IMSA • August 07, 2017
Mustang Sampling focused on return to winner circle as Dane Cameron looks for fourth straight Road America victory
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (5 August 2017) - With victories in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visits to Road America, the Mustang Sampling Racing and Whelen Engineering Racing squads have a strong record of success at Road America.
The team will look to add to that legacy with another strong run on Sunday as the organization brings the momentum of two consecutive race victories (June’s Watkins Glen win for Mustang Sampling Racing and July’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park victory for Whelen Engineering Racing) to Round 8 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech championship.
Adding to that momentum is the strong track record that the team has at Road America, with the Mustang Sampling duo winning the 2014 race, and the Whelen Engineering squad claiming victories in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Dane Cameron brings a personal streak of overall and class victories to the table as he looks for his fourth victory in a row in Wisconsin.
The Continental Tire Showcase weekend opened with two practice sessions on Friday that saw mixed conditions and unseasonably cold weather. Saturday’s one hour practice session boasted warmer and sunnier conditions as the team worked to adjust to the consistently changing track conditions.
Ahead of Sunday’s 2 hour, 40-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, IMSA staged a 15-minute qualifying session to set the grid on the popular 4-mile circuit in rural Wisconsin, which has a robust and enthusiastic audience of knowledgeable racing fans.
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran will start from sixth on the grid as they look to have a similar charge forward as they did last year from fifth to first. Curran posted a quick time of 1:54.222-seconds to lock in his third row starting position.
The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R of Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa will start from seventh on the grid after Fittipaldi worked to score a 1:54.588-seconds lap.
“Overall it was not a bad run for our Whelen Cadillac,” said Curran, who has over a decade of racing experience at Road America under his belt. “It felt more like a practice session than qualifying. I was trying to figure out what the car wanted to go faster around Road America. Toward the end we got it figured out a little bit but at that point didn’t have enough tire left. We have a very drivable car, I think it will race well. We will focus on the big picture tomorrow. We have always done well here at Road America. We were as quick at the end of the session as we were on our fastest lap so that gives us a good consistent Whelen Cadillac for the race tomorrow.”
“It was a hard day for us in qualifying this afternoon,” Fittipaldi said. “We had a good car yesterday, so we will regroup and try to learn what happened. We will turn the page and make the Mustang Sampling Cadillac better for the race. Tomorrow is what counts.”
Sunday’s 8:30 AM warm-up session will precede the 1:35 PM (local) race start as the team will see what the weather rings and look to execute another perfect race day plan.
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