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Corvette Daytona Prototypes 1-2 for Action Express Racing7/11/2016
Corvette Daytona Prototype drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran combined to score their first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season Sunday in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, leading Action Express Racing to its second consecutive 1-2 finish. The pair led 66 of the 125 laps in the two-hour and 40-minute race in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP, including the final 36 circuits.
With Cameron pulling away, Action Express Racing teammate Joao Barbosa passed Jordan Taylor for second place in traffic with five minutes remaining in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP started by Christian Fittipaldi. Three minutes later, the third caution period of the race froze the field with Cameron leading his teammate by 17.067 seconds.
Curran and Cameron trimmed the points lead of Fittipaldi and Barbosa to four
points, 220-216, with three races remaining for the Prototype class. The Taylor
brothers finished third in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP, and are third
in the standings with 211 points.
Curran was running sixth prior to the opening round of green flag pit stops. Cameron exited the pits behind the No. 55 Mazda Prototype of Jonathan Bomarito and Action Express teammate Barbosa, but quickly passed both of them in a three-wide move exiting the first turn.
“That was probably one of the toughest out laps in my life, to try and get some track position and get to the front,” Cameron said of his move to the lead. “Today was one of those races where traffic seemed to go our way and the car drove well. Plus, the team was amazing in the pit lane, we made up positions during the stops. It was an important win for us. We did everything we could to win today.”
Tristan Nunez won the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 55 Mazda Prototype on Saturday but lost the lead to Ricky Taylor at the start. He retook the lead on Lap 12. Nunez then pulled away, leading 25 laps prior to his pit stop, which was slowed by problems with the air jack. Bomarito took over at the stop and was running fifth when he pulled off in Turn 1 one hour, 13 minutes into the race after the right-rear hub failed, bringing out the first caution and ending the day for the Mazda.
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- Sunday marked the eighth career triumphs for both Cameron and the Jon Bennett/Colin Braun pairing – keeping the three drivers tied for the all-time lead atop the IMSA WeatherTech Championship victory list.
- Mazda Motorsports made a strong statement with Tristan Nunez capturing his second pole of the season and dominating the early portions of the event in the No. 55 Mazda Prototype.
“It was kind of a gaggle on the start, but we were fighting for [the lead,” Nunez said]. “The car was great, and I was following the 10 car (leader Ricky Taylor) very closely. We kept fighting and sure enough, as soon as traffic came our way, I got a little grin on my face because I knew I might have an opening. It came to Turn 10 when he tried to make an aggressive move on a GT car and I was able to set him up and get him into Turn 1. And we just took off. It was a great opening stint. So fast and so easy. It’s great for Mazda to put the car out there in the lead and for people to see that little orange car take off.”
- The next event for the WeatherTech Championship with be the Northeast Grand Prix. The GTLM class will be competing at Lime Rock Park for the first time, joining the PC and GTD competitors on Saturday, July 23 (live, FOX, 3 p.m. ET). The Prototype class returns to action at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on Sunday, Aug. 4.