Preview: 2015 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

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The entire Tudor United SportsCar Championship field meet together for the first time since Watkins Glen this weekend at the 2015 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

The 2 hour 40 minute race takes place at Wisconsin’s Road America circuit, a track that has remained almost identical to its original 1955 self and so still provides close – but dangerous – high-speed racing.

Last year’s winner was the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

A total of 36 cars are on the provisional entry list, with ten coming from the Prototype class. The only notable differences in this class are Starworks Motorsport who remain with a space for their #7 Riley-BMW Daytona Prototype but with drivers TBA.

Both Mazda Prototypes are also present, with the #70 returning, along with drivers Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito. Both cars are running with diesel engines.

In Prototype Challenge, the BAR1 Motorsports #16 entry is yet to announce drivers. Todd Slusher and Sean Rayhall drove for the team last time out at Lime Rock Park. Furthermore, Stephen Simpson is seemingly out of the #85 JDC/Miller Motorsports team and has been replaced by Chris Miller who will race alongside Mikhail Goikhberg.

There are no changes among the seven-strong GT Le Mans entry list, but a new car is in the GT Daytona field, the #58 Porsche 911 of Wright Motorsports, yet to announce drivers. Finally, normal service has been resumed at Turner Motorsport, with Markus Palttala returning to the #97 BMW Z4 following his absence from Lime Rock due to his 24 Hours of Spa commitments.

Qualifying at Road America is scheduled for 16:35-18:05 EST (21:35-23:05 UK) on Saturday, with the race from 15:05-17:45 EST (20:05-22:45 UK) on Sunday, August 8.

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