All but one Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup awards were secured as the sun continued to set over Road Atlanta and the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
With its points earned at the eight-hour interval, Chip Ganassi Racing secured the GT Le Mans team endurance title with its No. 66 Ford GT. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by Riley Motorsports in GT Daytona earned the same award in the all-GT3 class with drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Luca Stolz.
With Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R in the lead at the close of Hour 8, Cadillac wrapped up the Prototype manufacturer’s championship in the Patron Endurance Cup over Acura, its nearest rival.
Ford claimed the overall GTLM manufacturer’s titles for the WeatherTech Championship and endurance competition earlier in the race. Mercedes-AMG and Lamborghini will continue racing for the manufacturer’s title in GTD during the race’s final two hours.
Overall Titles Undecided
CORE autosport and Action Express Racing remain in the hunt for the main Prototype championship. If the race ended at the eight-hour mark, the No. 31 Cadillac DPi from Action Express would’ve defeated CORE’s Colin Braun and Jon Bennett by a single point.
After spinning and contacting the wall exiting pit lane, the drivers of the No. 3 Corvette C7.R are crawling back forward in the nine-car GTLM category to keep the No. 67 Ford from earning the title in dramatic fashion.
In GTD, Paul Miller Racing entered the final two hours in position to become champions, though the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 ran close in fourth.