Racing Blip: 2015 Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

By | May 30, 2015

No. 5 Action Express Racing @ Belle Isle

No. 5 Action Express Racing @ Belle Isle

Welcome to Motor City – aka Detroit, Michigan! Welcome to the 5th stop on this year’s IMSA/TUDOR schedule.

Similar to Long Beach, at this stop, IMSA/TUDOR is not the headlining event. It’s performing in a supporting role this weekend to IndyCar. For those in attending the race in person, you’ll also be treated to SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road racing and the GT and GTA classes of Pirelli World Challenge running on the same street circuit. And speaking of classes. Only P, PC, and GTD of IMSA/TUDOR are racing on the streets of Belle Isle this weekend. What Happened to GTLM, for most of the teams, they’re off in France prepping for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Some things to look for:

As this is a street race, with no run-off areas, 3 classes running..yeah, there will be some cars kissing the walls. Happened during qualifying, happened during practice sessions, it’ll happened during the race tomorrow.

Also note that this is a shorter race then the “normal” races. At a 100 minutes, this will be more of a sprint race then a moving chess match that is a 12 hour race. Meaning, pit strategy, tire strategy, driver changes are less of an issue.

In P (prototype), a good battle between WTR Racing and Action Express Racing, lap after lap with the two swapping places for faster lap. In the end, Action Express Racing, at the hands of Christian Fittipaldi, turned the fastest lap – to the tune of 0.05 secs faster then Ricky Taylor of WTR Racing.

In PC (prototype challenge), the battle for pole came down to the VERY last lap. With the No. 38 Ric-Man Detroit ORECA edging out RSR Racing by 0.004 seconds. Let that sink in for a moment. 4/1000ths of a second separates first and second place car in this spec class!

The race starts on today (5/30/15) at 12:05pm ET – head on over to IMSA for the verity of ways to view this race.

And this wouldn’t be a racing blip without a link to the spotters guide!

[photo | IMSA]

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