IMSA • May 01, 2016
MONTEREY, Cali. (1 May 2016) - Action Express Racing entered the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix first and second in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, at the end of two hours, the team unofficially maintained the top-two positions, but saw the Whelen Engineering Corvette DP move into the points lead after a third place podium finish.
After qualifying and starting the event in the third position, Dane Cameron dropped to fifth amidst heavy jostling at the front of the field. Cameron remained focused and stayed in good position throughout his stint. When he relinquished control of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP to co-driver Eric Curran, the duo relied on the quick work of the team's pit crew to gain track position. The pit stop that proved critical to the podium result.
"Dane drove a solid first stint," said Curran. "We knew track position was going to be huge today and our guys in the pits delivered for us twice. We've got a great team and they bring an incredible Whelen Engineering Corvette DP every week and we're fortunate to be able to drive it. On top of that, I think we've got the best pit crew in the business and they were vital to our podium today and unofficially moving us into first place in the point standings.
"I had a great battle with the Visit Florida Corvette all the way down to the wire, but didn't quite have enough to get by him. All in all it was a great day and proud to have been one of the two Corvette DPs on the podium."
While it was a third consecutive podium for the Whelen Engineering DP, the team's Mustang Sampling Corvette DP hit a set back in their efforts to win a third consecutive prototype championship.
"It was a great points day for our Whelen Engineering Corvette DP," said team owner Bob Johnson. "Dane and Eric were championship contenders last year and we fully expected them to contend this year and that's exactly what they've done through the first four races.
"While it wasn't a great day for our Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, I'm extremely happy with how strong the team ran until the incident. Laguna Seca has been one of the most difficult tracks for our team and I have to commend our guys for the great improvement they made over last year. I'm confident that Christian and Joao will get back on track in Detroit and hopefully we'll have two cars contending for the championship when we get to Road Atlanta at the end of the season."
"Detroit has been good to us and it's an important event for our partners at Chevrolet. We know that we run competitively there and we'll look forward to a great race and to getting back on track for the championship."
The Whelen Engineering Corvette DP will enter the next round at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic of Detroit in the first place points position for the first time in their 14-race history with Action Express Racing.
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