While the F1 fraternity head out to Japan, we are once again making a trip to the USA and this time taking in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, an event which aside from the TUSC is part of the North American Endurance Championship which combines the Daytona 24hr, the Sebring 12hr, the 6hr of the Glen (Watkins Glen) and the Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta.
The What? I hear you say, well you may recognise it more as Grand Am, the series has been born out of an amalgamation of the “Daytona Prototype” based series Grand Am and the “LMP” based ALMS (American Le Mans Series) which saw many LMP2 class entries.
Now the two series have joined meaning both DP and LMP2 chassis compete together, although at time of writing only 3 LMP2 machines were down to race this event following the withdrawal of the Extreme Speeds Motorsport entries as they prepare to move into the WEC next year.
A second prototype class also competes alongside in the same way that LMP1-H, LPM1-L and LPM2 classes run in the WEC, there are also 2 separate GT classes running to the regulations of the two former categories GTLM and GTD.
Also making an appearance will be the Delta Wing driven this time by Andy Merrick, Katherine Legge and Gabby Chaves.
Well, up front you want to keep an eye on the number 1 car of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Scott Dixon, they should be up at the sharp end of the field in their Riley Ford, but there will be plenty of Corvettes looking to take the prize, the Max Angelelli, Jordan/Ricky Taylor car should feature as should the Christian Fittipaldi, Joa Barbosa, Sebastian Bourdais car.
In the GT classes there are a few familiar names, WEC fans may recognise the Krohn racing entry and the lime green Ferrari, while BMW bring a few Z4s for the likes of Dirk Muller and Andy Priaulx among others, Jan Magnussen (father of F1 driver Kevin) will be driving for Corvette, Giancarlo Fisichella will share a Ferrari and Mclaren development & Blancpain driver Rob Bell gets behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper.
It’s going to be a long hard fight across all the classes.
10, the Petit Le Mans is a 10 hour race and can be seen on Motors TV in the UK.