvette has been fast all year, we just need to find some good luck and get the results that this car and team deserve."

The weekend at Kansas Speedway starts on Thursday, with a test day from 12 to 8 PM ET. The race will be run on Saturday under the lights, with the green flag scheduled for 8 PM ET. Television coverage can be found on Fox Sports 2 on 8/17 at 8:00 PM ET. The race will be re-aired on Fox Sports 1 on 8/18 at 4 PM ET. Check out the entire photo gallery from the VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 on the Eric Curran Facebook page.