Whelen Motorsports

Southeast Hustle

• April 17, 2013

Barber Motorsports Park was originally built as a test track for the vintage bike museum on the property. With its sweeping valleys and rising crests, it makes for the perfect facility for measuring a vehicle's potential. Cars in motion at Barber are never really in a settled state, with constant camber and weight changes throughout the course. Winning here means conserving tires and extending fuel mileage, especially with the shortened two hour sprint style race.

With practice time already limited due to sharing a racing weekend with IndyCar, rainy weather and a wet track did not help the situation. With a zero percent chance of rain on race day, many teams opted to skip wet practice including the Whelen / Team Fox Corvette. Qualifying on Friday was the first time a dry line formed on the track, where Boris Said put the #31 on the front row in P2 with a 1:26.677.

When the green flag dropped on Saturday, Boris held the second spot until an early caution. Choosing not to pit and hoping for a wave-by, the #31 stayed out on track moving up to first for the restart. At nearly an hour remaining in the race, Eric hopped into the driver seat and set his sights on the #63 Ferrari and the #57 Camaro ahead. More time in the race would have allowed the #31 to catch the leaders towards the end, but would have also emptied the fuel tank in the process due to the one-stop pit strategy.

"We are really excited for the third place finish in the #31 Whelen Motorsports / Team Fox Corvette. It has been a while since we've had a podium, and it was great to spray some champagne again. Our guys at Marsh Racing and Pratt & Miller came up with a setup that worked really well for us at Barber. Hats off to them and to the Marsh Racing boys for giving us a great car."

"We had a fast car at the Circuit of the Americas but a mechanical failure took us out of contention for a potential win, so it's great to come away from Barber with a good finish. I know that the whole team is looking forward to racing at Road Atlanta this weekend. I have run in so many other series at Road Atlanta but GRAND-AM has not raced there, so it will be a new experience for everyone. It is such an iconic race track, with a great mix a high speed sweepers and lots of elevation change. Our Whelen / Team Fox Corvette should be well suited in Atlanta and we really want to keep moving up the podium after last week."

The Marsh Racing team and the Whelen Engineering / Team Fox Corvette will arrive at Road Atlanta on April 18th. Be sure to tune into the broadcast of the race on SPEED, live at 4:30 ET on 4/20.