Sunday morning marks the third round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Patron North American Endurance Cup and the sixth overall round of the championship. The TUSCC is back in a normal rotation of races after the month long break after Detroit Belle Isle for the 24 Hours of LeMans which saw the American factory Corvette’s win in their respective class.
This is a special race in my opinion for the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, it marks the 3/4 way of the NAEC but it also is at a prestigious racing venue in Watkins Glen. TV coverage starts at 10:00am EST on Fox Sports 1 and transitions to Fox Sports 2 at 2:00pm EST to make way for Sprint Cup at Sonoma. Now onto the class previews, enjoy!
The prototype class in the 2015 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship has been a very interesting one to say the least. We’ve seen five different winners in five races, and surprisingly none of these include Ganassi’s American duo of Scott Pruett and Joey Hand in the 01 Ford Ecoboost Riley. The duo sits fourth in the championship 14 markers behind the Action Express #5 guys of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi who have 156 points. THe AER #5 guys are tied for first in points with the #90 Spirit of Daytona guys of Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook.
At these stage of the season with five prototype events left including the two NAEC rounds this weekend and the season finale at Road Atlanta, the season title is completely up for grabs. Some questions to consider…
Will Ganassi win a race and/or be title contenders?
Will there be any breakways in the championship?
Any upset winners?
Watkins Glen could see the start of all of this, its a wildcard. Its going to be one hell of a show on Sunday morning into the afternoon in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
The PC season has been dominated by two entrants; CORE Autosport and PR1. Even though the CORE duo of Jon Bennett and Colin Braun have not won a race, they sit atop of the table with 128 points and the PR1 duo who won Daytona sit 5 markers behind. Like Prototype this is an open championship and anyone can take it.
GTLM has a very close title battle between Corvette, the RLLR BMW teams and the Risi team. Coming off the Corvette team’s victory at LeMans two weeks ago, they will be riding a lot of confidence heading into another big race. The four teams are just seperated by ten points! Ten points! That is a very close championship for sure. Like the other classes its a wide open championship and Watkins Glen will tell a lot about the championship with the races winding down.
GTD also has a very close championship battle going, four teams are separated by 9 points. The weird thing is none of the top four in points have scored race victories this season. I think this trend will end and whoever winds up winning the Watkins Glen race will get enough momentum to win the title.
-Not much to say this week considering they’ve had month off, more to follow after the race in Monday in the Week in Review.