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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
Braun, Bennett Break Through For First Prototype Win

Ford prevails in GTLM At Mosport
Sunday, July 8, 2018


Colin Braun charges to victory
Colin Braun charges to victory

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been a strong venue for co-drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun dating back to their days racing in the American Le Mans Series Prototype Challenge (PC) class.

Coming into the weekend, they’d won three PC races at the ultra-quick, 2.54-mile circuit, the most recent coming in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC class in 2016. In Sunday’s two-hour and 40-minute Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, the longtime teammates took it to another level.

Driving the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA LMP2 entry, Braun took the lead from Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R with eight laps remaining in what would be a 116-lap race. It capped a last-to-first run for the No. 54, as for the second consecutive week, the team elected to have Bennett start the race after Braun had captured the Motul Pole Award in qualifying.

The penalty for changing starting drivers is to start from the rear of the class field, but Bennett turned in a solid opening stint before handing the controls to Braun. He went on to win by 3.431 seconds over Taylor to take the first WeatherTech Championship Prototype class victory for himself, Bennett and the whole team.

“Since we unloaded, it’s been a Cinderella weekend for us,” Bennett said. “It’s nice to see our program and the Porsche program at the top of the charts in all the session and pole positions. Our team was working well all weekend. Colin was amazing all weekend, walk-on-water amazing.

“I don’t have to tell you what kind of momentum that gave us. Qualifying is qualifying, and racing is racing, so it carried over to the race. My job and our strategy has always been: return a square, damage-free car to Colin and go and that’s what we did. A lot of great strategy from his dad (engineer) Jeff Braun, and holy cow, here we are.”

It was Bennett’s 15th career IMSA victory (nine WeatherTech Championship, six ALMS) and was Braun’s 16th IMSA win (nine WeatherTech, five ALMS, two GRAND-AM). This is the team’s first year in the Prototype class. The longtime PC class competitors raced a Porsche in the WeatherTech Championship GTD class last year before moving to the Prototype ranks.

It was their second straight podium result in a week after taking the runner-up spot in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen last Sunday and was the third podium run of the season for the No. 54 team, which finished third in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“It’s so cool to get the first win for CORE at this level,” Braun said. “It’s been a pleasure driving with Jon all these years. We’ve had a lot of firsts together and done a lot of cool things and this is another one of those things in a long line.

“Hats off to the CORE guys. We had great strategy all day. We saved fuel when we needed to, we saved tires when we needed to and we just played our cards the right way and got it done when it mattered. It was important in this race to not get too excited at the beginning. We just sort of laid in the weeds all day and slowly worked our way up and we were there when it mattered at the end.”

Taylor and co-driver Renger van der Zande combined to lead a race-high 71 laps en route to second place in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. It also was their third podium result of the season and first since a third-place outing in April’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Finishing third were Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. It was the fourth consecutive Canadian Tire Motorsport Park podium for Curran, who also finished second in 2015 and won the race in each of the past two years with then-co-driver Dane Cameron.

It was Curran and Nasr’s fourth podium result in seven races and enabled them to take over the WeatherTech Championship Prototype class points lead by one marker, 198-197, over their Action Express teammate, Filipe Albuquerque, in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi.

Albuquerque and co-driver Christian Fittipaldi finished fourth with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor rounding out the top five in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi race car.

The WeatherTech Championship Prototype class returns to action next month in the two-hour, 40-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on Aug. 3-5.

Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 20-21. The two-hour, 40-minute race will feature the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes and will be televised on Saturday, July 21 at 4 pm ET on FS1.

Ford Beats Chevy in GTLM


#67 Ford GT wins GTLM
#67 Ford GT wins GTLM

The entire weekend came down to one moment for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

After struggling through the practice sessions, the one bright spot heading into the race was the lap No. 67 driver Ryan Briscoe put down in qualifying. Briscoe put the Ford GT he shares with Richard Westbrook on the front row at p2 with a 1:13.831. There was hope. Then, through much of the 2-hour, 40-minute race, there didn’t seem to be anymore. Until the very end.

Westbrook, who’d made it up to the front of the GTLM pack by waiting while other teams pitted, got the call on the radio to duck into pitlane for a quick stop while a caution flag flew. Thanks to the crew, he kept the lead.

“I’m just a little in shock, actually,” Briscoe said. “I didn’t see that coming, especially after the first stint. The car was a real handful. We made adjustments with the tire pressures and ran the absolute perfect strategy, got Rick in and he just drove masterfully. We caught the yellow at the end, saw that happening and dove in the pits and came out with the lead.”

With the win, their second of the season after driving to victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Westbrook and Briscoe regained the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points lead they’d lost to teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Müller just last Sunday.

“I’m just so happy,” Briscoe said. “It was such a disappointment at Watkins Glen where we definitely had the fastest car all weekend, then had a mechanical issue one hour into the race. That was a tough one to swallow, and to come back here where we weren’t expecting to get the win and get the win, it’s just incredible. I’m so happy and so proud of my teammate and the whole team at Ford CGR.”

Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvettes both finished on the class podium Sunday at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It marked the team’s first double podium of the season and allowed both Corvette C7.Rs to gain positions in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) points standings of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, just ahead of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. The results vaulted Garcia and Magnussen to second place in the GTLM Driver’s Championship while Gavin and Milner are now tied for fourth.

Chevrolet also moved up a spot in the Manufacturer standings to second after six rounds.

The race featured six caution periods that allowed for a variety of pit stop strategies. In the end, the No. 3 Corvette finished a spot higher than where it started, and the No. 4 C7.R improved two positions.


11254P1Colin Braun Jonathan BennettCORE autosport/ORECA LMP2116Running
2310P2Jordan Taylor Renger Van Der ZandeKonica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R/Cadillac DPi116Running
31131P3Felipe Nasr Eric CurranWhelen Engineering Racing/Cadillac DPi116Running
4105P4Filipe Albuquerque Christian FittipaldiMustang Sampling Racing/Cadillac DPi116Running
557P5Ricky Taylor Helio CastronevesAcura Team Penske/Acura DPi116Running
6877P6Oliver Jarvis Tristan NunezMazda Team Joest/Mazda DPi116Running
7999P7Stephen Simpson Misha GoikhbergJDC-Miller Motorsports/ORECA LMP2116Running
8285P8Simon Trummer Robert AlonJDC-Miller Motorsports/ORECA LMP2116Running
9652P9Gustavo Yacaman Sebastian SaavedraAFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports/Ligier LMP2114Running
101467GTLM1Richard Westbrook Ryan BriscoeFord Chip Ganassi Racing/Ford GT112Running
11153GTLM2Jan Magnussen Antonio GarciaCorvette Racing/Chevrolet Corvette C7.R112Running
12174GTLM3Tommy Milner Oliver GavinCorvette Racing/Chevrolet Corvette C7.R112Running
1313911GTLM4Nick Tandy Patrick PiletPorsche GT Team/Porsche 911 RSR112Running
142066GTLM5Dirk Mueller Joey HandFord Chip Ganassi Racing/Ford GT112Running
1516912GTLM6Laurens Vanthoor Earl BamberPorsche GT Team/Porsche 911 RSR112Running
161925GTLM7Alexander Sims Connor De PhillippiBMW Team RLL/BMW M8 GTE112Running
1716P10Dane Cameron Juan Pablo MontoyaAcura Team Penske/Acura DPi111Running
182433GTD1Jeroen Bleekemolen Ben KeatingTeam Riley Motorsports/Mercedes-AMG GT3107Running
192214GTD2Kyle Marcelli Dominik Baumann3GT Racing/Lexus RC F GT3107Running
203144GTD3Andy Lally John PotterMagnus Racing/Audi R8 LMS GT3107Running
212348GTD4Bryan Sellers Madison SnowPaul Miller Racing/Lamborghini Huracan GT3107Running
222686GTD5Alvaro Parente Katherine LeggeMeyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agaj/Acura NSX GT3107Running
233093GTD6Lawson Aschenbach Justin MarksMeyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agaj/Acura NSX GT3107Running
242115GTD7Jack Hawksworth David Heinemeier Hansson3GT Racing/Lexus RC F GT3107Running
25455P11Harry Tincknell Jonathan BomaritoMazda Team Joest/Mazda DPi106Running
262963GTD8Jeff Segal Cooper MacNeilScuderia Corsa/Ferrari 488 GT3106Running
272858GTD9Patrick Long Christina NielsenWright Motorsports/Porsche 911 GT3 R106Running
282516GTD10Michael Schein Wolf HenzlerWright Motorsports/Porsche 911 GT3 R73Running
292796GTD11Bill Auberlen Robby FoleyTurner Motorsport/BMW M6 GT363Running
301824P8Jesse Krohn John EdwardsBMW Team RLL/BMW M8 GTE61Running
31722P12Ryan Dalziel Pipo DeraniTequila Patron ESM/Nissan DPi45Running
323238P13Kyle Masson James FrenchPerformance Tech Motorsports/ORECA LMP20DNS


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