DETROIT, Mich. May 30, 2015 – Visit Florida Racing remained in championship form with a fifth place finish in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at the Detroit Grand Prix. The team is tied for first place in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as the series is set to begin the second half of the season.
“We brought a new chassis this week and throughout the weekend the team was able to make steady improvement on it,” said team owner Troy Flis. “Both Michael and Richard did a phenomenal job for us in providing the feedback we needed to make improvements and they did so on a track that had undergone major changes since last year.
“Winning races and being consistent were our two major goals coming into the season and with a top-5 finish today along with our four podium finishes and the win in the last race at Laguna Seca, we are still achieving what we set out to do in January.”
After starting third, Michael Valiante got as high as second and maintained the position throughout the first half of the race.
“The car had speed,” said Valiante. “The team has been giving us great racecars all season and today was no exception. In addition to numerous track surface changes we were racing with a new chassis and the team did a great job of giving Richard and myself a competitive car.
“I think we are in great shape to get back on our podium run and certainly should be able to challenge for the win at Watkins Glen and hopefully make it back-to-back in the Six Hours.”
For co-driver Richard Westbrook the new surface provided a new challenge to the already difficult Belle Isle street circuit, but he remained confident in his teams’ ability to compete for the championship for the remainder of the season.
“Street courses are always a unique challenge,” said Westbrook. “There were a lot of areas that had been resurfaced after last years race so it was basically a fresh start for everyone in terms of data. I felt like our team did a great job adapting to the changes and giving us a really fast Corvette DP.
“We’re in an excellent position leading the championship and making a return to Watkins Glen where we were victorious last season. There are a lot of great things happening within this team and we’re extremely confident that we will continue to compete for wins and podiums for the second half of the season.”
The IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship moves to Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen on June 28. The No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Chevrolet Corvette DP will look to go back-to-back in the third race in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
# # #