Dane Cameron and Eric Curran, drivers of Whelen Engineering’s red and white Cadillac DPi-V.R, return to challenge for the title at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18. After barely missing out on the winners circle in heartbreaking fashion in 2016, Cameron and Curran are solely focused on the checkered flag entering this year’s 12-hour battle.
“We didn’t have the finish we wanted in Daytona with the No .31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R,” said two-time Sebring fastest qualifier Dane Cameron. “We will definitely be on the attack looking to recover from Daytona and try to finish one spot better than last year’s 12 hrs.”
At last year’s race, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Team held the lead for more than half of the total laps and carried the banner for GM in the prototype class. However, after two late restarts, the Whelen Engineering Corvette DP, piloted by Cameron, ultimately had to settle for a runner-up finish in the 64th annual Mobil 1 Twelve
Hours of Sebring.
Ahead of this year’s event, Cameron and Curran continue to develop the new Cadillac Dpi-V.R., logging miles and gathering data during the two-day test at Sebring International Raceway.
“Sebring is one of the hardest tracks in the world to make a race car work well,” said former Sebring (2007) winner Eric Curran. “I was impressed by our performance at Sebring given how difficult the track is, and it shows how much testing and development has gone into the Cadillac DPi-V.R racing program.”
Following the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, Cameron and Curran will continue with endurance driver Mike Conway at Sebring. In Whelen Engineering’s 65th year in existence, the team is hoping for a special day at the 65th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Mustang Sampling Looks To Repeat 2015 Magic at Sebring
In 2015, Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype from Action Express Racing ended a 50-year drought for the automotive giant by turning in a near perfect performance and winning the 63rd edition of the Twelve Hours of Sebring by an entire lap. Ahead of the 2017 event, the team is looking to repeat their historic performance.
Last year, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team combined with team car, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette DP, to lead more than half of the total laps and carried the banner for GM in the prototype class. However, after two late restarts, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling team just missed out on the checkered flag and ultimately settled for a podium finish in the 64th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
For the 2017 season, after a switch from Corvette to the new Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype, the teams are focused on learning the new vehicle and finding their competitive edge following the season start at Daytona.
“We ran a solid two-days of testing in Sebring,” said 2015 winner Christian Fittipaldi. “We’re happy, but continue to develop our No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R
for an even better chance to challenge for the win.”
When the race starts at Sebring, there’s no doubt the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team will be looking for the win. If the team’s crowded trophy shelf, historic performance in 2015 and dedication to mastering the new Prototype package is any indication, fans have a good chance at seeing the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team on the podium in the winner’s circle.
Source. HiRev Racing