IMSA • August 18, 2015
ELKHART LAKE, WI (August 9, 2015) - Action Express Racing claimed the team’s second ever one-two finish as Dane Cameron and JoÃ£o Barbosa crossed the finish line first and second in Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
With the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on the line, the four Action Express Racing drivers pushed their Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes to the limit, racing wheel-to-wheel enroute to the victory and second place finishes. When the checkered flag fell, it was Dane Cameron and Eric Curran’s No. 31 Whelen/Team Fox Corvette DP scoring the second win of the season.
"The Action Express Racing guys stepped up big time today," said Cameron. "Our pit stops were flawless and that proved to be critical as passing was extremely difficult. I have to thank every person on the team, not just the Whelen team guys, but the guys who prepare the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP as well. This is a tremendous team to be a part of and the future is extremely bright."
For Cameron’s co-driver Eric Curran, the second victory was just as sweet as the first, it also moved the duo to within two points of the championship lead with two races remaining.
"Today was a total team effort," said Curran. "The Action Express team really made the difference in the pits. The only passing on track was me at the start. After that we didn’t pass a single car on track, but we made up many spots in the pit stops thanks to all of our guys and Simon’s strategy from the box. The driver change, re-fueling, and tire changes, were perfect and our car was crazy fast. It just goes to show how all of the hard work put in to practicing pit stops really pays off."
"I’m very happy that we were able to score a second victory for Sonny Whelen and everyone at Whelen Engineering. They’ve been tremendous supporters of motorsports for so long and it’s an honor to drive this red and white No. 31. Im even more excited to have our deal locked in for 2016 already. This will be 10 years driving for Whelen Engineering and some of the best is yet to come!"
With the victory, Dane became the winningest driver in the new TUDOR United SportsCar era, notching his seventh victory in the last two seasons. With two races remaining, Cameron and Curran have found themselves amidst a three-way Corvette battle at the top of the prototype standings.
"We’ve been working all year to score a one-two finish and it feels great to know that our teams have both celebrated equally. When we talk about two cars, one team today was a perfect example. The No. 5 crew was just as happy for the No. 31 guys and that was great to see.
"With the incident between Dane and Christian, we discussed it with the drivers after the race. Our only team order is not to take each other out. There was nothing intentional between either driver, and they both talked about it and we’re ready to move forward."
While some in the sport may have questioned the decision for Action Express Racing moving to a two-car team after a championship sweep in 2014, team owner Bob Johnson knew his team was up to the test.
"Last season was a great year for our team," said Johnson. "We knew the only way that 2015 could be better would be to put two cars in the fight and try to claim all the championships and finish first and second in the season standings.
"We’ve had a few races that the sweep slipped away from us this season, but today our guys executed flawlessly. The drivers did their jobs and the crew guys delivered perfect pit stops all afternoon. It takes a team to do what we did, and we feel like we’ve got the best team in the series. It’s an honor for us to take Sonny Whelen and Ken and Brenda Thompson to Victory Lane and you can bet that we want to do it two more times before the end of the season."
As the championship fight moves to Austin and the Circuit of the Americas, the two Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DPs have closed the gap and will look to parlay the one-two finish into a one-two sweep in the championship standings.
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