Lime Rock Park To Decide Championships In 2013 Finale

Lime Rock Park To Decide Championships In 2013 Finale

25.09.2013: Lally, Potter Hold Slim Lead Over Balzan In GT Class Grand Am Race 12 Lime Rock Park

Lally, Potter Hold Slim Lead Over Balzan In GT Class

Grand Am  Race 12 Lime Rock Park

Only one race remains on the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule. The pairings of Jordan Taylor/Max Angelelli and Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas will lead the pack battling it out for the 2013 Daytona Prototype (DP) drivers’ title in Saturday’s season-ending Championship Weekend Presented by BMW race at Lime Rock Park.

Taylor and Angelelli won the two most recent races in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP to enter the finale with an eight-point lead (304-296) over Pruett and Rojas, in the No. 01 TELMEX/Telcel BMW/Riley fielded by Chip Ganassi Rac-ing with Felix Sabates.

Taylor and Angelelli can clinch the title with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race, that starts at 1:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 2 live; FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Sept. 29, noon ET).

History is on the side of Taylor and Angelelli at Lime Rock. Wayne Taylor Racing has been undefeated since DPs began racing at the circuit in 2010, with Angelelli joined by Ricky Taylor in all three victories. Meanwhile, Pruett and Rojas struggled each time at the tight 1.53-mile layout, with their best finish seventh in both 2011 and 2012 after a last-place finish following a first-lap crash in 2010.

Should the leaders stumble, six other drivers are also in the hunt for the drivers’ championship.

Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, have 293 points, followed by Christian Fittipaldi (291) and Joao Barbosa (289) in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, and Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Popow Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley.

Another title on the line at Lime Rock is the DP team championship. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates currently leads the DP team standings by 11 points over Wayne Taylor Racing (315-304).

The titlists will be honored at the Rolex Champions Awards on Monday at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Andy Lally and John Potter and the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 team, hold a narrow four-point lead over Alessandro Balzan (313-309) and Scuderia Corsa entering the Lime Rock finale in the GT class. Lally and Potter scored their first victory of the sea-son in the most recent event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, while Balzan won two rac-es ago at Kansas Speedway in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia.

John Edwards and Robin Liddell have a class-high four victories in the No. 57 Ste-venson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro, and enter the finale 11 points behind with 302 points.

Scuderia Corsa and Stevenson Motorsports both entered a second car for the finale. Johannes van Overbeek and Jeff Westphal will pilot the No. 64 Ferrari 458, while ALMS GT points leaders Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will co-drive the No. 75 Camaro.

Jim Norman enters the race with an 11-point lead over Mazda driver Joel Miller (361-350) in the GX class, and can clinch by driving 30 minutes in the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman co-driven by Spencer Pumpelly. BGB Motorsports will clinch the GX title with a third-place finish.

1 J. Taylor / Angelelli 304
2 Pruett / Rojas 296
3 Gurney / Fogarty 293

GT Class Drivers

1 Lally / Potter 313
2 Alessandro Balzan 309
3 Liddell / Edwards 302

GX Class Drivers

1 Jim Norman 361
2 Joel Miller 350
3 Tremblay / Long 345

Two race teams end the season close to home at Lime Rock Park.

Marsh Racing of Old Lyme, Conn., will have a pair of area drivers at the wheel of the No. 31 Whelen Engineer-ing/Team Fox Corvette.

Eric Curran is from nearby Ho-lyoke, Mass., while current Californian Boris Said formerly lived in Stamford, Conn., where he developed his interest in racing while running a motorcycle shop.

This will be the final race for their Corvette in the GT class, with the team moving to a Corvette DP to compete in the Prototype division of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014.

Turner Motorsport is from Ames-bury, Mass. The team will have two cars in both the Rolex Series GT class and Continental Tire Sports Car Chal-lenge GS class this weekend. In the Rolex Series event Michael Marsal, of nearby Bedford, N.Y., will co-drive the Lime Rock Park A Homecoming For Marsh Racing, Turner Motorsport

Robin Liddell and John Edwards know a bit about winning at Lime Rock Park – they’ve each won two races at Lime Rock Park, and at least one of them has been atop the GT podium for the past three years.

Liddell and Edwards will defend their GT victory at the 1.5-mile circuit on Saturday in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Liddell also won for Stevenson in 2011 – joined by Jan Magnussen – while Edwards teamed with Adam Chris-todoulou for SpeedSource in 2010.

Magnussen also will return to the

Liddell, Edwards Looking For Third Straight Victory At Lime Rock team for Saturday’s finale, joining An-tonio Garcia in the No. 75 Camaro. The GM factory drivers won last week-end’s GT class in the ALMS race at Circuit of The Americas, taking the lead in the championship in the pro-cess.

Stevenson team manager Michael Johnson also has a knack for winning at Lime Rock. His Archangel Motor-sports won in SRP II in 2000 and swept both races in 2001 – with Andy Lally among his winning drivers.

Rolex Series, Etc. TRG returns the No. 66 Aston Mar-tin Vantage for its second outing. Da-mien Faulkner – ALMS GTC winner at Circuit of The Americas – will co-drive with Aston Martin with factory driver Richie Stanaway.

Bob Doyle of Meriden, Conn will be racing near his home this weekend, co-driving the No. 18 Muehlner Motor-sports Porsche GT3 with Kyle Mar-celli, the ALMS PC winner at Austin. Action Express Racing driver Brian Frisselle will make his 100th career Rolex Series start this weekend.

No. 93 BMW M3 with Tom Kimber-Smith, with Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana in the No. 94.

Dalla Lana and Auberlen return in the team’s No. 96 BMW M3 for the CTSCC race, and will be joined by the No. 97 for team principles Will Turner (Newburyport, Mass.) and Don Sala-ma (Somerville, Mass.)

Salama, the team strategist, leads Lime Rock with two ST poles, with team owner Turner also capturing a GS pole position.

Another major step toward the revitalization of North American sports car racing in 2014 took place on Sept. 12 when TUDOR was named entitlement partner for what will now be known as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The announcement of the five-year agreement in Chicago preceded TUDOR’s official U.S. launch during New York Fashion Week.

TUDOR, an innovative and retro-chic watch brand owned by Rolex, was estab-lished by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1946.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship extends ties of the prestigious Swiss watchmaking market to premier U.S. sports car racing dating back to 1959, when NASCAR Founder and IMSA Co-Founder Bill France Sr. and Rolex formed their initial relationship. Rolex will continue to serve as Title Sponsor of the annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, and Official Timepiece at Sebring International Raceway and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

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