VISIT FLORIDA RACING SEEKING A THIRD VICTORY AS THE IMSA TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP INVADES CANADA

VISIT FLORIDA RACING SEEKING A THIRD VICTORY AS THE IMSA TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP INVADES CANADA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2015) – After scoring an impressive victory in a

treacherous Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, Visit Florida Racing has their sights set on a

third victory in 2015 and extending their lead in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar

Championship.

For team owner Troy Flis, the 2015 season has gone to plan so far. After starting the

season with three-third place finishes, the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Chevrolet

Corvette Daytona Prototype stormed to victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The

team missed the podium for the first time in Detroit, but rebounded with a second

consecutive victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

“That was last week and this is now,” said Flis. “We took some time after the race to

celebrate as a team, but Monday morning we rolled back in to Watkins Glen to start

prepping our car for the trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and we’re 100% focused

on a third victory and building on our championship lead.”

The emergence of the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Corvette DP as the championship

front-runner may have surprised some in the industry, but not driver Richard Westbrook.

Westbrook knew that 2015 would likely be the best year yet with the team.

“When you look at our approach to the season it was about consistency,” said Westbrook.

“This is the second full season for Michael and myself, we’ve had no changes in

engineering, the team returned almost completely intact so we functioned as one cohesive

unit right from the start.

“We’ve had our struggles at points this year, but overall the team has been solid week in

and week out. Even on our bad weekends we’ve managed to find the speed for podium

finishes and that’s the type of consistency it takes in this ultra-competitive series to win a

championship.”

For Westbrook’s teammate Michael Valiante the thought of a TUDOR Championship is

great, but he’s focused on the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix.

“I think Richard and I are on the same page when it comes to the championship talk,”

said Valiante. “Obviously that’s the season long goal, but it’s still too soon to go into

conservation mode.

“We want to win races first and foremost, and for me, this is a race in my home country

that I really want to win. We finished second here last season and our team is even

stronger this year, so we feel like we’ve got a good shot to contend for the victory.”

With the win at Watkins Glen International, Westbrook and Valiante became the first

drivers to record multiple wins in the 2015 season. The win also snapped a two-way tie at

the top of the standings and moved them five points ahead of the defending series

champions.

The weekend gets underway on Friday with the first of three practice sessions for the

weekend. Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET and the Mobil 1

Sportscar Grand Prix gets underway Sunday at 12:05 p.m. The race will be broadcast live

on FOX Sports 1 and IMSA Radio.

 

VisitFlorida.com Racing

  • Two-Time Winners of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen (2015, 2014)
  • 2015 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Winners
  • 2014 Third Place Finishers in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship
  • Four Daytona Prototype Class wins from 2012-2014
  • Sixteen total team wins including a class victory in the
  • 2002 Rolex 24 Two team championships in 2000 and 2001
  • One driver championship 2001

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