The Corvette Daytona Prototype has helped Action Express Racing’s Dane Cameron and Eric Curran claim the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Prototype driver’s title in its last-ever active IMSA season.
Cameron and Curran, along with the team’s part-time endurance driver and IndyCar champ Simon Pagenaud, finished Sunday’s Petit Le Mans from Road Atlanta in fourth. The result gave them enough points to secure the driver’s title after the pair claimed two wins and four podium finishes earlier in the season.
Corvette DP drivers claimed the top three spots in the Prototype driver’s championship. Behind Cameron and Curran in second was their Action Express teammates Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, while third in the championship was claimed by Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan and Ricky Taylor.
The Taylor pairing was also third at Petit Le Mans Sunday – the only Corvette DP to land on the podium in the car’s final race. The Michael Shank Racing Honda of John Pew, Oswaldo Negri Jr. and Olivier Pla won the 6-hour endurance event, while the ESM Honda of Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani took second.
The Corvette DP is being phased out as IMSA moves to introduce new Prototype class regulations for 2017. The racecar won 36 races and took over 100 podium finishes in the 56 races it has been entered in since 2012. The DPs have been consistently faster than the Honda P2s they share the Prototype grid with, so many are welcoming the revised rulebook.
“I think after the year that we had with how big the difference was in speed in the class, everybody is probably happy to see that go away,” Jordan Taylor said of the DP’s departure. “But me, personally, driving the car, I’m going to miss that aspect of it. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to do bigger and better things.”