DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official release — Will Schneekloth/Getty Images North America photo — A historic debut season for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be celebrated under the bright lights of New York City on Oct. 13.
The TUDOR Night of Champions will crown the champions of IMSA’s premier series, while also reflecting on one of the most significant seasons for sports car racing in North America at Cipriani 42nd Street. An awards gala befitting of the prestigious TUDOR Championship, the superstars of the series will be joined by one of the stars of the music industry.
John Ondrasik, better known by his stage name, Five For Fighting, will perform. The piano-based rocker has recorded a number of Top 40 hits, including “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” “100 Years” and “The Riddle.” Two of his albums, American Town and The Battle for Everything, were certified Platinum in the United States with The Battle for Everything debuting at No. 20 on the Billboard 200. His most recent album Bookmarks was released in September 2013.
The TUDOR Night of Champions will be hosted by FOX Sports commentators Bob Varsha and Justin Bell and will honor driver, team and manufacturer champions from the four TUDOR Championship classes: Prototype (P), GT Le Mans (GTLM), Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD). Champions of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup – the four-race competition encompassing the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda – also will be honored.
The winner in each class of the TUDOR Championship will be awarded with a specially engraved TUDOR Grantour Chrono Fly-Back timepiece marking the championship year and class category.
Among the awards to be presented at the TUDOR Night of Champions will be the Continental Tire Driving Confidence Award, given to the team with the most miles completed in the P, GTD and PC classes; the VP Fuels Front Runner Award and the season-long TOTAL Pole Award.
“From the backdrop of New York City and the elegant setting of Cipriani 42nd Street, to the fantastic entertainment provided by John Ondrasik, the TUDOR Night of Champions will truly be a special evening,” said David Pettit, IMSA Vice President of Marketing.
“This has been a tremendous season filled with historic moments and it’s only fitting that we close it out in style for our championship-winning competitors as well as our partners.”