IMSA • May 13, 2014
Monterey California’s Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway played host to the fourth round of the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship this past weekend at the Continental Tire Grand Prix of Monterey. The 2.238 mile circuit famous for it’s corkscrew turn set the stage for another exciting race as the Whelen/Team Fox Corvette DP continues to build momentum in their inaugural season in the newly combined Prototype class.
After a disappointing race in Long Beach the team headed straight to Button Willow Race track for some testing with the Spirit of Daytona team, who also field a Corvette DP in the Tudor series. Track time is key as the team continues to learn and develop the new car. Striving for the same success the team had in the past with it’s GT corvette, it’s just a matter of time and laps until they are seeing similar results in the Corvette Prototype.
The race weekend at Laguna Seca started early Saturday morning with its first of only two practices before the late afternoon qualifying session. In the Hunt for speed the team worked vigorously making changes following the first practice. Major changes including transmission gear changes, suspension and aerodynamic.
The second and final practice saw improvement thanks to the hard work the boys at Marsh Racing put in during the short turn around time between sessions. With some more spring and height adjustments the team was ready for Boris Said to take the wheel and qualify the #31 Corvette. The hard work paid off, with Boris posting the fastest laps of the day for the team. Boris successfully qualified the car 10th for the 2 Hour race On Sunday.
Not done yet, the boys got to the track Sunday morning and along with their normal pre race routine, continued to make changes to improve for the afternoon race. As they worked diligently prepping the car they still took time to talk with fans and fill the drivers seat with smiling and inquisitive young fans. Marsh Racing continues to show fans why they are the most interactive team in the Paddock.
The green flag dropped Sunday afternoon and the race was on. Boris quickly made his way up to 8th in only a few laps, then 7th and as pit stops started happening amongst competitors the teams strategy put the #31 on top of the leader board for the first time of the season. After leading the race for a few laps Boris brought the #31 in for its 1st and only full pit stop, 4 tires, 18 gallons of VP fuel, and Eric Curran jumping in to finish the last 2 stints of the race. Eric spent much of the race running in 5th spot and turning laps quicker than the team qualified. With a quick splash and go with 14 mins left in the race, the Whelen/Team Fox Corvette took the checker flag in the 6th spot, improving 4 positions from qualifying.
"It was a good race overall for our Whelen Corvette. We continue to make improvements with our new program every weekend. I felt the most raciest yet this year! And was able to run lap times not far off the leaders for the first time in this car. This just proves the progress with our program this weekend. We aren’t quite there yet in the speed department but we were the closest we’ve been to date. This Whelen Corvette prototype is becoming more and more fun to drive as we get it more dialed in. A really fun weekend overall finishing 2nd in my CKS Team Chevy Camaro Z28 on Saturday in the Conti series and 6th in our Whelen Corvette DP! Ill take it! " commented Eric.
After it’s second race in California it’s now time for the Corvette to makes its way back across the country to the home of Marsh Racing in Connecticut. No time will be wasted as they prepare for another street race on Belle Isle in Detroit at the end of the month. See you in Detroit!
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