Barbosa and Fittipaldi sail to victory, headlining Action Express 1-2 finish in Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, NY (July 3, 2016) - Nothing about winning an endurance race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is easy. 

That much was evident Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. In the end, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi were rewarded for a smooth, consistent run in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. 

"It was probably one of the fastest pace races that I've done in a while. The track really suits this kind of racing. They did an amazing job with the surface. We did a few changes after qualifying and we really hit it. The car was really good," said Barbosa. "It was a great race, very hard. We were really matched with the 31 so track position was really important."

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP methodically worked its way to victory lane, taking advantage of competitors' misfortune, while staying out of trouble just long enough to tighten their grip on the championship lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype class.

While the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP closed in the event's waning laps, Dane Cameron and Eric Curran finished second, completing a 1-2 finish for Action Express Racing.

Other category winners in the 2016 edition of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen included Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow (Prototype Challenge), Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook (GT Le Mans), and Christina Nielson, Alessandro Balzan, and Jeff Segal (GT Daytona). 

The race, which began at 10:00 a.m. EST., went under full course caution just over thirty minutes into the running, when the No. 20 Prototype Challenge entry of Johnny Mowlem, running 2nd, made heavy contact with the guard rail on the back straight. Mowlem was evaluated and released from the care center following the incident, which was precipitated by a battle with James French.

Sunday's event was the first visit for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to Watkins Glen International since a $12 million dollar repaving project was officially completed earlier this year. All weekend, including during Sunday's race, track records fell in every class, as fans were treated to spectacular sportscar racing that began in earnest on Thursday morning. 

Watkins Glen International's season continues with the 20th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese, July 15-17. For tickets and more information, visit www.flwinefest.com.
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