With only two races left in the season, drivers of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi have a solid 16 point lead in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship’s Prototype class. But much to Team Chevy’s delight, the two closest competitors behind them are also in Corvette DPs.
Between them, Barbosa and Fittpaldi have six podium finishes in nine races so far this year, giving them 285 points. Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor are trailing them closely with 269 points in their No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP, followed by No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP drivers Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante with 267 points.
“Heading to Austin we’re just planning on doing the same thing we’ve done at every race this year,” Barbosa said in a statement. “We take one race at a time and right now we’re just focusing on a positive result at Circuit of The Americas. Everyone at Action Express Racing is so focused and committed to performing the best. The preparation for this season started after the last race of 2013. Now, the team goes 100-percent prepared to every race.”
Chevrolet is currently first in the Tudor Manufacturer’s standings for the Prototype class with 301 points to Ford’s 282. Driver of the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost/Riley, Scott Pruett, is currently fifth in the Driver’s standings behind OAK Racing’s Gustavo Yacaman and will be looking to get the Blue Oval some points to contest Chevy in the final two races of the reason, Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
The Ciruit of the Americas race will start on September 20 and will be followed by a World Endurance Championship race in which Corvette Racing and their C7.R will compete. The Tudor series will then head to Road Atlanta on October 4 for the final race of the season.