The closest championship battle in the 11-year history of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series visits Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., for Sunday’s Continental Tire Festival of Speed powered by Mazda. With two races remaining, the top 10 competitors for the Daytona Prototype championship are separated by only five points.Alex Gurney, Alex Popow, Christian Fittipaldi, DP, GRAND-AM, Joao Barbosa, Jon Fogarty, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli, Memo Rojas, Ryan Dalziel, Scott Pruett, Sports Cars
With the much-talked about DP/P2 Balance of Performance yet to be finalized, Enzo Potolicchio is preparing to hedge his bets in 8Star Motorsports’ Prototype class title bid for next year’s United SportsCar Racing series.
SPEED.com has learned the Florida-based squad is finalizing plans to field a P2 car alongside its Corvette DPs next year, which would see its lead driver pairing swap between cars on a race-by-race basis, depending on the best-suited package for each specific track.8Star Motorsports, DP, Enzo Potolicchio, P2, Sports Cars, USCR, WEC
A notable step towards the finalization of the United SportsCar Racing technical regulations was made this week, as series officials completed its first wind tunnel test for a P2 car.
Fresh off a podium finish in last weekend’s American Le Mans Series race at Road America, the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b was taken to Windshear in Concord, N.C. for the a test at the state-of-the-art, rolling-road wind tunnel.
The purpose of the test, according to Scot Elkins, vice president, competition and technical regulations for USCR, was to evaluate multiple aerodynamic configurations as the series continues its balance of performance process between P2 cars, Daytona Prototypes and the DeltaWing, which will compete together in the top Prototype class in 2014.DP, Extreme Speed Motorsports, P2, Sports Cars, USCR
With less than six months to go until the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, and just 10 weeks before the final champions are crowned in GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series, some key details surrounding next year’s United SportsCar Racing series have yet to be finalized.
Many prototype team owners in the paddock last weekend at Road America, site of the historic first, and only, combined event between both series, have voiced concerns over the timeframe for the release of the DP and P2 technical regulations and the general lack of details surrounding likely changes to their equipment for next year.
“We have no idea. Nobody has any answers; nobody is asking [us] anything. So I don’t know how we will be going testing at all, at this point. We don’t know anything,” longtime Daytona Prototype team owner Wayne Taylor told SPEED.com.American Le Mans Series, DP, GRAND-AM, P2, Sports Cars, USCR
The most successful team in Daytona Prototype history could be making a radical switch to P2-spec machinery for next year’s United SportsCar Racing championship.
SPEED.com has learned that Chip Ganassi Racing is undecided on its 2014 sports car program, with the six-time and defending DP class champions considering either to continue with its proven Riley-BMW package or make the move to a Le Mans Prototype.
A decision has yet to be made, according to team manager Tim Keene, who is waiting on the technical regulations for the new combined Prototype category, comprised of DPs, P2s and the DeltaWing, to be finalized.
“We don’t really know what to look at,” Keene told SPEED.com. “We’d like to have an on-track test to see where we’d actually stand before we can make any kind of decisions. We don’t want to base a decision on what we think is going to be right because we don’t really know what the regulations will be.”Chip Ganassi Racing, DP, P2, Sports Cars, USCR