Chevy Squads Rule Grand Am Detroit Debut
DETROIT – Chevrolet swept both classes in the Grand Am Rolex Series Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Am 200 Saturday at Belle Isle Park.
Darren Law and Joao Barbosa drove the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory in the DP class, with Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards winning the GT category in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R.
Law and Barbosa started fourth and finished .440 second ahead of their Action Express Racing teammates Terry Borcheller and David Donohue for their first victory of the season, and the fourth in five races this year for the Corvette DP.
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas completed the podium.
“Winning at Detroit with the Corvette — it can’t be better than this,” Barbosa said. “Being part of the Action Express crew, I have no words.”
The No. 9 Action Express Corvette DP led a race-high 21 of the 72 laps of the two-hour race.
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney started on the pole and led the first 19 laps, but a wreck while leaving pit road on lap 36 caused damage and left the No. 10 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP with a 10th-place-in-class finish.
In GT, Taylor and Edwards started fourth in class en route to their first win of 2012.
“How cool is it do be driving that Chevrolet Camaro right in Detroit in the hometown of Chevrolet and General Motors?” Edwards said. “You can actual see the world headquarters right from the race track. It’s an awesome win.”
The No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R led a class-best 35 laps.
Taylor, who left to compete at Le Mans right after the race, said this was a great way to start a very busy month.
“The month of June will be packed for me, but it’s great to start off with a win for Camaro and Autohaus Motorsports,” Taylor said. “The guys have been doing a great job all year. It’s just been little things that have been biting us and this is great to finally get that win.”
Jonathan Bomarito and Sylvain Tremblay finished second in the No. 70 Mazda RX-8, followed by Robin Liddell and John Edwards in the No. 57 Chevrolet Camaro GT.R.