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.”
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.
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.