IMSA • July 12, 2016
Second Straight One-Two Finish for Action Express Racing Team
DENVER, NC - One week after the Action Express Racing team recorded a one-two finish in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen International (July 3), the team duplicated that accomplishment Sunday afternoon (July 10) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Dane Cameron and Eric Curran guided the No. 31 WhelenEngineering/Team Fox Corvette DP to a victory at the 2.459-mile permanent road course in Canada, finishing ahead of their Action Express Racing teammates Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP in the two hour and 45 minute endurance test. One week ago at Watkins Glen, the roles were reversed for the Action Express Racing entries as the No. 5 race car (Barbosa and Fittipaldi) crossed the finish line first, followed by the No. 31 (Cameron and Curran).
It marks the second win of the 2016 IMSA season for Action Express Racing, as well as the first-ever win for the team at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In addition, it marks the third checkered flag for Cameron and Curran in the No. 31. Last year, the duo picked up wins at The Raceway at Belle Isle (MI) and Wisconsin's Road America.
"What a day," said Curran, after the race. "It's so much fun to move up one position after finishing second here last year. This Whelen Corvette was spot-on in the race.
It was a tough start to the weekend with all the rainy conditions and qualifying was tough. I had a reasonable run at the beginning of the race but GT traffic was difficult. The pit stops were unbelievable - the Action Express guys just nailed the pit stops and we kept jumping cars on every stop. Dane did an amazing job right to the end. I feel like I have the best team, the best crew, the best sponsor and the best teammate. This is the 3rd win for me at Gosport CTMP in the Red/White Whelen colors over the years. It's nice to get back up on that top step of the podium and it's nice to have a one-two finish again for the second week in a row."
"It's certainly a nice feeling to get the monkey off our back here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park," said Cameron, following the race. "Throughout my career, I don't think I've ever been off the podium at this track - but I had never won here either. It's a really nice feeling to finally get that first win. Last year, we came so close with an extra pit stop and a small issue, but still nearly won the race. Our Corvette DP was awesome all race - it was so good in traffic and so good in clean air. Once the Action Express boys got us to the front, we could really set the pace. No one could touch us and we could control it from there. It's a really fantastic day for Action Express to be one-two again."
It marks the fourth time that Action Express Racing has registered a one-two finish. Along with the one-two results in Canada this weekend and at Watkins Glen last weekend, the team has also finished first and second at Wisconsin's Road America (2015). At Road America last year, Cameron and Curran captured the checkered flag with Barbosa and Fittipaldi ending up in second-place.
Last year at the track in Canada, Cameron and Curran crossed the finish line second in the No. 31 Corvette DP after leading 54 of 128 laps.
The victory enabled Cameron and Curran to move into sole possession of second-place in the unofficial Prototype championship standings with 216 points. Barbosa and Fittipaldi, who moved into first-place in the Prototype championship standings last week at Watkins Glen, continue to hold onto the top spot in the standings with 220 points.
"Obviously, back-to-back races without returning to our race shop provide a bit of a challenge," said Action Express team manager Gary Nelson. "However, even though it was a challenge, everyone on the team worked together and we were able to have a couple really good race weekends. It's a nice start to the second half of the season, but now we have to focus on finishing the season strong."
The next race on the schedule for the IMSA Prototype class is at Wisconsin's Road America on Sunday, Aug. 7.
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