IMSA • June 01, 2015
DETROIT, Mich. (May 30, 2015) - Long synonymous with American Motorsports, Whelen Engineering has returned to Victory Lane, this time in the premier sports car racing division in the Western Hemisphere in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Detroit’s Belle Isle.
After starting fifth, Eric Curran immediately grabbed fourth place on the start, he then set his sights on defending race winner Ricky Taylor ultimately taking the third position before the first caution of the event.
"The car was unbelievably fast," said Curran. "We had been fast all weekend, but whatever the guys did to our Whelen Corvette last night was just what the doctor ordered. It took me a while to get past Ricky, but I knew once we got there Dane would be in a position to challenge for the win after the stop."
Challenge for the win may have been an understatement. Cameron lost one position on the pit stop as the car stalled leaving the box, but told the team over the radio that he would get it back. Cameron wasted no time in reclaiming the lost position and making his way to the front over the next fifteen minutes of his fifty minute stint.
"I was pretty mad when I stalled the car," said Cameron. "The guys on the Whelen/Team Fox crew had a lighting fast pit stop and we probably should have leap frogged at least one position so I certainly owed it to them to get it back."
"The Whelen Corvette was amazing today and that’s a testament to everyone at Action Express Racing, not just on the Whelen Corvette, but the guys who prepare the Mustang Sampling Corvette as well. We have two cars that compete very hard for wins against each other, but at the end of the day we are one team and that’s where our true strength is found."
While the win for the No. 31 Whelen/Team Fox Corvette DP may have been the story at the end of the day, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP started on point with Christian Fittipaldi and led the race until after the first pit stop.
For Fittipaldi’s co-driver JoÃ£o Barbosa third place wasn’t what he had in mind, but the finish placed the duo back on the podium for the first time since their win in the Twelve Hours of Sebring and put them back in a tie for first place in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
"You always want to win but if another car is going to win the race it’s nice to have it be your teammates. Dane and Eric are both very talented drivers and the Whelen crew is a great group of guys. It’s a great situation to have your toughest competition as teammates. Congratulations to both of them on their first Prototype victory, and we’re going to enjoy competing with them for the championship this year."
The win in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic marked the second time that Action Express Racing has claimed victory at the Detroit Grand Prix, the first coming in an Action Express Racing one-two finish in 2012, a feat that was nearly accomplished today.
The win by the Whelen Corvette DP marked the fifth different winner in the first five races of the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The victory also moved Curran and Cameron unofficially to third in the championship standings, while the Mustang Sampling Corvette is now unofficially tied with the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Corvette DP.
The win by Action Express Racing kept the undefeated streak for Chevrolet intact for another year and has once again shown that the TUDOR Championship might run through the Denver, NC based team, this time with two cars competing for the series top honors.
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