Corvette Wins Chev Sports Car Classic

Eric Curran and Dane Cameron driving the N0. 31 Corvette DP followed by James French and James Vance driving the No. 38 ORECA FLM09 and Michael Guasch and Tom Kimber-Smith driving the No. 52 ORECA FLM09  during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Eric Curran and Dane Cameron driving the N0. 31 Corvette DP followed by James French and James Vance driving the No. 38 ORECA FLM09 and Michael Guasch and Tom Kimber-Smith driving the No. 52 ORECA FLM09 during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ian Shalapata

(DETROIT, MI) – They managed to fit in two races in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship over the weekend, despite the inclement weather. The endurance-style, 100 minute challenges saw their share of thrills and spills as the machines hit the course at Belle Isle, rain or no rain.

In Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, Dane Cameron, one half of the No. 31 Corvette DP team with Eric Curran, managed to get past Jordan Taylor with just a half hour remaining in the race and hold on for the checkered flag.

“What a day, this is amazing, to come away with a win at the Chevy classic – in a Chevy no less,” Cameron said. “Thanks to everyone who was able to get us in this position. For me, the car was the best it’s been all year. It’s amazing to me that we’re only halfway through the season, five races in, and we have a win.”

John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr driving the No. 60 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2 during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr driving the No. 60 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2 during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Taylor, driving with his brother Ricky, was assessed a drive-through penalty for contact, and would end up in 7th place after winning the four previous races.

Second place belonged to Oswaldo Negri Jr and John Pew, in the No. 60 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2, after over-taking Joao Barbosa on the final lap.

Joao Barbossa and Christian Fittipaldi driving the No. 5 Corvette DP during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Joao Barbossa and Christian Fittipaldi driving the No. 5 Corvette DP during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The team of Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, driving the No. 5 Corvette DP, overcame an early spin-out before settling for 3rd place.

Starting the race under sunny conditions, the heavens opened up on the drivers around the 60 minute mark and gradually got heavier. The conditions and course would prepare the teams for what to expect on Sunday.

John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr driving the No. 60 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2, Eric Curran and Dane Cameron driving the N0. 31 Corvette DP, and Joao Barbossa and Christian Fittipaldi driving the No. 5 Corvette DP on the podium at the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 30 5 2015.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr driving the No. 60 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2, Eric Curran and Dane Cameron driving the N0. 31 Corvette DP, and Joao Barbossa and Christian Fittipaldi driving the No. 5 Corvette DP on the podium at the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 30 5 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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