United SportsCar Targets Belle Isle Streets
DETROIT – The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship hits the streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle Park for this weekend’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
Following split Prototype/GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge/GT Daytona races at the most recent round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Saturday’s solo 100-minute sprint race will feature Prototype and GT Daytona competitors only, for the first time.
Eleven of the 32 entries are in the Prototype (P) class, led by Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa. The Corvette DP duo saw their championship lead reduced to three points over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in Monterey.
Both teams have visited victory lane this year — Barbosa and Fittipaldi taking the win in season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Ford EcoBoost-powered Ganassi pairing in the following two rounds at Sebring and Long Beach.
While yet to win this season, brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor head into the 2.35-mile street course as one of the favorites in their Konica Minolta-sponsored Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP. Jordan is a two-time and defending class winner, having teamed with Max Angelelli for overall victory one year ago.
As seen in Long Beach, the DPs are likely to hold an upper hand this weekend, but that shouldn’t count out the pair of Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03bs, or OAK Racing’s Morgan-Nissan from being in the mix.
Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown are fresh off a breakthrough first win in Monterey, while ESM’s No. 1 entry of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel showed strong pace at Long Beach before running out of fuel late in the race.