Lime Rock Will Decide Grand-Am Champs
LIME ROCK, Conn. – Only one race remains on the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule and the pairings of Jordan Taylor/Max Angelelli and Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas will lead the pack battling it out for the 2013 Daytona Prototype (DP) drivers’ title in Saturday’s season-ending Championship Weekend Presented by BMW race at Lime Rock Park.
Taylor and Angelelli won the two most recent races in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP to enter the finale with an eight-point lead (304-296) over Pruett and Rojas, in the No. 01 TELMEX/Telcel BMW/Riley fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Taylor and Angelelli can clinch the title with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s race, that starts at 1:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 2 live; FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Sept. 29, noon ET).
History is on the side of Taylor and Angelelli at Lime Rock. Wayne Taylor Racing has been undefeated since DPs began racing at the circuit in 2010, with Angelelli joined by Ricky Taylor in all three victories. Meanwhile, Pruett and Rojas struggled each time at the tight 1.53-mile layout, with their best finish seventh in both 2011 and 2012 after a last-place finish following a first-lap crash in 2010.
Should the leaders stumble, six other drivers are also in the hunt for the drivers’ championship.
Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, have 293 points, followed by Christian Fittipaldi (291) and Joao Barbosa (289) in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, and Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Popow Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley.
Another title on the line at Lime Rock is the DP team championship. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates currently leads the DP team standings by 11 points over Wayne Taylor Racing (315-304).
The titlists will be honored at the Rolex Champions Awards on Monday at Gotham Hall in New York City.