IMSA • July 15, 2015
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 12, 2015) - Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and the Whelen/Team Fox Corvette Prototype fell just short of victory after leading 55 laps in a challenging afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Dane Cameron made an earlier-than-anticipated entry into the Whelen Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype when teammate Eric Curran was forced to pit unexpectedly with a left rear tire going flat. This would prove to be the first of three tire problems for the #31 Corvette throughout the race making for a very tricky day to strategize.
The early pit stop would force the No. 31 Whelen Engineering team to make an additional fuel stop late in the event, but they were able to remain in contention
finishing a .477 seconds behind race winner Jordan Taylor.
"We had really good speed in our Whelen Corvette all afternoon," said Cameron. "With the early tire issue we had to make one more pit stop than any of our competitors and fortunately Action Express Racing gave us a strong Corvette and we were able to stay in contention right to the end."
Teammate Eric Curran who had his first stint shortened was optimistic after he and Cameron’s second podium finish of 2015.
"The Action Express guys gave us an awesome Whelen Corvette DP today," said Curran. "It’s great to get the Whelen colors back on the podium at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as we’ve done so in the past. With finishing second we were able to narrow the gap to first place by four points and we’ve still have three races left to fight for the championship. If only we didn’t have to do
the final pit stop we could of won it!"
Upon taking control of the Whelen Corvette DP, Cameron split time in the lead with teammates Christian Fittipaldi and JoÃ£o Barbosa, as the two Action Express Racing entries would combine to lead 72 of the 128 laps.
Action Express Racing team manager Gary Nelson saw one car gain four points on the championship lead while another team lost two points after a late race tire issue.
"We had tire problems with both cars today," said Nelson. "We thought we had it cured but with 11 to go the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP suffered another problem, dropping from a sure win to a fifth place finish. The Whelen Corvette DP had it’s troubles earlier in the race but came back to finish a close second place."
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