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Prototype Challenge Added To 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

As Part Of 2015 TUDOR Championship Event Content Adjustment

Virginia International Raceway Maintains Spotlight On GT Le Mans, GT Daytona

                                 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 31, 2014) – The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) class will compete for the first time on Detroit’s Raceway at Belle Isle in a 2015 schedule adjustment announced today by International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials.

 

PC will race alongside the Prototype (P) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes in the 100-minute Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers on Saturday, May 30 instead of an originally scheduled race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in August. The Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR will feature the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes in a two-hour and 45-minute race on Sunday, Aug. 23.

 

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is such a great showcase for our sport; it will be  a nice addition to introduce Chevrolet-powered Prototype Challenge cars to the field,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “As we saw last year at VIR, a ‘GT-only’ race featuring the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes was well received by GT competitors and the VIR fans.”

 

Top PC teams expected to compete in the 2015 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic class include 2014 champions CORE autosport, as well as RSR Racing, which is based just a few miles up the road from Detroit in Lansing, Mich.

 

“This is a fantastic change for the Prototype Challenge class and absolutely confirms IMSA’s commitment to the category,” said RSR owner Paul Gentilozzi, who drove to three Trans-Am victories at Belle Isle. “As a Michigan-based team, this is great news for RSR. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

 

“We are thrilled to be participating in the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix,” added CORE autosport owner/driver Jon Bennett. “As proven in the race last year, it is a challenging circuit that produces some great racing for the fans.”

 

The 2014 GTLM/GTD race at VIR, meanwhile, produced one of the most exciting finishes of the season for the TUDOR Championship.

 

Formula 1 veteran Giancarlo Fisichella passed Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler on the final lap to win in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia alongside co-driver Pierre Kaffer. Eventual GTD champion Dane Cameron held on for a narrow victory in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 over Alessandro Balzan in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458.

 

“Personally, I think so far, it is the best circuit I like here in America,” said Fisichella after he won the pole for last year’s race at VIR. “I mean, all the other circuits are really, really nice, very fantastic circuits, but here, it’s got something special. I have to say, this is my favorite one here in America. The shape of the circuit is so good.”

 

VIR, a 3.27-mile circuit, underwent a number of substantial upgrades prior to the 2014 TUDOR Championship event. It has become a favorite stop for many. In addition to the headlining GTLM/GTD race in 2015, the Oak Tree Grand Prix weekend will include a doubleheader for Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, and a two-and-a-half hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event as part of a jam-packed weekend.

 

The next official on-track activity for the TUDOR Championship is the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test, scheduled for Jan. 9-11, 2015. The 2015 season opens with the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25.

 

Steeda Takes 1st Place at Local SCCA Event

The SCCA race action at the Homestead-Miami Speedway this past weekend was hot, with blistering near 100 degree conditions on the track and over 120 degree conditions in the race car, and the race results were even hotter when the #20 Steeda prepared Mustang not only captured both pole positions but also finished in first place beating all other cars including various built Porsche, BMW, Corvette race cars.
 

  

Davison, Wilson Combine To Give TRG-AMR First GS Victory In Continental Tire Challenge At Kansas Speedway

Valiante, Gilsinger Take ST Victory For Honda Over Nonnamaker Porsche

 

   KANSAS CITY, KANSAS (June 7, 2014) – Fresh from his rookie run in the Indianapolis 500, James Davison prevailed in a terrific battle with Matt Plumb throughout the final hour to win Saturday night’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Kansas Speedway.

Davison and Kris Wilson teamed in the No. 07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage giving Davison, the team and Aston Martin their first victory in the series. It was the second victory for Wilson, who narrowed the gap in the Grand Sport (GS) point standings in the process.

Wilson started from the pole and led the opening 70 minutes of the two-hour, 30-minute race up until his pit stop. That gave the lead to Matt Plumb, who took over for starting driver Nick Longhi early in the race in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911.

Davison made his charge throughout the final 30 minutes, getting around Plumb in traffic with 24 minutes remaining. Plumb recovered and regained the lead, only to see Davison get back in front to stay with 13 minutes left. Racing without radio communications, Plumb stumbled on fuel with two laps remaining, forcing a late pit stop that resulted in a fourth-place finish.

“It was certainly a competitive race, and I was trying as hard as I could,” Davison said. “I did throw away the (Mazda Raceway) Laguna (Seca) race, so I’m pleased for the whole TRG-AMR team. Kris did a great job putting the car on pole and he gave me the car in a competitive position. That made it easier for me than any other race I’ve had before, not having to come from behind.”

Andrew Aquilante finished second in the No. 32 Phoenix American Ford Mustang Boss 302R started by Kurt Rezzetano, 20.934 seconds back, followed by Brett Sandberg and Al Carter in the No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche 911.

John Edwards and Trent Hindman entered the race with a commanding 25-point lead (127-102) in the GS standings, but the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 drivers never were in contention and finished 16th, four laps down.

“We had a loss of power, and it started on the pace lap,” Edwards said. “That’s why I got swarmed on the opening lap. The power came back, but it went away again. All we could do was stay out and get as many points as we could.”

Valiante, Gilsinger Win ST In HART Honda Civic Si

Last year, Michael Valiante beat the Street Tuner (ST) field to the checkered flag in the inaugural Continental Tire Challenge race at Kansas Speedway – only to be penalized after the race for “manipulating the field” on the final restart which resulted in an 11th-place finish.

Saturday, Valiante came out ahead in a battle with Wayne Nonnamaker, joining Gilsinger for the first victory of the season in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si.

Valiante took the lead with 45 minutes remaining from Charles Espenlaub, who took over the No. 87 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman started from the ST pole by Corey Lewis. Wayne Nonnamaker – who took over for his brother Will Nonnamaker in the No. 42 Team Sahlen’s Porsche Cayman – made repeated attempts to take the lead over in the final 30 minutes, but came up 0.794 seconds short.

“This was one of the toughest wins I’ve had, with that much pressure and knowing that second and third were coming,” Valiante said. “I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes, particularly when they are on your bumper. I kept telling myself, ‘hit your marks, hit your marks’ and get good exit shots, and I was able to pull it off.”

Lewis and Espenlaub finished third to give Rebel Rock Racing its second podium finish of the night, followed by Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple in the No. 75 Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Si, and Jim Jonsin and Tom Dyer in the No. 88 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman.

The next race for the Continental Tire Challenge will be at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, June 28.


 
 

 

 

Continental Tire Challenge Headlines Memorial Day Weekend

 

  The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will headline Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock Park, continuing a tradition of holiday competition that dates back to 1967 on the 1.5-mile circuit in Lakeville, Conn. The series will run a pair of two-hour, 30-minute races on Saturday for the Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) classes.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that the series will race at Lime Rock. The track  hosted the series’ season finale the past two years. The Continental Tire Challenge raced during the Memorial Day Classic from 2006 through 2011.

The ST race begins at 9:10 a.m. ET, followed by the GS race at 2:15 p.m. Practice and qualifying sessions for both classes will be held on Friday.

Turner Motorsport is a four-time GS winner at Lime Rock, winning in 2006-2007, and 2009-2010. The team’s current team driver Bill Auberlen won in 2006-07.

In ST, Georgian Bay and Freedom Autosport are two-time winners. Georgian Bay is the current CKS Autosport, with Eric Curran of nearby Holyoke, Mass., winning both races alongside Jamie Holtom in 2006 and 2008. Curran won the final GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT-class event at Lime Rock park in 2013 with co-driver Lawson Aschenbach. Aschenbach — who filled in for Boris Said in that event — joins Curran again this weekend in the No. 01 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R.

The weekend returns IMSA as the Memorial Day Weekend headliner. The IMSA GT Series was a holiday tradition at the scenic circuit in the Berkshire Hills from 1973 through 1998, led by stars including five-time winner Peter Gregg and four-time winner Al Holbert.

 
 
 
 

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