CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Front-Row Start For Action Express Racing
Fittipaldi leads Corvette DP charge with second in qualifying; Gavin sixth in GTLM
- More momentum for Prototype championship leaders Fittipaldi, Barbosa
- Gavin leads Corvette Racing qualifying efforts in No. 4 Corvette C7.R
- Chevrolet aiming to retain lead in Prototype, GTLM manufacturer championships
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Christian Fittipaldi and Action Express Racing led the way for the Corvette Daytona Prototype contingent in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America. Fittipaldi was second in the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP during Prototype qualifying with a lap of 1:55.961 (125.670 mph) at Road America.
Fittipaldi and teammate Joao Barbosa are coming off a victory two weeks ago at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the previous round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. That win moved them into the lead of the Prototype driver’s standings. Another triumph in Sunday’s two-hour, 45-minute race would be their third of the season, having also won the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Wayne Taylor Racing’s Corvette DP will start behind Action Express on the grid. Ricky Taylor’s time of 1:56.175 (125.438 mph) was good enough for fourth in qualifying. He will drive with brother Jordan.
The success of the Corvette Daytona Prototypes have Chevrolet leading the Prototype engine manufacturer’s championship after eight races. Corvette DPs have four victories on the season including three of the last four rounds.
Ryan Dalziel was the fastest qualifier with a 1:55.166 (126.537 mph) lap.
Corvette Racing: An Uphill Battle for Corvette C7.Rs
Back at the site of its first test nearly a year ago, Corvette Racing’s two Corvette C7.Rs qualified sixth and eighth in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class Saturday. Oliver Gavin was the quickest Corvette driver with a lap of 2:04.650 (116.910 mph) in the No. 4 C7.R that he drives with Tommy Milner.
Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R set a best lap of 2:04.738 (116.827 mph). He and teammate Antonio Garcia lead the GTLM driver’s championship with a class-best four victories this season, all in succession. In addition, Chevrolet leads the class manufacturer’s standings.
In addition to its initial test last August, Corvette Racing tested at Road America in early May ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The two Corvette C7.Rs ran in a lower downforce package than what it is using this weekend. Corvette Racing also has been consistently good in race trim this year, and the team’s focus has been on optimizing the balance of the cars over longer green-flag runs.
John Edwards set the fastest time in GTLM qualifying at 2:03.747 (117.763 mph).
FOX Sports 1’s television coverage of the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase starts at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday. Live coverage of qualifying begins at 4:20 p.m. ET Friday on IMSA.com.
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, NO. 5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING CORVETTE DP
“I wanted to be starting on the front row and that’s where we’ll be. All in all it was a good qualifying run. We have a solid car underneath us. Tomorrow is a long race and we’ll definitely try our very best to continue racing like we’ve been racing so far. An attitude of trying to win the race by all means and we’ll see what we can get out of it. Right now we’re thinking about championship points and it’s time to keep moving forward. We’ve been happy the whole weekend and I think we have a good car underneath us for tomorrow.”
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“Qualifying was difficult. Obviously eighth place in qualifying is not where we like to be, and it’s no fault of the efforts of the team. Fortunately, we traditionally have been very good for the races and over long runs, no matter our qualifying positions. That has been the focus of our practice sessions this weekend. Hopefully it will make a difference in the outcome tomorrow.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R
“We have focused quite hard on getting a good race car here. For a longer run we are in pretty good shape from what we can see from practice so far. I feel reasonably confident that we’re going to be getting better as the race goes on. I felt as I was qualifying the car was coming, coming and coming, and I felt like the next lap was going to be a bit better. That is a promising sign for the race. In practice we had the same thing. So I’m quietly confident that we are going to get the maximum out of our car here for our team this weekend. It is going to be tough – very, very tough. You just look at the gap between us and the cars on the front row and it is pretty substantial. I remember here a couple of years ago when there was a two-tenths split between the first seven cars. Now we are in the position where there is a second split between the top six or more which is kind of disappointing and frustrating. It is what it is, and we can only work with what we’ve got. I think that Chuck (Houghton, Corvette Racing engineering manager) and all the guys on the No. 4 car have maximized that over the weekend, and we have made good use of our time on track. We haven’t been hit by too many problems or issues, so I feel that we are a ready as we can be for the race.”
Continental Tire Road Race Showcase – TUDOR Championship (all times CT)
- TUDOR Championship Warmup: 9:05 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 10
- Continental Tire Road Race Showcase: 1:15 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10
Continental Tire Road Race Showcase – Watch It (all times ET)
- Race: 6:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), Sunday, Aug. 10
TUDOR Championship – GTLM Standings
|Driver Standings||Team Standings||Manufacturer Standings|
|1. Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen – 219
2. Jonathan Bomarito/Kuno Wittmer – 206
3. Bill Auberlen/Andy Priaulx – 197
4. Dominik Farnbacher/Marc Goossens – 195
5. Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 192
|1. No. 3 Corvette Racing – 219
2. No. 93 SRT Motorsports – 206
3. No. 55 BMW Team RLL – 197
4. No. 91 SRT Motorsports – 195
5. No. 4 Corvette Racing – 192
|1. Chevrolet – 222
2. Porsche – 216
3. SRT – 214
4. BMW – 210
5. Ferrari – 194
TUDOR Championship – Prototype Standings
|Driver Standings||Team Standings||Engine Manufacturer Standings|
|1. Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi – 249
2. Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor – 247
3. Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook – 238
4. Gustavo Yacaman – 232
5. Scott Pruett – 225
14. Boris Said – 117
18. Burt Frisselle – 105 19. Eric Curran – 97
20. Max Angelelli – 85
21. Brian Frisselle – 84
23. Sebastien Bourdais – 67
28. Jon Fogarty – 54
|1. No. 5 Action Express Racing – 249
2. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing – 247
3. No. 90 Spirit of Daytona – 238
4. No. 42 Oak Racing – 232
5. No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing – 225
11. No. 31 Marsh Racing – 159>
12. No. 9 Action Express Racing – 84
18. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing – 14
|1. Chevrolet – 256
2. Ford – 250
3. Nissan – 245
4. Honda – 232
5. Mazda – 214
Release Date: August 9, 2014