Prototype championship battle at Road Atlanta

September 30, 2014

Prototype championship battle at Road Atlanta

September 30, 2014

prototype_timeA journey that began in early January will conclude here on Saturday evening, leaving some team owners, drivers and sponsors very happy and others anxious for the start of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

But first there are the rather significant matters of the race victory at Petit Le Mans and determining the 2014 TUDOR Champions for drivers, teams and manufacturers to resolve.

Based in Mooresville, NC, Bob Johnson’s Action Express Corvette DP team with drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa blasted out of the gate in January with an impressive victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Led by technical director Gary Nelson, the AXmen scored again at Indianapolis and followed that with a victory at Road America to retake the upper hand in the Prototype championship fight. They arrive here with a sweet 22 point lead in the team and driver championship over rivals Ricky and Jordan Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing.

The Taylors took the race win in Detroit and have been podium regulars for much of the season.

Currently standing third are the popular Racing squad and drivers Michael Valiente and Richard Westbrook who are poised just one additional point back. All three teams are Chevrolet powered.

Debuting their new Ford EcoBoost power for 2014, Chip Ganassi Racing’s ageless Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas remain a considerable force with back-to-back victories at Sebring and Long Beach. But, despite their recent victory at Circuit of The Americas, they find themselves on the far edge of the championship cage match.

Rounding out the top five after delivering a first victory for Nissan with a stellar performance by drivers Gustavo Yacaman and Olivier Pla at the Canadian stop is the OAK Racing team.

Meanwhile, the TUDOR Championship Prototype Manufacturer sees a classic Chevrolet vs. Ford battle as the bowtie brigade led by Action Express, Wayne Taylor Racing and holds a 14 point lead over Ford.

Four of the five manufacturers have scored Prototype wins in 2014 including Chevrolet (5), Ford (3), Honda (1) and Nissan (1). In addition, the Mazda SkyActiv diesel team continues to develop and build momentum in its first year of Prototype competition.

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