Saturday’s GRAND-AM race at Lime Rock Park (Live! FOX Sports 2, 1:30 p.m. ET) will mark the end of an era, as the 14th and final set of champions will be crowned in the series finale of the Rolex Sports Car Series.
After 11 rounds, the fight for the Daytona Prototype championship has effectively come down to three teams, separated by just 11 points.
Following wins in the last two races, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor are in the catbird’s seat with an eight-point lead over the Chip Ganassi Racing pairing of Scott Pruettt and Memo Rojas. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing are a further three points behind in third.
For the WTR duo, the objective is simple: finish in the top-four and they’ll be crowned DP champions. History could very well be on their side, as the team has been undefeated at Lime Rock since the debut of DPs at the 1.5-mile Connecticut bullring in 2010.
“I think we go into Lime Rock with the same mindset, just looking to beat the guys we’re actually racing for the championship and not get caught up in a race that’s going to hurt us in the long run,” Jordan Taylor said. “We’ll be watching our contenders throughout the whole weekend.”
Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi and the No. 2 Starworks Motorsport pairing of Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow still hold a mathematical shot of the title, but their hopes are slim unless the top three contenders hit trouble on Saturday.
Despite being at a deficit in the drivers’ title race, Chip Ganassi Racing currently holds a 11-point lead in the teams’ championship over Wayne Taylor Racing.
The top-three in the GT class is also separated by 11 points, although it’s tighter at the front, as Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally and John Potter hold just a four-point gap over Alessandro Balzan.
The Scuderia Corsa driver benefited from a post-race penalty for two of the contending GT runners at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which moved the No. 63 Ferrari up two positions in the final results, and as a result, gained four additional championship points.
In an effort to bolster its title bid, Scuderia Corsa, as well as Stevenson Motorsports, which sits third in the GT standings, have added second cars for this weekend.
Johannes van Overbeek and Jeff Westphal will drive the No. 64 Ferrari, while GM factory drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, fresh off victory in last weekend’s ALMS race at COTA, will team in Stevenson’s No. 75 Camaro to assist full-season drivers Robin Liddell and John Edwards, who are still in within shouting chance of the championship.
In GX, BGB Motorsports driver Dr. Jim Norman currently holds an 11-point lead over Mazda’s Joel Miller. Norman will only need to complete the minimum drive time of 30 minutes to be crowned the one, and only, champion of the soon-to-be-defunct category.
“Things haven’t been easy, but the BGB Motorsports guys have been digging and digging all season to give us a Porsche Cayman that we have a chance to win the GX championship with against the factory Mazdas,” Norman said. “It’s not locked up yet but we are in a good position for the driver and team championships and we are confident.”
The teams championship in GX is a bit tighter, as BGB sits only six points ahead Visit Florida Racing/SpeedSource.