Second Straight One-Two Finish for Action Express
DENVER, NC (July 10, 2016) - One week after the Action Express Racing team recorded a one-two finish in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen International (July 3), the team duplicated that accomplishment Sunday afternoon (July 10) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Dane Cameron and Eric Curran guided the No. 31 Whelen/Team Fox Corvette DP to a victory at the 2.459-mile permanent road course in Canada, finishing ahead of their Action Express Racing teammates Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP in the two hour and 45 minute endurance test. One week ago at Watkins Glen, the roles were reversed for the Action Express Racing entries as the No. 5 race car (Barbosa and Fittipaldi) crossed the finish line first, followed by the No. 31 (Cameron and Curran).
It marks the second win of the 2016 IMSA season for Action Express Racing, as well as the first-ever win for the team at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In addition, it marks the third checkered flag for Cameron and Curran in the No. 31. Last year, the duo picked up wins at The Raceway at Belle Isle (MI) and Wisconsin's Road America.
"It's certainly a nice feeling to get the monkey off our back here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park," said Cameron, following the race. "Throughout my career, I don't think I've ever been off the podium at this track - but I had never won here either. It's a really nice feeling to finally get that first win. Last year, we came so close with an extra pit stop and a small issue, but still nearly won the race. Our Corvette DP was awesome all race - it was so good in traffic and so good in clean air. Once the Action Express boys got us to the front, we could really set the pace. No one could touch us and we could control it from there. It's a really fantastic day for Action Express to be one-two again."
It marks the fourth time that Action Express Racing has registered a one-two finish. Along with the one-two results in Canada this weekend and at Watkins Glen last weekend, the team has also finished first and second at Wisconsin's Road America (2015) and The Raceway at Belle Isle, MI (2012). At Road America last year, Cameron and Curran captured the checkered flag with Barbosa and Fittipaldi ending up in second-place.
"What a day," said Curran, after the race. "It's so much fun to move up one position after finishing second last year. This Whelen Corvette DP was spot-on. It was a tough start to the weekend with all the rainy conditions and qualifying was tough. I had a reasonable run at the beginning of the race but traffic was difficult. The pit stops were unbelievable - the Action Express guys just nailed the pit stops and we kept jumping cars on every stop. Dane did an amazing job right to the end. I feel like I have the best team, the best crew, the best sponsors and the best teammate. It's nice to get back up on that top step of the podium and it's nice to have a one-two finish again for the second week in a row."
Last year at the track in Canada, Cameron and Curran crossed the finish line second in the No. 31 Corvette DP after leading 54 of 128 laps.
Barbosa and Fittipaldi registered another podium finish this season in finishing second to their teammates.
"We had an unusually tough race," explained Barbosa. "I'm happy with the results, and I'm happy that Action Express finished one-two. At one point, I thought the best we could get was fourth-place, but the team had a great strategy on the (pit) stops and only put on left-side tires on the last stop. Initially I was very concerned about that, but it turned out to be perfect though. We were able to leapfrog a couple cars at the end of the race, so I was very happy with that. Coming out with second-place is a very good result. There's still a long way to go in the championship, and a lot can happen, but it's always better to be out front than in the back. Congratulations to the 31 guys -- they had a perfect race with a great car and great strategy."
The victory enabled Cameron and Curran to move into sole possession of second-place in the unofficial Prototype championship standings with 216 points. Barbosa and Fittipaldi, who moved into first-place in the Prototype championship standings last week at Watkins Glen, continue to hold onto the top spot in the standings with 220 points.
For the only back-to-back races on the IMSA schedule, the Action Express Racing team traveled to Watkins Glen for last weekend's race, and then stayed a few extra days at the upstate New York track following the event preparing the cars for the race in Canada.
"Obviously, back-to-back races without returning to our race shop provide a bit of a challenge," said Action Express team manager Gary Nelson. "However, even though it was a challenge, everyone on the team worked together and we were able to have a couple really good race weekends. It's a nice start to the second half of the season, but now we have to focus on finishing the season strong."
The victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was the 15th career win for Action Express Racing since the team was formed in 2010. The team has captured back-to-back IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championships (2014 and 2015), as well as consecutive Patron North America Endurance Cup championships (2014 and 2015).
Action Express Racing has now also recorded wins at seven of the 10 tracks on the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. Along with the victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the team has registered wins at Belle Isle, MI (2012 and 2015), Daytona (2010 and 2014), Road America (2014 and 2015), Road Atlanta (2015), Watkins Glen (2012, 2013 and 2016) and Sebring (2015).
The next race on the schedule for the IMSA Prototype class is at Wisconsin's Road America on Sunday, Aug. 7.