The inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has been one of growth for both IMSA and its competitors, perhaps highlighted best by the saga of the DeltaWing DWC13.
The DeltaWing was initially developed by Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) to be the possible future chassis of the IndyCar Series. The car was based off of a simple, yet radical formula: a significant reduction in horsepower and aero drag with a drastic increase in efficiency to create an alternative yet competitive racecar.
Eventually the DeltaWing transitioned from concept to reality as it began to enter events in sports car endurance racing with the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The car pleased those who drove it, surprised competitors and sparked conversation everywhere it went.Read More at IMSA.com
Turning his fastest lap in the final 15 minutes, Gustavo Yacaman led Thursday evening’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship night practice for Saturday’s 17th Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.
Yacaman ran a lap of 1:14.923 (122.045 mph) in the No. 42 OAK Racing Ligier J2 P2/Honda co-driven by Alex Brundle and Ho-Pin Tung. The 10-hour distance classic at Road Atlanta will be the second race for the Ligier chassis in the U.S., coming off a TOTAL Pole Award by Brundle and a second-place finish in the recent race at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.Read More at IMSA.com
The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will conclude at Road Atlanta on Saturday with the 17th annual of Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.
Titles in both the TUDOR Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup will be on the line in the race, which takes the green flag at 11:15 a.m. ET Petit Le Mans will run the full 10-hour distance. In the past, the event was scheduled for 1,000 miles or 10 hours.
The finale will crown champions in the Prototype (P), GT Le Mans (GTLM), Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. While only the PC driver title has been decided in favor of Colin Braun and Jon Bennett, PC team honors will go down to the line in the finale, in addition to driver, team and manufacturer honors in all other classes.
Petit Le Mans also will conclude the Patrón Endurance Cup, a four-race competition featuring the four longest races on the TUDOR Championship schedule. The Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida and Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen join Petit Le Mans in the competition, which awards points for each class at strategic points in each event.Read More at IMSA.com
Daytona Prototypes, Le Mans Prototypes (LMP2) and the revolutionary DeltaWing make up the premier category of TUDOR Championship competition. As the fastest and most technologically-advanced cars on the racetrack, watch closely for the heated battles between Mazda, Chevrolet, Ford and more.