Racing Blip: 2015 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

By | July 12, 2015

Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP

Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP

Welcome to the 7th stop of this year’s IMSA/TUDOR season. The 2015 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. Taking the quick jaunt from wooded beauty of Watkins Glen, to the wooded beauty of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – formally MoSport.

At this stop, only the Prototypes, Prototype Challenge, and GTLM classes will be running.

A couple of quick items about the Prototype class this race. Mazda is only running one of its two cars for this race. Earlier this week, the No. 70 was tested at CTMP with an AER gasoline engine. Rumor has it the Mazda LMP2 cars will be swapping out the the 60% stock SkyActiv Diesel engines with AER supplied power plants. Looks like the test bed has run its course.

Ricky Taylor, in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP, became the first two-time pole sitter of the season. The last time Ricky Taylor earned pole was back in Long Beach.

Lastly, there’s 1.02 seconds separating the top 6 P-classed cars. If the DPs don’t walk away near the beginning of the race, it should prove to a be a decent battle between DPs and LMP2 cars.

And speaking of repeat pole winners, Porsche North America’s, and recent Le Mans overall winner, Nick Tandy took the top honors in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM class on Saturday. For those keeping track, this ends the streak at 16 unique pole winners in GTLM since the beginning of this series. And hot on Tandy’s heels is the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE, piloted by Dirk Werner, by a scant 0.028 seconds! The whole GTLM class is separated by less then 0.8 seconds! Beating a dead horse, GTLM is still some of the best racing out there!

The race starts 12:05pm ET today (Sunday, July 12th). How to watch?

Head on over to IMSA’s website for the details and various live streams.

As always, the handy spotters guide.

And for your viewing pleasure, IMSA’s preview of the race is embedded below

[photo | mike gillilan]


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