DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Porsche, Ferrari and BMW will be looking to break through with a 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class victory at Road America in Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
A 1-2 finish in last year’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase was part of a late-season surge that carried Porsche North America to the 2015 WeatherTech Championship team and driver titles.
Reigning GTLM champion Patrick Pilet and co-driver Nick Tandy return in the race-winning No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, with 2015 Road America runner-up Earl Bamber, now co-driving the No. 912 Porsche with Frederic Makowiecki.
“Road America is fast and challenging; it’s a racetrack with loads of character,” Pilet said. “Last year, we had a great race there, coming from the very back of the field to win. You don’t experience that every day. I hope we can secure a better grid spot this time – we were very happy with the race result. To win at Road America, you need the best package of car, driver and team. Only then do you have a chance on this circuit.”
Ferrari completed the podium in last year’s event. Third-place finisher Giancarlo Fisichella returns with a new car – the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE – and a new co-driver, Toni Vilander.
Also seeking its first victory of 2016, BMW Team RLL returns to a circuit where it finished second and third in 2014, continuing a legacy that included three class victories in ALMS competition. Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner are fourth in the standings co-driving the No. 25 IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTLM. John Edwards and Lucas Luhr co-drive the No. 100 BMW.
Three-time 2016 winners Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner are coming off a class victory at Lime Rock in the No. 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, and enter Road America with a 10-point lead in the GTLM standings, 228-218. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia were second at Lime Rock in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R and are third in the standings with 197 points.
While Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe saw a three-race winning streak end at Lime Rock Park, they remain second in the standings as the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT finished on the podium. Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller – class winners at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June – drive the team’s No. 66 Ford GT.
CREDIT: IMSA Communications