Preview: 2015 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

by Jake Kilshaw

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 Furthermore, Stephen Simpson is seemingly out of the #85 JDC/Miller Motorsports team and has been replaced by Chris Miller who will race alongside Mikhail Goikhberg.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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