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Mustang Sampling Team Fast Again In Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, CA (April 8, 2017) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R team showed throughout the weekend, it was primed to perform on the demanding streets of Long Beach and vie for the team's first checkered flag of the season.

Christian Fittipaldi started second and remained in third throughout the early stages of the race. The Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R completed fast laps and seemingly playing the right strategy when Christian was hit by a slower GTD car shortly before the halfway point of the 100-minute affair. The severe damage to the rear of the Mustang Sampling Cadillac required multiple pit stops for tires, fuel, and a driver change to Joao. However, the team never wavered and salvaged a seventh place finish along with key points toward the championship battle.

Joao Barbosa, No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R:

"Unfortunately, it wasn't our day today," Barbosa said. "We have a great team and we'll keep moving forward.

We were able to stay out of trouble the remainder of the day, and get as many points as possible before we head to the next race."

Christian Fittipaldi, No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R:

"Not our day," Fittipaldi said. "I passed a slower GTD car on the back straight then as I was entering the next turn, I felt a hit from behind. Unfortunate for our Mustang Sampling Team, but the guys fixed the car where we could finish the race. Now, we turn the page and move on to Austin and the Circuit of the Americas."


The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas for the Advanced Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown May 4-6.
Points Standings:
IMSA Weather Tech Championship: 2nd (89 points)

Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship: 2nd (16 points)


Racing the Narrow Streets of Long Beach

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The No. 5 will visit beautiful Long Beach, CA this weekend at the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix.

Action Express shares, "The Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype fielded by Action Express Racing is primed to perform on the demanding streets of Long Beach, fresh off a podium finish in the Twelve Hours of Sebring."  Read their full brief here.


Schedule of Events & How to Watch:

April 15

Practice 1 - WeatherTech Championship
10:40 AM - 12:40 AM EST
Practice 2 - WeatherTech Championship
08:00 PM - 08:25 PM EST
Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship
08:35 PM - 9:30 PM EST
April 16
07:05 PM - 8:45 PM EST
Qualifying - IMSA.COM - 08:00 PM
FoxSports 2 - 07:00 pm
FoxSports 1 - 11:00 pm
FoxSports 1 - 12:30 pm
Follow @mustangsampling on twitter and visit our Facebook Page over the weekend for race updates.
For full details of this week's schedule, visit: http://www.imsa.com/sites/default/files/uploads/2016%20IMSA%20Official%20Schedule%20and%20SR%20Long%20Beach%20040616.pdf
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