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2016 Anthem Annual Feb Web PDF

Action Express Racing’ No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP hopes to win its third consecutive Prototype (P) class championship this year. The 2016 IMSA season — the fi rst for WeatherTech as the series’ sponsor — will begin at Daytona International Speedway for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona. and 488 GT3, joining the returning Dodge Viper GT3-R. While rules for both Prototype classes are relatively unchanged, that class enters a new era in 2017 with the debut of the P2-based DPi. Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa defended their Prototype title in a tight battle that went all the way down to the wire in 2015, pulling out the championship by winning the season-ending Petit Le Mans in the Action Express Racing No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP. The pair return in 2016, joined by sports car legend Scott Pruett and Felipe Albuquerque at the Rolex 24. Major changes in the Prototype ranks include the addition of two new drivers for Visit Florida Racing, with Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens co-driving the No. 90 Corvette DP, Mazda Motorsports moving to a new gasoline-powered engine for its Prototype, and Sean Rayhall joining Katherine Legge for a full season with the DeltaWing DWC13. In GT Le Mans (GTLM), Porsche’s Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet won four of the fi nal fi ve races to take the title in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, with Pilet winning the driver’s championship. For 2016, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing joins the class with the Ford GT and a two-car lineup that features drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook. Scuderia Corsa joins Risi Competizione by fi elding the new Ferrari 488 GTE. GTD saw Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler win at VIRginia International Raceway and win the crown in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia. The pair move to Lamborghini in 2016, joining O’Gara Motorsport in a Huracán GT3. Paul Miller Racing also moves to Lamborghini, joined by Change Racing. Stevenson Motorsport takes its Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship-winning team to GTD, running a pair of Audi R8 LMS GT3s for GS champs Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis. Also moving to Audi is veteran Magnus Racing with John Potter and Andy Lally. Turner Motorsport steps up to a two-car effort with the new BMW M6, while Christina Nielsen — who came up short in a bid to win the 2015 title — is partnered with Alessandro Balzan in a move to a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari. In Prototype Challenge (PC), CORE autosport repeated in the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 driven by Jon Bennett and Colin Braun. It was the team’s fi fth consecutive championship in the class, including three American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón titles. ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL 201


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