“It’s better late than never,” Scott Pruett said when co-driver Joey Hand took over in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley after Pruett led the first hour of Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The America. Hand went on to win; scoring the team’s first victory of 2015 with only one race remaining in what has been a difficult TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.
Pruett extended his leading career total to 60 victories in major North American sports car competition – but his first since winning at Circuit of The Americas in 2014. In a dominant effort, Pruett led the opening hour after claiming the TOTAL Pole Award. Hand then led twice during his stint, including the final 19 laps on the 20-turn, 3.4-mile layout.
Daytona Prototypes, Le Mans Prototypes (LMP2) and the 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.
The 2014 Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda was a fitting finish to the thrilling TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, with close battles in all classes culminating in a sprint to the checkered flag.
In the prototype class, Wayne Taylor Racing and the Taylor brothers became the first Americans to win Petit Le Mans overall in its 17-year history. Brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor, along with co-driver Max Angelelli, stood on the top step of the podium after 10 hours of racing at Road Atlanta, a place their father, Wayne Taylor, stood after winning the very first Petit Le Mans in 1998.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chevrolet’s lone triumph in the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais teamed in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Mustang Sampling Corvette DP to make new history for the Bow Tie Brigade.