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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)

 

Veteran Drivers Complete Strong Weekend with 2nd Place Finish

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 29, 2017) As the checkered flag waved over the start/finish line for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R team is proud of the result, but asking what might have been. The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R was fastest in several practice sessions leading into qualifying, where they captured the pole, and led much of the race especially coming down to the wire.

 

Joao Barbosa took the green flag at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype from pole position with teammate Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac closely behind for the 24-hour marathon. Joao would lead the first 31 minutes into the race until he was passed by his teammate Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac shortly before the first pit-stop.

 

After getting out of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R following a double stint, Barbosa was pleased with the early performance of the team. "I was able to get a good feel for the car in my first stint," Barbosa said. "The Cadillac is running really strong and we are playing out our strategy. The pace is very fast. I settled into a cautious rhythm and being careful with traffic. In the No.5 car, we are following our plan. We are not pushing the pace, but our Cadillacs are fast. Every lap we do in the race we are learning a little bit more about the car. It is really easy to fall into the temptation of pushing the car that little more. We are just settling into a rhythm."

 

The No. 10 Cadillac would lead as the six-hour mark approached, but an intensifying rain brought him to pit lane for rain tires, forcing him to surrender the lead to endurance driver Filipe Albuquerque, who had taken on rain tires during an earlier full-course caution thus earning the maximum five points for leading the first segment of the season. The forward-thinking strategy proves why the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R team is the three-time and defending Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup championship-winning team.

 

Filipe Albuquerque set the fastest lap of the race (1:36.269 seconds), before losing a lap around midnight with a punctured tire that damaged the wing. All through the night, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling team stuck with its plan of not taking risks, but needing to regain the lost lap required tremendous patience and control from all team members. The drivers knew they could drive harder and recover the lost lap with a fast the Mustang Sampling Cadillac, but pushing that threshold could end the night early.

 

As the race unfolded, the driving conditions became treacherous as a steady down pour of rain overnight and cold temperatures made it difficult to keep heat in the tires. Christian Fittipaldi explained, "The night was pretty crazy," Fittipaldi said. "I ran a long time under yellow. It just started pouring hard. It was very hard to keep heat in the tires. I was able to keep it on the black stuff. We still have a long way to go. We are marching along to our plan. The No. 10 Cadillac is very strong. It was fast in the dry and they are doing a good job in the changing and wet conditions as well. We are giving it our all. I think we have something for them. Even the No. 90 car was good in the wet conditions."

 

The rain was so intense around 4:00 a.m. the Mustang Sampling team felt lucky just to be making laps. Shortly before daybreak, Iain Watt (No. 5 race team engineer) used a brilliant strategy that not only got our lap back but the No. 5 was leading into sunrise. The team continued to let competitiors lead while managing their Cadillac's speed enough to stay in the top three.

 

With three hours to go, the Mustang Sampling Team set its' sites on the finish. The No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R was able to take the lead and pull away from 2nd place by 19 seconds with about 20 minutes remaining. With no more pits stops planned, the final caution of the race occurred which erased the big lead and put the No. 10 car tucked-in behind the No. 5. Inside of 10-minutes remaining, Ricky Taylor drove his Cadillac DPi-V.R to the apex of Turn 1 to make a pass on Albuquerque in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac. Taylor and Albuquerque touched, Albuquerque spun and Taylor went on to win the 55th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona.

 

At the finish, the No. 5  Mustang Sampling Cadillac team of Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque finished second at the Daytona Int'l Speedway. Filipe was not happy with the way things ended. "The last hour, when we put new tires back on for the last stint, our Cadillac ran really well," Filipe said. "Unfortunately, the officials don't agree that is move was unfair and they are the most important guys. It is, what it is. Thank you to the No. 5 Mustang Sampling team, we were always up front and our Cadillac DPi-V.R was amazing."

 

Gary Nelson, team manager, recapped his thoughts on the race. "We just kept coming back all night, working to get our lap back," Nelson said. "Once we did, Iain made a series of calls that got our car out of the pits first, and we were the leader after the last couple of pit stops looking at the checkered flag. The contact that occurred with just a few laps remaining was unfortunate, but I am most proud of how our team performed from the day we received our first Cadillac DPi-V.R in October all the way through the post-race ceremony."

 

Next up for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, held at the historic road course in Central Florida March 15-18.

#5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R Secures Pole for Rolex 24 At Daytona During Qualifying

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2017

#5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R Secures Pole for Rolex 24 At Daytona During Qualifying

Joao Barbosa puts the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype on pole position for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 55th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona with a lap of 1:36.903.

Ravenswood, WV – January 26, 2017 – Mustang Sampling, LLC the innovator of Analytically Accurate® solutions within sample conditioning systems announces the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R secures pole position for Rolex 24 At Daytona during qualifying.

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Cadillac DPi-V.R, driven by Joao Barbosa, put in a lap of 1:36.903 for the pole position to start the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona. Joao turned his fastest lap on the sixth and final circuit of the 3.56-mile road course. The pole is the first for Cadillac in prototype sports car racing and for the new-era of prototypes in IMSA competition. Barbosa will share the Mustang Sampling driving responsibilities with teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque.

"I felt really good in the car, and it took a little bit for the tire pressure to come up," Barbosa stated. "After the first session, the car really worked well and I was able to push harder. To start up front, it shows we have a fast car and we were able to put it on the pole. Hopefully, it means we have a good car for the race."

Kenneth Thompson, President of Mustang Sampling commented, “We are very proud of the entire team. Everyone from our crew chief to the engineers and mechanics have put their hearts and souls into getting us ready for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Today’s pole position at qualifying is a great example of teamwork and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Mustang Sampling has been the primary sponsor for the #5 car since 2015. For the first 3 years of the IMSA Weathertech series, no other car has displayed astonishing reliability race-in and race-out like the #5 Mustang Sampling Team. In three years of IMSA Weathertech competition, the number 5 car has completed 99.8% of all laps resulting in 3 consecutive Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Championships. As the proud sponsor of the #5 car, Mustang Sampling has the same reputation for that kind of quality and reliability. Mustang Sampling has been building its products for nearly two decades. Products installed at the turn of the century are still there, running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no problems. Our customers demand this kind of reliability, and Mustang Sampling delivers it.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona broadcast schedule (All Times Eastern):

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

FS2 - LIVE - Saturday, Jan. 28 - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FS2 - LIVE - Saturday, Jan. 28 - 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

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

FOX Sports GO - LIVE - 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

IMSA.com - LIVE - Saturday, Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m. - Sunday, Jan. 29, 2:30 p.m. (Outside United States only)

 

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.

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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

No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R

No. 5 Mustang Sampling® Cadillac DPi-V.R Races at Daytona this Weekend

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The 2017 Rolex 24 events will begin January 24th for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling® Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Race Duration: 24 hours
Circuit Length: 3.56 miles
The race will begin Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 pm EST and run through Sunday, January 11 ending at 2:00 pm.  Events will be broadcast on Fox, FS2, FS1, and IMSA.TV.

Roar Before the 24 2017 Weekend Starts Today

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IMSA's final pre-season test, the Roar Before the 24, is being held this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R drivers are looking forward to the added track time before the running of the 55th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 28-29.

Three-time consecutive IMSA Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Champions João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi will co-drive the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. Christian joins João as a newly elected member of the Road Racing Driver's Club for 2016.   Filipe Albuquerque will also return as the 2017 TPNAEC driver after competing with the No.5 Mustang Sampling Team during the 2016 season.

This year marks Cadillac's first prototype race car since 2002. All Action Express Racing drivers were able to get acclimated with their new Cadillac race car as part of an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2-day test at Daytona International Speedway last December.

The two-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype Champion, João Barbosa is ready to see where his No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac compares to the competition.

"We have been looking forward to 2017 for a long time. All of our off-season testing has shown Cadillac has built a great car for us. Now we finally get a chance to get on the track with all of the other cars. Action Express Racing is a team that is always working hard to compete for wins and championships. We are very excited about our chances!"

 

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Team will hit the track on Friday, January 6 at 10:20 AM.

Action Express Announces Plans for 2017 IMSA Competition

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Action Express Racing announced yesterday "that the team will field a pair of Cadillac DPi-V.R. race cars in the Prototype class of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting with the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, Jan. 28-29, 2017."

Mustang Sampling is excited to be a part of the class changes, sponsoring one of the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) Cadillacs with championship-winning 2016 driver lineup - featuring Joao Barbosa, Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Christian Fittipaldi - Barbosa and Fittipaldi behind the wheel of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R.

To read more about the announcement, keep up to date with us through Facebook and Twitter and follow the Action Express Racing news page, here.

Action Express Racing adds Albuquerque to Mustang Sampling Lineup

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DENVER, NC. (21 September 2016) - The two-time defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series champions from Action Express Racing will add Felipe Albuquerque to its driver lineup for the season finale, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Oct. 1.

Felipe Albuquerque will be joining drivers João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP for the 10-hour endurance test at the challenging 12-turn, 2.54-mile permanent road course located about 35 miles north of Atlanta.

Heading into the final race of the 2016 season, Fittipaldi and Barbosa trail their teammates, Dane Cameron and Eric Curran in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP, by a single point in the championship standings.

Albuquerque has participated in a pair of events with the Action Express team in 2016.  He joined Barbosa and Fittipaldi in the No. 5 entry at the first two races of the season - the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  In both races, the team finished fourth.  The native of Portugal has also made three straight starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2014 to 2016).

Albuquerque finished second in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) event in Austin Saturday night following the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.  This year, he has picked up a pair of wins in the LMP2 class of the WEC (Six Hours of Silverstone and Six Hours of Mexico), as well as another second-place finish (Six Hours of Nürburgring).  He currently sits in second-place in the WEC LMP2 championship standings.

"We're looking forward to having Felipe back with our team for Petit Le Mans," said Gary Nelson, team manager for Action Express Racing.  "We worked with him at the start of the season in Daytona, and he has joined our program at a couple other endurance races this season.  Felipe did a really good job behind the wheel at Daytona and Sebring, and he fits in smoothly with our drivers and team."

Action Express Racing has recorded 16 wins in sports car competition since the team was formed in 2010.  The team has captured back-to-back IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championships (2014 and 2015), as well as consecutive Patron North America Endurance Cup championships (2014 and 2015).

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The season-finale for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Oct. 1.

 

CONTACTS:

Action Express Racing Marketing

2554 Lewisville Clemmons Road, Suite 304, MB 24

Clemmons, N.C. 27012

 

Roger Bear, Hi-Rev Racing, 336-829-0001, Roger.Bear@icloud.com

Mikhala Sheets, Action Express Racing, 919-418-4603, msheets@hi-revracing.com

Ready for More No. 5 at Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix

"Last Sunday (July 3), the Action Express Racing team recorded a one-two finish in the six hour endurance race at Watkins Glen International.  The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi crossed the finish line first followed by teammates Dane Cameron and Eric Curran in the No. 31 Whelen/Team Fox Corvette DP."  Read more from Action Express here and get ready for more action-packed racing this weekend at the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix

Schedule of Events & How to Watch:

July 8

Practice 1 - WeatherTech Championship
10:35 AM to 11:35 AM EST
Practice 2 - WeatherTech Championship
2:55 PM to 3:55 PM EST

July 9

Practice 3 - WeatherTech Championship
10:10 AM to 11:10 AM EST
Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship
4:55 PM to 5:10 PM EST
July 10
RACE
11:05 AM to 1:45 PM EST
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