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
The premier category of the TUDOR Championship includes both Daytona Prototypes (DP) and Le Mans Prototypes (P2). The Chevrolet Corvette DP, Ford EcoBoost Riley and Honda HPD P2 are among the top prototypes in the series, all having at least one victory so far this season. The radical DeltaWing is also included in the prototype class.
IMSA made a series of announcements at Road America last weekend that will shape the immediate future of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Among the announcements was the release of the 2015 schedules for the two series, as well as the class structure and specifications for all four TUDOR Championship classes through the 2016 season.