Race Summary – CoTA USCR & WEC
Joao Barboza & Christian Fitipaldi finished 3rd in the # 5 Action Express, extending their lead for the Daytona Prototype Class Championship. They can win it all at Petite Le Mans, the 10 hour finale at Road Atlanta on Oct 1-4. Jan Magnussen is back from a pre-race off track excursion at VIR. But the Corvette Racing Team has been crippled by overly excessive “balance of performance” restrictions. The # 3 and # 4 trailed all the GTLM entries to finish 9th and 10th opening the way for the # 91 Viper to win the GTLM title.
The team’s tribute to Corvette racing legend Dick Thompson who died on Sept 14, 2014 at age 94 was a real class act.
In the WEC, the # 65 Corvette (chassis C7.R 001 converted from display to WEC specs) also fared badly during the 6 hr race into the night. Tommy Milner, Jordan & Rickey Taylor finished 7th, last in the GT Pro class. The Corvette Racing Team competes in just 2 of the 7 World Endurance Championship races that span the globe. The 24 Hrs of Le Mans is their only other WEC race for which the team has a month to prepare and test.