Walt’s Weekly – The Glen

The Glen, history, scenic, great weather. With rain earlier in the week it was great to have sunny weather with breezes between 5 to 15 mph brought car adjustments for many teams. Again with the BOP, balance of performance, brought tight racing in all classes first in qualifying then race day. Changes in leaders all race day brought anticipation and competition, like drivers and teams need competition.
With a yellow at the end of the race with 5 laps left, the cleanup crew does a fantastic quik removal and cleanup to restart with 2 lap left and a great race to the end.
Couldn’t ask for anything better. A Great track, racing, friends equals a great time. Next time you should come to The Glen.

Walt Hyjek

Action Express Racing Rallies to Fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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a08272c0-3867-4c3c-b9c5-2d58cb2fae2eBowmanville, Ontario (13 July 2014) – Action Express Racing entered the seventh round of IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over the weekend focused on the championship. Drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa took home fourth place points for the team after a setback early in the race saw the No. 5 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette Daytona Prototype fight back from two laps down to earn a healthy haul of points toward the championship.

The squad remains second in the TUDOR Championship standings, just five points out of the top spot. The No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype is also the only car to have completed every race lap so far this year.

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance opened under bright and sunny skies and on a very green track after rains enveloped the circuit through the morning hours. The team was even further motivated for a positive finish in Sunday afternoon’s event as Sonny Whelen joined the group on the Action Express pit box and the No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype carried Whelen branding after the fellow Corvette No. 31 Whelen Corvette DP entry was forced to withdraw due to a practice crash.

09d8cc33-edd1-4f4e-9b42-1256edbc0012Fittipaldi began the race from the fifth starting position and immediately leapt to fourth at the drop of the green flag. He worked his way forward up into second as he gained on the race leader. The tight confines and short layout of the Canadian road course created an intense tangle of traffic and within just five laps of the race, the Prototype class was lapping the slower GT machinery.

Just 20 minutes into the race, the No. 5 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette encountered a group of GT machines and contact caused a puncture to the left rear tire of the No. 5 DP. The puncture came early in the lap so Fittipaldi was forced to drive the car slowly around for an entire lap before taking to pit lane for a replacement tire.

When the No. 5 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette DP hit pit lane, the team changed all four Continental Tires and added fuel. Fittipaldi emerged from the pits eighth in line and two laps down to the leaders.

“I think it was just a racing incident, I don’t think he had a clue I was there,” said Fittipaldi of the contact. “I was on the inside and because I started to pass two cars behind him, he thought that another slow car was behind him and he didn’t see me. It wasn’t his fault, he just turned and his front wheel hit my rear tire. I was half a car length ahead of him and it caused a puncture.”

Fittipaldi remained at the wheel of the car with good race pace – turning similar lap times to those of the leaders. When the leading cars hit pit road for their first pit stops, the No. 5 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette gained a lap back with just under two hours remaining in the race.

Team Engineer Iain Watt called Fittipaldi, who ran fourth, into pit lane for the team’s second stop with about 1 hour and 11 minutes remaining and the team delivered a routine stop of fuel, tires and a driver change. Barbosa strapped into the car and returned to the track sixth in the order and one lap down.

The race ran at a rapid pace with no yellow flag periods, so despite running lap times as fast as the leaders, the No. 5 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette was able to return to the lead lap but had lost too much ground to make up any track position beyond fourth place.

“It wasn’t easy – we were definitely driving by ourselves and trying to catch up from a big setback,” said Barbosa. “But the car worked very well. I was able to push all the way through but the leaders were too far ahead unfortunately. There were no yellows in the race and it didn’t play into our favor. It’s a very tough championship and it’s a tough crowd out there so after a setback like that, it’s very hard to catch up and that’s what happened today. But that’s racing and we’ll move onto the next one and look forward to getting on the podium again.”

A final pit stop came for the team with 40 minutes to go, and the No. 5 machine took on fresh tires and a short fill of fuel that would see the team to the checkered flag. Action Express made up some time on the leaders with the pit stop strategy, but took home fourth place points in the end.

“We moved up from our starting spot to second in the opening laps and it looked like we were able to keep the leader in sight pretty well and then we got the flat tire,” said Team Manager Gary Nelson. “Unfortunately, there were no yellows for the whole event and we were off sequence. At one point we were two laps down and then we were one lap down and then we were back on the lead lap in fourth position. That’s what championship efforts are – when you have a bad day, you get all you can out of it and that’s what the Action Express team did.”

Action Express Racing now looks forward to the team’s return to the Brickyard Grand Prix held in two weeks’ time at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Visit Florida Racing Scores Podium in Canada

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Third consecutive podium as Florida squad makes Canadian debut

5d7616c2-b119-4005-86c0-23f609d78d14Bowmanville, Ontario (13 July 2014) – For the third consecutive race, Visit Florida Racing was back on the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship podium as Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook finished second with the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday. The two hour, forty-five minute race featured a three-class battle that ran at a flat out pace, with the event going from green to checkered flag without a single caution period.

The duo won the previous round of IMSA action in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen to follow up a second place finish at Detroit, and have raced into the heat of the championship battle with three consecutive podium outings with the Corvette DP.

“It was a good day, all in all,” said team owner Troy Flis. “For a team that has never been here, and two drivers that had so little experience here, I’m pleased with it. We wanted a podium and hopefully we can keep being on the podium and win a couple more races. This was good for the championship as well so we’ll just look to keep this up again in a couple of weeks at Indianapolis.”

Starting from third on the grid, Valiante raced into second place and held strong as the No. 42 P2 machine zoomed off into the distance. Valiante continued to lead the rest of the pack through his second stint before turning the car over to Westbrook with an hour and 15 minutes to go in the race.

“It was a double stint for me, but it was fine,” said Valiante. “We had a bit of a gear selection issue at the beginning so I had to slow things down a little bit and eventually it was fine but we lost some time and at one point a position because of that. After that, I just settled in to run a decent pace.”

A balky driver change cost the team time and track position, but Westbrook was soon on his way.

“Something happened on the belts with Richard’s driver change and we lost about 15 seconds,” said Valiante. “I’m not sure if we could have challenged the 42 car because they had so much pace. Overall, another great weekend and good for the points. The team did a great job again. Onto the next one!”

With some 30 seconds to make up to the leader, “Westy” put his head down and reeled off lap after lap of quick times, moving ahead of the championship-leading No. 10 entry before making the most of his opportunities in traffic to slice the overall lead down to just seven seconds in the closing moments of the race. The pressure seemed to awaken the leader, who responded by easily re-growing the gap to a comfortable margin at the finish, with the Visit Florida Corvette DP coming home second to earn some champagne and critical championship points north of the border.

“It is a good day for us,” said Westbrook. “We’ll take second. It was nice to put the No. 42 (Nissan Morgan – race winner) under some pressure. You never know. He had a quite comfortable spot but I wanted to put some sort of pressure because with all the traffic, you never know what a little bit of pressure can do. It wasn’t ours today, but it was really enjoyable racing. My first time at Mosport, and I actually loved it. Hopefully we can continue to have these kinds of weekends.”

The team will be back in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Round 8 of the 2014 championship battle on July 25.

Fighting Fifth Place for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian at CTMP

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Bowmanville, Ontario (13 July 2014) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian finished the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix fifth with the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost/Riley as drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew combined to score a top-five result in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar championship debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday.

The race ran at a flat out pace with two hours and forty-five minutes of green-flag running right to the checkered flag. The north of the border event marked the first-ever appearance for Michael Shank Racing at the track that was long known as Mosport, with the team having tested ahead of the race weekend at the track to accelerate the learning curve.

A different range of conditions, along with a full reset of the track surface with heavy overnight and early morning rains, meant that the team was continually working to match the pace set by the leading P2 runners.

Pew opened the race from seventh on the grid, and was able to move up to fourth in the order before turning the car over to Negri. Pew had the advantage of some previous race experience at the track, and put that to good use in his stint.

“I’m really surprised there wasn’t (a caution) but in talking to people who race here all the time, they say it’s not that unusual,” said Pew. “It’s such a ‘commitment’ track that people are just a little bit careful here. I found that going on the outside of Turn 2, passing GTs, everyone was very heads up, everyone seemed to be watching out for each other. The consequences here can be big if something bad happens.”

As Negri took over the controls, he returned to the track sixth in the order. Fighting an imbalance in the car, Negri made the most of any clear laps that he got, which were few and far between, to keep clicking off the laps and move in to fifth at the finish.

“We were pushing very hard,” said Negri. “I drove every lap really hard. I think we got the most out of what we have.  Once again, the team never gave up. They’re pushing all the time, always with the best intention of going forward. That’s our philosophy – working hard all the time. Working for the better. We’re here to win it. As well as the Ford guys, who are always very supportive of us and helping out. The Ganassi team, we’ve been working really well with them. I feel sorry for what happened for them today (pre-race crash). We’ll take fifth.”

“We’ve had a couple bad weekends now and they are really hard to take,” said team owner Mike Shank. “The work my guys put into this is really hard and its frustrating when things don’t go our way. We have some things that we have to get better on the car. Ford Racing and Roush Yates have spent so much time on this EcoBoost motor; we’re making gains on it. We had a good car yesterday morning but we lost it and couldn’t get it back. We’ll go back and regroup for Indy and hopefully come out of there with something we can be steady and consistent with across the weekend.”

For Pew, the return to Mosport – where he had debuted in Pro Mazda competition – was a solid outing and a result to build on in the coming weeks as the team moves to the wide open spaces of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  “I’m happy with fifth place today,” said Pew. “Our car today was not our top car. The track changed between practice and the race and we missed it a little bit. The car was oversteering quite a bit; Ozz and I both struggled with it. But we just kept it together and the top five is good for points. The Ford EcoBoost was flawless. I just love that sound when that turbo kicks in.”

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will return to Stateside competition in two weeks as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway stages the Brickyard Grand Prix and Round 8 of the 2014 championship.

Yet Another Podium in Canada Is A-OK, Eh?

Ricky, Jordan Taylor Overcome Early Off-Course Excursion for Gutsy Third-Place Finish
To Widen Tudor United SportsCar Series Points Lead at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Date: July 13, 2014
Event: Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (Round 7 of 11)
Series: Prototype division of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship
Location: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile, 10-turn road course)
Start/Finish: 6th / 3rd (Running, completed 133 of 133 laps)
Winner: Gustavo Yacaman and Olivier Pla of OAK Racing (Nissan)

ChevAn early off-course excursion was not enough to completely derail the efforts of brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor in Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, where they and their No. 10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype for Wayne Taylor Racing teammates rallied for a gutsy third-place finish and widened their points lead in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship standings.

It was the fifth podium finish in seven races this season for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP, and it put the Taylor brothers and the team five points ahead of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP and its driver duo of Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa atop the series standings with four events to go. Fittipaldi and Barbosa finished fourth in today’s two-hour, 45-minute race on this 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course some 90 minutes north and east of Toronto.

While no one was able to pose a threat to the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan LMP2 Prototype of the polesitting Gustavo Yacaman and Olivier Pla, who led all 133 laps in scoring their first victory of the season by a comfortable 7.886-second margin today, it was a trio of Corvette DP teams who grabbed the second, third and fourth positions.

The runner-up spot was decided 23 minutes from the finish when Richard Westbrook and his No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP drove past Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP and beat him across the finish line by 13 seconds. Taylor was able to maintain a comfortable margin over Barbosa in the No. 5 Corvette DP, which finished 50 seconds behind in the fourth position.

“It was a tough day,” said Taylor, who was victorious in a 2008 IMSA Prototype Lites race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. “We were off-strategy from the start and, basically, we were flat out from the green. It’s a physical track, especially when the car is difficult to drive. We were fighting the whole way and, unfortunately, we didn’t have the pace (to win the race) but we salvaged some good points in the championship and that is what’s going to count at the end of the day.”

The off-course excursion for the No. 10 team came on lap 15, 18 minutes into today’s 133-lap race, when 24-year-old Ricky Taylor drifted wide into the high-speed, right-hand turn three. The racecar suffered no apparent damage, but the front end was caked with grass and mud, necessitating an unscheduled pit stop to clear the debris. Fortunately, the stop occurred within one of the team’s planned pit windows and enabled the race distance to be completed on just two more scheduled stops, like the rest of the field.

Taylor resumed in seventh place, nearly an entire lap behind the race-leading No. 42 LMP2 car of Yacaman, but was back in the top-five by the 24-minute mark after Fittipaldi was forced to make an unscheduled stop of his own thanks to a delaminated tire resulting from contact with a GT-class competitor, and then a pass of Tristan Nunez in the No. 07 Mazda LMP2. Taylor was up to fourth at the 42-minute mark when he passed John Pew in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford, and then inherited third place when Scott Sharp pitted in the No. 1 Extreme Motorsports LMP2 car at the 48-minute mark.

He held down the third position until pitting at the one-hour, seven-minute mark for tires, fuel and driver change.

“We knew coming into the race that, if the P2s were ahead of us on track, we really weren’t going to race them very hard,” said Taylor, who ended up having to pay a visit to the track medical facility after his stint to treat symptoms of dehydration. “So, we’ll let them have this weekend and we’ll go to Indy and keep pushing for wins. Right now, we’re in a good championship position so, hopefully, we’ll extend our lead there. I think the car was very good today. I obviously made that stupid mistake – ran out of talent in turn three, there – but it was at the perfect time that I ran out of talent because it kept us right on strategy to make the race on three stops. Jordan did a really good job, and the team did a really great job to make up for my mistake.”

The 23-year-old Jordan Taylor resumed in fifth place after taking over from his older brother. He moved into fourth with a pass of Barbosa in the No. 5 Corvette DP at the one-hour, 14-minute mark, then passed Ryan Dalziel in the No. 1 Extreme Speed LMP2 car at the 90-minute mark for third place. A troublesome pit stop by Westbrook in the No. 90 Corvette DP enabled Taylor to slide into the second position with a little more than an hour remaining. He stayed there until pitting one final time for tires and fuel with 46 minutes left to go, returning to the track in fourth place with the three competitors ahead of him still needing to pit.

Taylor moved back into second place as the top-three pitted over the next two laps with only Pla in the eventual race-winning No. 42 OAK Racing LMP2 car able to stay ahead of him while Westbrook in the No. 90 Corvette DP was a close third. After holding off Westbrook for the next 17 minutes, the winner of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen was finally able to get by Taylor to steal the runner-up spot.

“Well, I’ll have to say I am happy, all things considered,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “We have extended the lead over the 5 car in the championship. Ricky wasn’t well in the first stint, so we had a bit of an off, but the guys did a great job and, considering where we were in qualifying (sixth), I am happy with the results.”

After taking next weekend off, the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship resumes with the Brickyard Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Formula 1 road course Friday, July 25. Race time is 5:45 p.m. EDT with FOX Sports 1 providing a delayed television broadcast of the two-hour, 45-minute race beginning at 7 p.m.

Visit Florida Racing Scores Third on Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Grid

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Lead DP as Westy takes third…and begins his rain dance

Bowmanville, Ontario (12 July 2014) – Visit Florida Racing will look to back up the team’s big victory in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen two weeks ago with another strong run on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for Round 7 of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante will share the driving duties in the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP on Sunday (LIVE broadcast Fox Sports 1 2:00 PM), with Westbrook having secured third on the four-class IMSA grid with a fast lap time of 1:09.642-seconds to take a spot on the inside of the second row.

“Richard did a great job, he had a couple of great runs and got the tires up to temperature and everything worked out pretty well,” said team owner Troy Flis. “We knew the P2’s would be quick here, but he’s ahead of all the DP’s so that was pretty impressive. We’ll just have to see how the traffic plays out in the race. I think we’ve got a car we can race with, we’re gonna push ‘em hard, no question.”

908954a4-6ab4-4bc7-a1c4-2d603e591ca8“We should be happy really, but you always want that bit more,” admitted Westbrook. “Whenever you qualify,  you want to be on the front row, ideally pole. But well done to Gustavo and Brian – they did great laps (front row starters). There’s room for improvement and we’ll try to iron out the imbalances we’ve got before tomorrow. And we have to see what the weather will bring.”

The weekend has thus far been a string of ideal summer days with low humidity and comfortable temperatures under sunny skies. But that could changed dramatically if the forecasted precipitation comes to pass.

“It’s a rain tire that no one has really used,” said Westbrook. “Maybe it will bring the gap between the DP and the P2 closer – but who knows. I like the rain so I’ll be doing my rain dance tonight because I think it’s going to be difficult to beat the guys in front. The team has given me a great car – all the guys from Visit Florida – it just shows we’re on form at the moment. Six months ago we would have been elated with third position and now we’re a little bit disappointed so it shows you how far we’ve come in a short time, and I’m delighted.”

Sunday’s race will take the green flag at 2:05 PM, you can listen to the race via MRN Radio as well as catch live coverage via FOX Sports 1 starting at 2:00 PM ET.

Action Express Racing Fifth on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Grid

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Watkins Glen, Six Hours Of The Glen , IMSA Tudor Championship, 2014Bowmanville, Ontario (12 July 2014) – Action Express Racing got off to a strong start in the team’s Canadian Tire Motorsport Park debut when Christian Fittipaldi wheeled the No. 5 Action Express Racing Whelen Corvette Daytona Prototype to a fast time of 1:10.298–seconds to take fifth on the grid during qualifying on Saturday. He will open the 2.75-hour race on Sunday before handing the car over Joao Barbosa who will take the team to the checkered flag.

Despite neither driver nor the team having ever turned a single lap on the challenging 2.459-mile Canadian road course prior to practice on Friday, the group was quickly up to speed. The squad was fourth fastest in the first practice, second quick in the second session, and then third in the third practice.

Fittipaldi who is tabbed to qualify and start the car in each IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race fought a bit of a shift in balance on the car through the qualifying run as the track conditions changed. He set his fast time on Lap 9 of 12 laps run and was the second fastest Daytona Prototype machine.

“All in all it was a great effort,” said Fittipaldi. “We changed the car a little bit from the last practice and we improved it in some ways but we lost time in other ways. The No. 90 car did a stunning lap – they were really hooked up. I’m still very confident for the race. I’m happy that we are ahead of the No. 10 and No. 01 cars which are direct competitors of us in the championship. We knew the P2 cars were going to be strong here (at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) so we’re not surprised at all. Our aim was to qualify on the second row and we were just a little bit off of that but tomorrow is what counts. We’ll have to take it easy and make sure we score points. We’ll have to see what the conditions are tomorrow. Everyone is calling for rain so we’ll definitely have to take it easy.”

The natural terrain road course is very fast and allows no room for error. As Fittipaldi and Barbosa took to the track for the first time, the duo was thrilled with the speed that the track has on offer.

“My first laps at this track were awesome,” said Barbosa of his debut. “It’s a really fast track. It is very technical and demanding and our Corvette from Action Express is running well. It’s very high speed and I love the track so far. I’m looking forward to the race!”

Action Express Racing will have a 20-minute warmup Sunday morning prior to the 2.75-hour race which goes green at 2:05 PM ET. FOX Sports 1 will carry live coverage of the event beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

MRN Radio will also broadcast live coverage on www.mrn.com. Live timing and scoring is available at www.imsa.com.

Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Set for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Debut

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Bowmanville, Ontario (12 July 2014) – Michael Shank Racing will start the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance from the fourth row after Ozz Negri put down a lap of 1:11.339–seconds in the No. 60 Ford Ecoboost powered Riley. The 2.75-hour Canadian race marks Round 7 of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and John Pew will open the event before turning the car over to Negri who will anchor it to the finish.

The Shank squad targets a positive outing at the fast 2.459-mile road course as the group aims to take the team’s first podium result of the year.

Michael Shank Racing worked to fine tune the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost/Riley Daytona Prototype through three traffic-filled practice sessions on Friday and Saturday as three TUDOR Championship classes ran together on track. Saturday evening’s 15-minute qualifying run provided the first opportunity of the weekend for clear running and Negri made the most of the quick session to put the car eighth on the 40 car combined class grid.

“We’ve changed the car a lot from yesterday to today,” said Negri. “This morning (in practice) the car was good. We just want more. We did more to the car and went too far. The track was different because of the rubber from the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, so we ended up going too far, but now we know where ‘too far’ is. We’ll keep working on it and be ready to race tomorrow.”

“The car is handling the opposite way now to what we’ve been fighting the whole weekend,” added Team Owner Mike Shank. “We were quick in the final practice session, so to qualify eighth is just disappointing. But we’re going to put our heads down and get the best out of the car that we can tomorrow. The forecast is calling for rain which would make it a whole new ball game. We’d actually love for it to rain tomorrow!”

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance is set to go green at 2:05 PM ET Sunday with live coverage on FOX Sports 1. Live timing and scoring is available at scoring.imsa.com.

Wayne Taylor Racing Qualifying Report

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Date: July 12, 2014
Event: Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (Round 7 of 11)
Series: Prototype division of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship
Location: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario (2.459-mile, 10-turn road course)
Pole Winner: Gustavo Yacaman of OAK Racing (1:09.167 at 127.196 mph)
Wayne Taylor Racing: 6th by Ricky Taylor (1:10.336 at 125.859 mph)

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) will start Sunday’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix from the outside of the third row for the second race in a row after qualifying Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Ricky Taylor, who leads the Tudor series standings along with his younger brother and full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor, turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 10.336 seconds at 125.859 mph around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course about 90 minutes north and east of Toronto. It was good for sixth among 40 car-and-driver combinations entered for Sunday’s two-hour, 45-minute race.

“We couldn’t expect much more,” said Taylor, who qualified sixth two weekends ago for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. “The P2s had pace all weekend. We were really fighting for fourth the whole weekend long and I think we will be tomorrow, as well. We improved the car. We got closer to the other DPs, at least. The car was difficult in qualifying, but it was fast. I just made a little mistake on some of my best laps. I was pushing really hard. I think tomorrow it is going to rain, anyway, so we are going to sit back and maybe throw everything out the window and try and make a good racecar for tomorrow.”

The top-five qualifiers for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix are:

1. OAK Racing (No. 42 Nissan Morgan) with Gustavo Yacaman and Olivier Pla (1:09.167 at 127.196 mph).

2. Extreme Speed Motorsports (No. 1 HPD ARX-03b) with Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp (1:09.456 at 127.453 mph).

3. Spirit of Daytona Racing (No. 90 Corvette DP) with Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante (1:09.642 at 127.113 mph).

4. Extreme Speed Motorsports (No. 2 HPD ARX-03b) with Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown (1:10.136 at 126.218 mph).

5. Action Express Racing (No. 5 Corvette DP) with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa (1:10.298 at 125.927 mph).

Race time is 2:05 p.m. EDT Sunday with live television provided by FOX Sports 1 beginning at 2 p.m. Live radio by the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will be streamed at IMSA.com, and MRNRadio.com, as well as select MRN affiliates beginning at 1:45 p.m. Check local listings. Live timing and scoring during all on-track sessions can be found at IMSA.com and via the IMSA smartphone app.

Action Express Racing to Carry Whelen Livery at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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79a06f0e-5968-428c-8fdb-d52f32d16ee3Bowmanville, Ontario (12 July 2014) – The Action Express Racing No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype driven by Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa will carry the Whelen livery in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance for the remainder of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event in Canada.

The No. 31 Whelen Corvette DP entry of Marsh Racing was forced to withdraw from the race event after a significant practice crash on Friday.

9e3166d3-f795-4018-993a-853c45039edc“Sonny Whelen is a great friend of our team and he deserves to have a car in this race,” said Action Express Racing Team Owner Bob Johnson. “It’s an unfortunate situation for the Marsh Racing team to not be able to compete tomorrow, but we’re glad to be able to carry Whelen with us on the No. 5 tomorrow. We plan to bring home a great result.”

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance is set to go green at 2:05 PM ET tomorrow and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

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