Racing Blip: 2014 Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas

By | September 19, 2014

Oak Racing Ligier JSP2 HPD

Oak Racing Ligier JSP2 HPD

Well race fans, we are now at the penultimate race of the season. This time IMSA/TUDOR takes us to the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas. F1 fans will know COTA as the home of F1 racing in the USofA. And this weekend, fans of endurance racing are in for a treat. Not only is IMSA/TUDOR racing, but also the World Endurance Championship makes a stop at COTA as well. That will make for nearly 9 hours of racing from some of the finest drivers and marques from around the world. Audi, Toyota, Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Dodge SRT Viper, Aston Martin, Ferrari, etc, etc..all will be racing on one of America’s newest race tracks.

Today’s IMSA/TUDOR qualifying brought out some interesting changes. First change came in the form of a switch up in the cars of the Prototype class. Gone is one of the Extreme Speed Motorsports P2 cars, off playing with the big boys in WEC. Also the loss of Oak Racing’s P2 Morgan / Nissan, replaced with a Ligier JSP2 powered by HPD. Second big change, Porsche North America bringing in a 3rd Porsche 911 RSR to help with the manufacture points in GTLM class.

What to watch for:

In P, the continuing battle between P2 and DP cars. With Oak taking the top spot by a handy margin during qualifying, imagine the points leading DP cars will be going all out for the new Oak Racing P2.

In GTLM, again, this has to be the finest sports car racing out there right now. The Porsche factory team came out STRONG, as did the No. 92 Dodge SRT Viper. In fact, it was Porsche – Viper – Porsche in the top 3 qualifying spots. Corvette and Ferrari seemed to struggle during qualifying. They just weren’t on the pace for some reason. Tough one to call, but that is what makes GTLM some GREAT racing!!

How to watch the race on Saturday @ 12:30pm ET:

IMSA has some changes to streaming and broadcast again, so I’ll just point you to their website.

As always, the handy-dandy spotters guide.

And a sizzle piece from IMSA’s YouTube Channel.

[photo | IMSA]

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