Corvette Daytona Prototypes Sweep Road America Podium, Championship Battle Tightens With Two Races Remaining
Sunday, August 7, 2016

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 7, 2016) – Action Express Racing scored its third consecutive 1-2 finish in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition in Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, tightening the Prototype class championship battle with only two races remaining.

Dane Cameron and Eric Curran defended their 2015 Road America victory while scoring their second consecutive triumph of the season in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette Daytona Prototype. Teammates Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi took second – 0.626 seconds back in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP – and saw their lead trimmed to one point (253-252) in a bid for a third consecutive title.

“It’s great to see what this team has done since building it up in 2010,” said Cameron, who scored his series-leading ninth victory in WeatherTech Championship competition. “You can see what we’ve come to in the last few weekends. The cars are very close, the results and pace weekend-to-weekend shows that when we come to the race track, they are almost identical and each car has the same chance to win. So we’re going to keep running our race right now and it seems to be working for us. We have our own battles to fight for our championship.”

Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor gave Corvette DPs a sweep of the podium, finishing 1.460 seconds back in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP, followed by John Pew and Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Honda Ligier JS P2.

TOTAL Pole Award winner Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez placed fifth in the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Castrol/ModSpace Mazda Prototype. The pair led three times for 35 laps – with Nunez turning the fastest lap of the race – but a pair of out-of-sequence green-flag pit stops dropped them from contention.

The third caution flag of the race set up a three-lap sprint to the finish with five minutes remaining. Cameron was able to hold off Barbosa and Jordan Taylor, while Negri and Nunez were too far back in traffic to mount a challenge.

NOTEBOOK

  • Joao Barbosa on the Prototype points battle: “We’re only one point ahead in the championship, but you only need to win by one point. We’re still ahead, but now we go to COTA. A lot can happen in two races, and I’m looking forward to it.”
  • Jonathan Bomarito, TOTAL Pole winner in the No. 55 Mazda Prototype co-driven by Nunez: “We had a good weekend, but we just got off sequence with the rest of the Prototypes. In the end, it was probably the right call, but it didn’t work out with us, timing-wise, with the yellow flag. We were pushing hard the whole time, but with that yellow, it took it away and we had to go off-sequence.”

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