Whelen Motorsports

SFP Grand Prix

IMSA • August 26, 2013


After a disappointing weekend at Road America, the Whelen Motorsports team moved forward with their heads held high for a better result at Kansas Speedway for the inaugural SFP Grand Prix. Unfortunately, that would not be the case.

After running mid-pack throughout most of practice, the #31 Whelen / Team Fox Corvette would qualify P6. However, the team made some changes between qualifying and the final practice that would allow the Corvette to gain half a second per lap. Topping the leaderboard in Saturday's morning practice, Eric ran a time that would have placed the car in P3 for the start of the race.

At the green flag on Saturday night, Boris Said quickly worked his way up to P4, battling it out with the #57 Camaro. Holding the #31 in fourth place for the entirety of his stint, the Corvette suffered a catastrophic driveshaft failure about forty minutes into the race, similar to the incident that took the car out of the race at Road America.

"Coming to a new track like this is really exciting. All of the fans are enthusiastic to be here and it's fun to run under the lights at Kansas Speedway. Unfortunately, the #31 Whelen / Team Fox Corvette had another driveshaft failure. The Marsh Racing guys really worked hard on the car the last couple of days, and even found us some extra speed this morning. We had a great car to give them a good run today."

"We are staying positive and looking at bigger and better things at this point with our Corvette Daytona Prototype program. We should be testing the car within the next month and getting it prepared for the 2014 racing season."