Sunday, December 16, 2018

35 Cars on Road America Entry List


After a brief sojourn in Connecticut for the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona divisions, the Prototype class will rejoin the grid for the upcoming Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Thirty-five cars will be on hand in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin led by the return of 14 DPi and LMP2 contenders. Notably, in their first race since the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix on July 8, Action Express Racing will welcome Joao Barbosa back to the No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Barbosa, who has been out of the cockpit for the last two races following a cycling accident, will once again pair with Felipe Albuquerque. Albuquerque trails stablemates Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr in the Prototype driver standings by one point.

Road America will also witness the return of both Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPis after just one car competed at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a hybrid driver lineup. The remainder of the Prototype entry list remains unchanged from the previous round.

The regular GTLM field will continue with two cars fielded by each of the four teams, including Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 66 Ford GT which left the Northeast Grand Prix owning the championship lead.

Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller of that No. 66 car were victorious in last year’s Road America race and will look for consecutive wins at the historic track. Mueller is tied with Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin with four pole positions at Road America. Gavin, who’s won four times at the 4-mile track, sits fifth in the GTLM standings with co-driver Tommy Milner.

The second-largest contingent of cars will belong to the GTD class.The 13-car division will grow by three over the last round thanks to an extra Porsche 911 GT3 R from Wright Motorsports as well as Squadra Corse Garage Italia’s Ferrari and the return of Park Place Motorsports with drivers Patrick Lindsey and Joerg Bergmeister.

The two-hour and 40-minute race is set to take the green flag Aug. 5 at 1:35 p.m. CDT with live television coverage on FS1.

Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc
Ben Hinc, managing The Apex as executive editor, has frequented media centers at racetracks across North America since 2014. Hinc's multi-decade passion for technology has resulted in a broad skillset that keeps The Apex running fast and without error.


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