Whelen Motorsports

Qualifying Update: Front Row For Action Express Racing in Detroit

IMSA • June 05, 2017


Detroit, Mich. (2 June 2017) - Set to make its 150th and 151st start as a racing team, Action Express Racing is looking forward to Saturday’s green flag for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic as part of the Detroit Grand Prix (LIVE broadcast on FS2 at 12:30 PM ET).

The team, which has a sterling history that includes victories and pole positions at the downtown Detroit track, will start Saturday’s 100-minute sprint from the front row as Christian Fittipaldi is set to lead the field to the green flag for the third year in a row. Fittipaldi will share the driving duties in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R with Joao Barbosa.

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran will start alongside from the front row, with Curran behind the wheel for the first stint of the 100-minute race that will mark Round 5 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The team got off to a quick start in Friday’s practice sessions, and was hoping to continue to make progress in qualifying. The 15-minute qualifying session was truncated when the No. 10 Cadillac made contact with the wall, ending the session short of the required green-flag running time. The grid was set by championship point standings, with the No. 10 car relegated to the rear of the field for having caused the red flag.

“It is cool to be starting for the third consecutive year from pole, but today it wasn’t exactly the way I wanted it to be,” admitted Fittipaldi. “I’m happy to be starting at the front but at the same time frustrated the way that it happened because we have an extremely competitive car and were looking strong for qualifying. But I will take it, and tomorrow is what really counts. We will put in our best effort all day and just see where we end up at the end of the race.”

With a podium run at Circuit of the Americas setting the stage for a big weekend for both Action Express Racing entries, the qualifying results have the team well-placed to continue a strong tradition of success on the Belle Isle circuit as the team debuts the Cadillac DPi-V.R on the street circuit for the first time.

“It is too bad that we didn't get to have a full qualifying session because this Whelen Cadillac has been fast all day,” said Curran. “It is great to be here in Detroit, and this is as comfortable as I’ve ever felt on this track-we’ve been quick all day. The Action Express guys are doing a great job and we will just have to work our way forward in the race tomorrow. I’m glad that Ricky (Taylor) is okay after his hit. We know we’ve got a really good car for tomorrow so I’m excited about that.”

Saturday will open with a short warm-up session in the morning, with the race set to go green at 12:40 PM ET (FS2 LIVE broadcast at 12:30 PM ET).


Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. IMSA WeatherTech Warm-Up (P/PC/GT Daytona)
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. IMSA WeatherTech Drivers’ Autograph Session – Picnic Shelter 3
12:40 p.m. Chevrolet Sports Car Classic IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race


Action Express Racing Chevrolet Grand Prix Friday June 2 Session results:

Practice 1
P1 J. Barbosa / C. Fittipaldi Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi 1:23.750
P5 D. Cameron / E. Curran Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi 1:25.681

Practice 2
P1 D. Cameron / E. Curran Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi 1:23.058
P2 J. Barbosa / C. Fittipaldi Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi 1:23.750

Starting positions, Action Express Racing:
P1 J. Barbosa / C. Fittipaldi No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R
P2 D. Cameron / E. Curran No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R