No. 5 Mustang Sampling® Cadillac DPi-V.R

Mustang Sampling Team Battles Back to Finish on Podium in Austin

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AUSTIN, TX (May 6, 2017) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R team showed speed early in the weekend practice sessions, qualified fourth, and overcame running out of fuel to complete the sweep for Cadillac at Circuit of the Americas.

Christian Fittipaldi started fourth and picked up third during his first stint of the race. The Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R pitted at the 50-minute mark for four tires, fuel and a driver change to Joao Barbosa. The No. 5 Team gained their driver another spot on pit road as they passed for second as the 1-hour mark approached.

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team would run between second and third, but with just about 30-minutes remaining, Barbosa ran out of fuel on pit lane. His teammates' crew helped to push the car to the pit box for a splash of gas. Joao would battle back from sixth position, and with 13-minutes remaining, he was able to get past the No. 2 to complete the podium sweep for Cadillac.

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

"We've definitely made improvements from practice to the race," said Barbosa. "We stretched our fuel strategy toward the end, and barely made it to pit lane, but I have to thank my teammates for pushing us into our pit box. This shows we have a great team and why we won the last three championships."

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

"I just paced myself at the beginning of the race," Fittipaldi said. "These cars are pretty sensitive when they are running close behind a fast car, so you need to understand the situation and run clean laps. We came from sixth, so I'm glad to finish third today. It's time to turn the page and move onto Detroit, where historically we've always run pretty strong. We're definitely looking forward to the next race."

The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship will travel to Detroit for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic to run June 2-3.
Points Standings:
IMSA Weather Tech Championship: 2nd (119 points)

Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship: 2nd (25 points)

Mustang Sampling Team looking forward to the Showdown at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX

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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.

Points Standings:
IMSA Weather Tech Championship: 2nd (89 points)
Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship: 2nd (16 points)

 

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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)

 

Mustang Sampling Team Completes Strong Weekend with 2nd Place Finish

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SEBRING, FL (March 19, 2017) As the checkered flag waved over the start/finish line for the 65th running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R team is proud of the result, but wanted one position better. The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R was fast during several practice sessions leading into qualifying, where they qualified 2nd and led much of the race through the daylight until darkness began to fall.

 

Christian Fittipaldi took the green flag at 10:40 a.m. ET on Saturday in No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype from second place for the 12-hour classic.

Christian would remain in the top three during his opening two-hour stint before giving way to Filipe Albuquerque.

 

After getting out of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R following first stint, Fittipaldi was pleased with the early performance of the team. "It is still very early in the race," Fittipaldi said. "No one is really risking too much and we are taking care of each other. So far, mechanically the Cadillac has been flawless. I am really happy with the cars performance and the pit stops. We've made three of them and improved the car each time."

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R would take the lead shortly after Filipe's stint began by overtaking teammate, Eric Curran. Filipe continued to set the pace as the four-hour mark approached to award Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup points, earning the maximum five points for leading the first segment of the race.

 

For the next eight hours, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R swapped the lead with the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R as the teams cycled through pit stops and driver changes.
At the 10:55 mark, a full-course yellow would allow the Mustang Sampling Team to close back in on the leader setting up a final one hour sprint to the finish.

Though multiple pit-stops and strategy plays remained, the No. 5  Mustang Sampling Cadillac team of Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque finished second at Sebring Int'l Raceway. "I am really proud of the Mustang Sampling Cadillac team," Barbosa said. "It is a great sweep of the podium for Cadillac. We missed just a little bit when the conditions changed from daytime to night, but second is a great result. I am very proud of our whole team."

 

Filipe Albuquerque, who spent much of his stints either leading or running 2nd, gave thoughts on his evening. "We ran a good race and made no real mistakes," Albuquerque said. "We led a lot of the race, but when the track got cooler, the No. 10 Cadillac just came alive. They had just a little bit more today, but we will work to close the gap at Long Beach."

 

Next up the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads west to the streets of Long Beach for the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach April 7-8.

 

Points Standings:
IMSA Weather Tech Championship: 2nd (33 points)
Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship: 2nd (16 points)

Mustang Sampling Looks To Repeat 2015 Magic at Sebring

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SEBRING, FL (March 14, 2017) In 2015, Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype from Action Express Racing ended a 50-year drought for the automotive giant by turning in a near perfect performance and winning the 63rd edition of the Twelve Hours of Sebring by an entire lap. Ahead of the 2017 event, the team is looking to repeat their historic performance.

Last year, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team combined with team car, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette DP, to lead more than half of the total laps and carried the banner for GM in the prototype class. However, after two late restarts, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling team just missed out on the checkered flag and ultimately settled for a podium finish in the 64th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

For the 2017 season, after a switch from Corvette to the new Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype, the teams are focused on learning the new vehicle and finding their competitive edge following the season start at Daytona.

"We ran a solid two-days of testing in Sebring," said 2015 winner Christian Fittipaldi. "We're happy, but continue to develop our No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R for an even better chance to challenge for the win."

When the race starts at Sebring, there's no doubt the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team will be looking for the win. If the team's crowded trophy shelf, historic performance in 2015 and dedication to mastering the new Prototype package is any indication, fans have a good chance at seeing the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team on the podium in the winner's circle.

The 65th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring gets underway on Saturday, March 18 at 10:40 a.m. ET and will be shown on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO app and IMSA.com.

Veteran Drivers Eye Return to DAYTONA Victory Lane

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DENVER, N.C. (January 24, 2017) - As an afternoon sky starts the quest for another chance at racing immortality, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by João Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, and Filipe Albuquerque are looking to once again stand atop the podium in Daytona.

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team is poised to start the season as defending Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Champions at the Daytona International Speedway when the green flag drops at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

For João, there is no added pressure as defending champions, but to start the year off on a positive note.

"I don't feel any added pressure as defending TPNAEC champions, but I think we all feel some extra pressure to have a good race. We are racing a brand new car and we have a team that can win but what makes this race difficult are the things out of our control."

Barbosa continued, "The guys at the shop are doing a tremendous job preparing the Cadillac DPi-V.R for this race. Once the race starts, we can get back to what we do best and that's racing. I think we have a good shot at the win."

Fittipaldi and Albuquerque are focused mentally and physically, however, you can't ignore the rigors that come with driving for 24 hours.

"I have confidence in the car, the team and my co-drivers heading into the weekend," Fittipaldi said. "For me, during the race it will be tough, we will each do as many as four stints. I try to sleep as much as possible and stay hydrated. It is a long race, especially with just three drivers. You just have to be sure you are rested and mentally ready to go for your next turn at the wheel."

Filipe Albuquerque tunes his mental game to prepare for the 24-hour endurance grind. "Personally, I do more endurance training than explosion. I run between 45 mins and 1 hour to simulate a stint time," stated Filipe. "I like running because it's mental and without music so its only me and my thoughts."

When time allows, Filipe also gets virtual. "I get on my home simulator and drive the track where I am going to race next. It's good to get the ritual of a lap."

 

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 55th

Rolex 24 At Daytona Broadcast schedule

(All Times Eastern):
IMSA.com - LIVE - Thursday, Jan. 26, 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm EST (*Outside U.S Only)

FOX - LIVE - Saturday, Jan. 28,  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST (Race starts at 2:30 p.m.)

FS2 -  LIVE - Saturday, Jan. 28,  5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

FS2 -  LIVE - Saturday, Jan. 28,  11:00 pm to 11:55 pm

FS2 -  LIVE - Sunday, Jan. 29,    12:00 am to 1:00 pm

FS1 -  LIVE - Sunday, Jan. 29,    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 

See full race schedule HERE

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