Saturday’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is the final race of the 2015 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship season and the GTLM Drivers Championship title won’t be determined until the checkered flags waves following 10 hours of racing. Corvette Racing still has a shot at the TUDOR Drivers Championship and may just end the year with a dominating 1-2 finish for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup as well.
In GTLM, Corvette Racing’s No.3 drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen were unable to hold on to the lead they enjoyed much of the season and have now fallen to third place with 269 points…10 points behind the class leaders, No. 25 BWM with drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner. The BMW squad took the lead in class with the win at the Lone Star Le Mans at COTA. In 2nd place is Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet in the No.911 Porsche 911 with 276 points.
“Right now everybody’s eyes are on the championship,” said Magnussen. “Everything we do for the race will be with a view for the championship.”
“The one we aim for is the drivers’ championship, but the Patron trophy is also very important,” Garcia said. “We will try to achieve every championship we have on the line. Petit is going to be back to endurance racing, and that’s where we’ve had success this year. We’ll see how our pace there compares to the competition, and we will give it everything we have.”
Speaking of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (NAEC) standings, Corvette Racing is currently 1st and 2nd in both the GTLM team and drivers standings, with the No.3 drivers edging their No.4 Corvette C7.R teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner by 4 points, 33 to 29. Joining the No.4 Corvette drivers at 29 points is Ryan Briscoe, who enjoyed the two wins with Jan and Antonio at Daytona and Sebring.
Chevrolet is also leading the NAEC’s Manufacturer Standings with a two point lead over Porsche and a 9 point lead over 3rd place BMW.
The Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup is a four race competition held during the four marquee endurance races: Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. For this weekend’s race at Road Atlanta, NAEC points will be awarded at four hours, eight hours and at the finish.
Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda will begin on FS2 (FOX Sports 2) at 11 am ET on Saturday, and will alternate throughout the day with IMSA.com. This includes the finish and post-race coverage on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. There will be a three-hour highlight show on Sunday on FS1 (FOX Sports 1), beginning at 1:30 pm ET.
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