ACTION EXPRESS RACING BATTLES ADVERISTY FINISHING SECOND AND FIFTH AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 12, 2015) – Dane Cameron and the Whelen/Team Fox Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype fell just short of victory after leading 55 laps in a challenging afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Teammate João Barbosa brought the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP home in fifth place after leading 17 laps.
Dane Cameron made an earlier-than-anticipated entry into the Whelen Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype when teammate Eric Curran was forced to pit 27 minutes into the event with a left rear tire going flat. The early pit stop would force the No. 31 Whelen Engineering team to make an additional fuel stop late in the event, but they were able to remain in contention finishing a .477 seconds behind race winner Jordan Taylor.
“We had really good speed in our Whelen Corvette all afternoon,” said Cameron. “With the early tire issue we had to make one more pit stop than any of our competitors and fortunately Action Express Racing gave us a strong Corvette and we were able to stay in contention right to the end.”
Teammate Eric Curran who had his first stint shortened was optimistic after he and Cameron’s second podium finish of 2015.
“The Action Express guys gave us an awesome Whelen Corvette DP today,” said Curran. “It’s great to get the Whelen colors back on the podium at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. With finishing second we were able to narrow the gap to first place by four points and we’ve still got three races left to fight for the championship.”
Upon taking control of the Whelen Corvette DP, Cameron split time in the lead with teammates Christian Fittipaldi and João Barbosa, as the two Action Express Racing entries would combine to lead 72 of the 128 laps. Unfortunately for Barbosa and Fittipaldi they would face an uphill battle as well with tires losing air.
Barbosa was forced to bring the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP to pit WGI_fenceroad from the lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in the event as his left rear tire went flat.
“We had a very comfortable lead with 12 minutes remaining so this one is difficult to take,” said Barbosa. “The Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette DP was quick all weekend and the guys worked hard to keep making it better. We proved we had a really fast car by leading 17 laps today and hopefully we will go back to Road America and repeat our win from last season.”
For Barbosa’s co-driver Christian Fittipaldi the end result was not ideal. However, the larger goal is still within reach as the two defend their four-championship sweep from 2014.
“We’ve had some issues today that kept us from getting our second win of the season,” said Fittipaldi. “Fortunately for us we were able to stay on the lead lap and extend our consecutive mileage streak to 12,114 miles so hats off to our team for always being on top of their game.”
Action Express Racing team manager Gary Nelson saw one car gain four points on the championship lead while another team lost two points after a late race tire issue.
“We had tire problems with both cars today,” said Nelson. “We thought we had it cured but with 11 to go the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP suffered another problem, dropping from a sure win to a fifth place finish. The Whelen Corvette DP had it’s troubles earlier in the race but came back to finish a close second place.”
With consecutive lead lap finish number 18 for João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP continued their historic march in completing every lap of the TUDOR era, now at 3,794 laps for a total of 12,114 miles.
Action Express Racing competes next at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, where the two Corvette DPs will enter the event second and third in the TUDOR Championship standings.