Corvette DP Takes Fifth Consecutive Win in Rolex Grand-Am Series
The Rolex Grand-Am Series is well underway this season with six of the 14 races complete, and Chevrolet is continuing to make itself out to be the manufacturer to beat. On Saturday, drivers competed in the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Chevrolet once again proved itself to be a heavy hitter with the Corvette Daytona Prototype taking the first and third place podium positions at the end of the race, according to Motorsport.com. This race marks the fifth win for the Corvette DP in the series and the second for No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP drivers Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante.
The Mid-Ohio race proved to be packed full of competition with many Corvette DP teams aiming for the lead position. Both the SunTrust Racing and Action Express Racing teams have seen wins in the Grand-Am Series this year, along with the Spirit of Daytona team, behind the wheel of Corvette DPs. The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team has also seen some podium action this year with the No. 99 Corvette DP taking second at the Porsche 250 race earlier this year.
Despite all the competition, a talented run by Valiante at the start of the race put the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP in a lead position very early on. After taking over midway through the race, Westbrook maintained the lead for a combined number of 87 out of 111 laps, securing the first-place finish in the 2 hour and 45 minute long race.
At Saturday’s race, the pole winning No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP was in the lead for the first 17 laps, but a power steering issue confined them to the pits for two laps, causing them to finish in seventh place.
Luck was just as bad for the No. 10 SunTrust Racing team, which was sent to the pits after on-track contact occurred with just 11 laps to go.
Sharing the podium with the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona team in the Rolex series was the No. 01 BMW Chip Ganassi Racing team with a second-place finish and the No. 5 Action Express Racing team with a third-place finish. Other podium finishers for the weekend included the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R team that finished third in the GT class and the No. 01 Autosports Camaro GS.R team that finished second in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Race.
The Grand-Am Series will be back in action on June 21st as the drivers take on Road America. Be sure to stay tuned for more Corvette DP action as well as coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as Corvette Racing attempts to maintain their winning title from last year this weekend.