United SportsCar Classes 101: Who Doesn’t Like Pictures Stories?

United SportsCar Championship Circuit As many of you may know by now, Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA) will be hosting the all new Lone Star Le Mans on Sept. 19-20, and we are more excited than if it were our last day of high school! But first, let’s set the stage before flipping through our car classes’ picture book.

The Lone Star Le Mans will feature one of the largest collections of world-class, professional sports car teams and drivers assembled to race in North America on one day – yes, our mouths are wide open too, but just you wait! Up to 180 unique sports cars will be on track throughout the weekend, with hottie and famous TV star Patrick Dempsey driving one of them...pictures too follow for you ladies.

Breaking it Down

IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) states: “The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™ features two (2) styles of cars, Prototype and GT (Grand Touring) –this is VERY important to understand. Each style of car has two (2) classes, Pro and Pro-Am, meaning there are four (4) classes of racing on track together, each with their own battle for the lead.”

Pro (Red) & Pro-Am (Blue)

The Pro classes usually feature a professional driver line-up, while the Pro-Am classes pair a professional driver and amateur driver. To help fans identify car classes, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship created a new color system for 2014.

A Pro class is designated by RED markings on the number panel, mirror, windscreen banner, rear wing end plate, class decal and leader light. The Pro-Am class is designated by BLUE markings in the same locations.

Class Specifications

Prototype (P)

The Prototype (P) class is made up of the fastest and most technologically advanced cars in North America. Their design was engineered for hardcore horsepower and to look extremely different than any other race car or car in general.

TOP SPEED: 190 mph
HORSEPOWER: 450-600
CARS: Corvette DP, DeltaWing DWC 13, HPD ARX-03b, ORECA, Mazda, Riley DP
TRACTION CONTROL: Permitted

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Prototype Challenge (PC)

The Prototype Challenge (PC) class is a spec class featuring open-cockpit race cars and technology such as a carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes and sequential gearbox.

TOP SPEED: 175 mph
HORSEPOWER: 430
CARS: ORECA FLM09
TRACTION CONTROL: Not permitted

PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE

PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE

GT Le Mans (GTLM)

The GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars are the most elite and fastest GT cars on the track. They are based on production models and are engineered to extract the maximum performance possible. The class serves as a true proving ground for leading manufacturers such as BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, and SRT.

TOP SPEED: 180
HORSEPOWER: 500
CARS: SRT Viper GTS-R, Porsche 911 RSR, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, Aston Martin Vantage V8, BMW Z4 GTE, Ferrari F458 GT
TRACTION CONTROL: Not permitted

GT LE MANS

GT LE MANS

GT LE MANS

GT Daytona (GTD)

The GT Daytona cars are enhanced (not defined by) technology. They are also based on production model cars but do not feature the same level of aerodynamics and power as the GTLM class cars. The GTD class consists of cars from the GRAND-AM GT and ALMS GTC classes, as well as FIA GT3-spec cars.

TOP SPEED: 180
HORSEPOWER: 450
CARS: Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 LMS, BMW Z4, Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 911 GT America, 
TRACTION CONTROL: Not permitted

GT DAYTONA

GT DAYTONA

GT DAYTONA

So how can fans and teams determine the positions with so many cars on the track? –The Leader Light System!

Leader Light System

For starters, this is a truly genius idea on the TUDOR’s behalf. To help fans follow the action on the track, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship introduced a “revolutionary and state-of-the-art Leader Light System” for the 2014 season.

The new system allows fans to easily identify the position of each car in its respective class. With so many different cars racing together, at one time, things get confusing quick. The position of the car is displayed on an LED panel mounted on the side of the car near the rear. The color of the LED number corresponds with the red (Pro) and blue (Pro-Am) colors utilized in both the Prototype and GT style of cars.

See it all LIVE!

Through Circuit of The Americas Experiences, you will be in the heart of the action for this event’s first appearance in Austin, all taking place in the same weekend. Between the heart-stopping views, gourmet foods, paddock tours, and pit lane walks, you’ll be in a racing oasis! Book your Official Ticket Package today, what are you waiting for?

 

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