Corvette Racing at Road Atlanta

Championships for Chevrolet and drivers

Saturday, Oct. 4, was a landmark day for the Corvette Daytona Prototype program as Action Express Racing and Chevrolet clinched TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Prototype titles, and Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli won the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in their No. 10 Corvette DP.

Jordan Taylor took the checkered flag 11.062 seconds ahead of Joao Barbosa, driving the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi – who drove with Sebastien Bourdais – had plenty to celebrate. The pairing shared the TUDOR Championship’s Prototype Driver’s title, and the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP took the inaugural Team championship.

Additionally Chevrolet, Barbosa and Fittipaldi, and the No. 5 Action Express entry claimed the Manufacturer, Driver and Team titles in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup – a competition centering on the TUDOR Championship’s four long-distance rounds.

“Congratulations to Action Express Racing on a fantastic day at Road Atlanta along with a great 2014 season,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Racing. “The team, along with their drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, recorded a clean sweep of the TUDOR Championships in the Prototype class by capturing both the Drivers and Team championships. They also captured the same awards in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. These Championships are the result of the team consistently performing at the highest level throughout the season. Action Express Racing also contributed valuable manufacturers points towards Chevrolet’s Manufacturer title in the North American Endurance Cup.”

"It is a real pleasure,” Fittipaldi said of clinching the driver’s championship. “It is an honor to be part of this team – to be driving with Joao all season. It couldn't have been better. We are so relieved, and very, very happy. The No. 10 car (the Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype) was fast. In the first stint I did, he was a good amount better than us. The second stint I did, we closed the gap on him. And on the last stint I did, we were all the time right behind him. The car was just improving, improving all the time. We were making changes and definitely going in the right direction."
  
The Wayne Taylor Racing victory was a thrilling one that featured a back-and-forth battle between the No. 10 Corvette DP throughout the race’s second half. There were 22 lead changes with the Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express Corvette DPs combining to lead the last 140 laps. The No. 10 Corvette DP led the final 64 laps and held on following a late splash for fuel with 34 minutes to go.

The victory came in the 100th event for Wayne Taylor Racing. It also came 16 years after team owner Wayne Taylor was the overall winning co-driver at the first Petit Le Mans in 1998. The Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP won two races in 2014; the championship-winning Action Express entry won three times.