Circuit of the America's in May brings with it a new and exciting challenge. The Mustang Sampling team has endured the scorching September heat of Austin, TX over the past several years and is looking forward to the milder temperatures of May.
AUSTIN, TX (April 25, 2017) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R team is eager to take Circuit of Americas by the horns and advantage of the expected cooler track conditions, which usually helps the tire grip and keeps the cockpit temps down.
As the IMSA WeatherTech season rolls into the summer months, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team of veteran drivers, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi know their Cadillac DPis are fast and a majority of the season still remains. "On the manufacturer side, Cadillac is very strong and seems the combination to beat this year," said Fittipaldi. "Our Mustang Sampling Team is putting forth lots of effort back at the shop and many hours of testing has rewarded us with a competitive car. We look forward to getting back on track at COTA with 70% of the championship to go."
"The records show we have brought fast race cars to each race," Barbosa said. "Everyone on our team is confident that as long as we keep the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac running this well, the wins will come."
As the IMSA teams head toward the central U.S., the track conditions will be different in early- May than the early-Fall date of 2016, which adds another element to a season of changes.
"It will feel different because we're racing a Cadillac," Barbosa added. "The higher speeds at COTA should suit the new Cadillac's aerodynamics."
Fittipaldi certainly welcomes the temperature change. "We should have more overall grip, but the conditions will be nicer to drive and not so warm in the office."
The No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R enters the Circuit of the Americas second in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship point standings, with a pair of runner-up finishes in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring.
The Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown gets underway with practice on Thursday, May 4 at 9:45 a.m. CT, with qualifying for prototype competitors at 1:20 p.m. CT on Friday, May 5. The Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown goes green on Saturday, May 6 at 1:35 p.m. CT and will be televised on FS1 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CT.
IMSA Weather Tech Championship: 2nd (89 points)
Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship: 2nd (16 points)
About Mustang Sampling
Mustang Sampling, LLC is the innovator of Analytically Accurate® solutions within sample conditioning systems. We provide custom solutions of products and services globally to the Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industries. Mustang Sampling continues to pioneer integrated control systems, allowing our customers to maintain phase stability from sample extraction at the pipeline through sample analysis. Our products are continuously improved and subjected to the highest quality standards which provides our customers with the best sample conditioning solutions.