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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)

 

Circuit of the Americas 2016

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We're excited to join the Action Express Mustang Sampling No. 5 Corvette this weekend at the Lone Star Le Mans - Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX as we are closing in on the end of another amazing season.

This weekend the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for Saturday's (Sept. 17) Lone Star Le Mans.  The race will feature the four IMSA WeatherTech classes competing together on the challenging 3.41-mile, 20 turn permanent road course in Austin.  The two hour and forty minute race will begin at 1:35 p.m. (ET) and be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.  Practice, qualifying and the race will be broadcast on IMSA Radio (IMSA.com and IMSA Mobile App).

Follow @mustangsampling and on Facebook and Twitter this weekend for updates!

Celebrating the 4th with Action Express

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As our Nation celebrates its path to Independence this weekend, we join in remembering the hard working teams behind our company and the Action Express' Mustang Sampling No. 5 Corvette in Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY.

You won't want to miss us on social media this weekend - be sure to tune in!

Schedule of Events & How to Watch:

July 1

Practice 1 - WeatherTech Championship
11:25 AM - 12:25 PM EST
Practice 2 - WeatherTech Championship
03:20 PM - 04:20 PM EST

July 2

Practice 3 - WeatherTech Championship
10:15 AM - 11:15 PM EST
Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship
4:55 AM - 05:10 PM EST
July 3
RACE
10:10 AM - 04:10 PM EST
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/event-weekends/2016/emedit_event_weekend/em_sahlen039s_six_hours_of_the_glen/2016_watkinsglen_fanfriendlyschedule.pdf

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
RACE
07:05 PM - 8:45 PM EST
WATCH
4/15
Qualifying - IMSA.COM - 08:00 PM
4/16
FoxSports 2 - 07:00 pm
FoxSports 1 - 11:00 pm
4/17
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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