Dane Cameron, Eric Curran hope to break through in IMSA WeatherTech weekend at COTA
Can anyone rope in the streaking Taylor brothers as they ride into the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas, this weekend for the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship?
Ricky and Jordan Taylor have stomped the opposition in their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in winning at Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach to already stamp themselves the team to beat for the championship in 2017.
The No. 5 Whelen Engineering Cadillac entry of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi finished second at Daytona and Sebring, and they should be right in the hunt at COTA, too.
But it is defending series champs Eric Curran and Dane Cameron, who co-drive the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R for Action Express Racing, who believe it is their turn to shine in the Lone Star state this weekend.
The pair has had rotten luck the first three races of the year, leading at Daytona and Sebring before encountering problems and crashing at Long Beach after moving into second position.
Curran and Cameron were in the Motor City on Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, former home of the Detroit Pistons, to meet a group of Detroit Public Schools students and promote the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear June 2-4 at Belle Isle.
They will compete in the WeatherTech race there, one of several events supporting the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader.
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“The potential has been there all year,” said Cameron, who resides in Huntersville, North Carolina. “Call it unlucky, or whatever, but we’re off to a slow start. I made a mistake at Long Beach … but we’ve been right there this season and have had more than enough speed to get it done. We just need to get all the pieces back in line to execute and have a clean race and seal the deal. We have been knocking on the door.”
Curran and Cameron won at Belle Isle in 2015, then driving the Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory in the IMSA sports-car event.
Now they have switched to the new platform Cadillac DPi-V.R this season and are excited about the transition.
“The car is super fast and fun to drive,” said Curran, who lives in Sarasota, Florida. “It is basically an open-wheel car with a body on it. The Cadillac has lots of downforce, is lighter and two to three seconds a lap quicker than we were seeing last year. Cadillac has done an amazing job of developing the car (since last October).”
COTA is a fast, sweeping road course designed with Formula 1 cars in mind.
Belle Isle is a bumpy, narrow street course that takes its toll on drivers and equipment.
“Detroit is a great place to showcase our racing products,” said Cameron. “But it is a big challenge. It is a tough racetrack, hard to pass on. You don’t want to test the walls at Belle Isle.”
Detroit follows COTA on the WeatherTech schedule.
In GM’s backyard, Belle Isle is a hugely important race for all Cadillac teams.
“It’s the place you want to win at,” said Curran. “Whether you are now driving a Cadillac or a Corvette in the past.”