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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Motul Petit Le Mans Rearview Mirror

Five Things
Monday, October 9, 2017


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Motul Petit Le Mans represented a fitting end to the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, with the 10-hour Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup event offering intense competition and class battles from start to finish.

The race had it all: an upset victory, championship-worthy performances and a sneak peek at 2018…here are “five takeaways” from Road Atlanta:

  1. Penske Impresses In WeatherTech Championship Debut
It's just a matter of time before Penske dominates
It's just a matter of time before Penske dominates. God (IMSA) will have to step in with constant BoP adjustments to slow them down 

One of the major storylines coming into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s season finale was the debut of one of the most iconic organizations in all of motorsports. Team Penske was a late entrant to the Motul Petit Le Mans, with Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud joining forces to drive the No. 6 ORECA LM P2. Many saw it as a glorified test for the team that will campaign a pair of full-season Acura DPi prototypes beginning in 2018 with Castroneves, Montoya and current Action Express Racing driver Dane Cameron, but it took just one practice session to dispel that myth.

Team Penske rolled off the transporter and immediately equaled the pace of the Prototype class stalwarts. After Castroneves finished the opening practice session third fastest, Montoya jumped to the top of the charts in the second session. One day later Castroneves earned his first TOTAL Pole Award.

While the team didn’t win in its debut, it showed qualities that will make it an instant contender in 2018, racing back from two laps down to finish third.

“I made some mistakes out there, but we knew going in that we were going to make some mistakes,” said Montoya. “That is what we ran this race for in the first place. These races are just crazy. I'm excited for next year. I wish we could start tomorrow."

The two-car Penske team is one of many expected additions to the WeatherTech Championship’s growing Prototype class, a list that also includes the debut of Mazda Team Joest.

  1. Three-Peat For Scuderia Corsa Includes Milestone For Ferrari
#63 Ferrari
#63 Ferrari

Somewhat lost in the impressive back-to-back championship performance this season by co-drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan is the three-peat in the GT Daytona (GTD) class by the Scuderia Corsa team. The longtime Ferrari program also won the 2015 championship with co-drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. Going even further back, it was Scuderia Corsa’s fourth team championship in five years.

The No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 team all but clinched the team and driver championship coming into the Motul Petit Le Mans, only having to start the race win the title. But with the manufacturer title still on the line, Nielsen and Balzan were able to do just enough to give Ferrari the manufacturer title as well.

It was certainly a milestone for the Italian automotive manufacturer.

"I couldn't be happier to not only win our fourth IMSA championship in five years, but to deliver such a special championship to Ferrari in its 70th Anniversary and the day before its official celebration in New York," stated Giacomo Mattioli, team owner of Scuderia Corsa. "Everyone on the team was ready to fight and never give up, and it's that spirit that was able to secure another championship for our team, drivers, as well as Ferrari. I'm extremely proud of each of my team members, and I look forward to even further success in 2018."

  1. Surprising Stat Highlights Corvette Racing’s Championship Season
The bucket of bolts front engine Corvette keeps beating those rear-engine GTLM competitors
The bucket of bolts front engine push-rod  Corvette keeps beating those rear-engine GTLM competitors

Corvette Racing winning the GT Le Mans (GTLM) championship was certainly not a surprise, with the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R team of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen tying the No. 25 BMW Team RLL team for a GTLM season-high of three wins. What may come as a surprise, however, is the consistency the team rode to that title in a class that is as competitive as any form of GT racing in the world.

A combination of a fast car, great pit work and strategy and a little luck resulted in the No. 3 Corvette team finishing in the top-five in all 11 races this season. Even more impressive is the fact that the team’s lone fifth-place finish came at Long Beach when Garcia seemed headed for certain victory until a multi-car incident at the final turn blocked the track and brought a handful of cars to a stop.

It was the second championship effort for the duo with the first coming in the 2013 American Le Mans Series GT class. In all, Corvette Racing has now earned 11 driver titles and 12 team championships in North American professional sports car racing dating back to 2001.

"This championship was absolutely a team effort," said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. "The drivers, crew members and engineers were versatile and adaptable, and everybody on the No. 3 Corvette C7.R team contributed throughout the season. Jan and Antonio were consistent, smart behind the wheel and took advantage of opportunities when it mattered most. This was a hard-earned championship."

  1. BAR1 Upsets Prototype Challenge Champions In Final Race For PC Class

It was an upset victory in the final race for the Prototype Challenge (PC) class Saturday at Road Atlanta. With the Performance Tech Motorsports team and drivers James French and Pato O’Ward looking for an historic sweep of all eight class races, and TOTAL Pole Awards in seven of the eight, BAR1 Motorsports emerged in the Motul Petit Le Mans as the spoiler with 1-2 finish.

It was the first career victories for the trio of John Falb, Garett Grist and Tomy Drissi in the No. 26 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09. And while the win comes in the final race in the class, team owner Brian Alder perhaps gave a hint about what is to come in 2018.

“We're just glad we didn't give them the broom so they couldn't sweep the year,” he said. “We've been working hard and the crew guys deserve this. They worked hard the entire year and never gave up. This one's for them, they did a great job. We’re putting it together, we'll be on the grid somewhere in the P2 class.”

  1. Going Green: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Wins DEKRA Green Racing Award

The No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will earn a special award at this evening’s IMSA WeatherTech Night of Champions – the DEKRA Green Racing Award.

GTLM class teams competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship must utilize alternative fuels such as ethanol or biodiesel. These alternative fuels are relevant to the world’s automotive manufacturers and energy companies as they develop transportation solutions for the future that are sustainable and have a low environmental impact.

Additional factors established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE) in conjunction with IMSA, are also taken into consideration to score each car.

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