With the merger of Grand-Am and ALMS, from 2014 onward there is but one prototype and GT racing banner, the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (USCC). September 27-28 is the Grand-Am Championship Weekend presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park, the 141st – and last – Grand-Am Daytona Prototype race in the world.The first Grand-Am Daytona Prototype race was the 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona; fourth overall and first in DP was a Ford Multimatic driven by Scott Maxwell, David Epringham and David Brabham (a GT-class TRG Porsche GT3 RS won).(Lime Rock has run a Grand-Am DP race in each of the past three years; in previous years, Lime Rock has also held stand-alone Grand-Am Rolex GT and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge events. Lime Rock Park has been a bastion of U.S. sports car racing since its opening in April, 1957.)This weekend, there are eight Rolex DP drivers within 15 points of each other for the 2013 title: Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli (304 points); Ganassi Racing’s Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas at 296; GAINSCO’s Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney, 293; and Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi, 291, and Joao Barbosa, 289.In Rolex GT, five drivers are within 11 points: Andy Lally and John Potter have 313 points, Alessandro Balzan is at 309, and Robin Liddell and John Edwards have 302. Edwards and Liddell won the GT class race in their Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R last year; Lally and Potter drive the Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, while Balzan is in a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458.(Complete Grand-Am standings for driver, team and engine manufacturer standings can be found at Grand-Am.com )
Wayne Taylor Racing has won all three Lime Rock Rolex DP races since 2010, each victory coming at the hands of Angelelli and Ricky – not Jordan – Taylor.It should be noted that no Rolex DP team has ever won four consecutive races at one venue....WHAT: Grand-Am Championship Weekend presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park, round 12 of 12, season finale and last Grand-Am race ever. Also, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (GS and ST) season finale. Friday tickets are $25, Saturday tickets are $55, Weekend tickets are $75. Kids 12 and under free. Parking free. 860.435.5000WHEN: Practice is Friday, September 27; qualifying and race is Saturday, September 28. 1:35 p.m. Eastern. Continental Tire ST-class race is Friday, 3:25 p.m. Continental Tire GS-class is Saturday, September 28, 9:50 a.m.WHERE: Lime Rock Park, 60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, Conn. 06790ADDITIONAL: Lime Rock Park has organized a free concert the evening of Friday, Sept. 27, showcasing the talents of British blues-jazz-rock guitarist Davy Knowles. The show is 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., to be held in the big concert tent located on Lime Rock’s Upper Infield Midway. The Davy Knowles show is part of the Grand-Am Championship Weekend Presented by BMW, but you don't have to have tickets to the race to see it. People may begin arriving for the show after 5:00 p.m. at the track’s main gate, 60 White Hollow Road. A cash wine-and-beer bar will be open..Knowles, 26, has toured recently with Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani and has gotten “hot” of late thanks to well-received performances at the South by Southwest Festival, Coachella, Lollapalooza and the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The Lime Rock show is sponsored by Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars, a marketing partner of Grand-Am.