It was a Marathon, Not a Sprint
The first Lone Star Le Mans is in the books and what an exciting two days of racing it was at Circuit of The Americas! With 28 hours of racing action it seems impossible to recap each of the events that took place, but for you, I will give it a try! So, get ready, get set and let’s recap all of major events of the 2014 Lone Star Le Mans!
Tudor United Sportscar Championship
The No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won in the Prototype class on Saturday. The duo held off the No. 42 and No. 5 cars in the race's final laps.
Two victories occurred at this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans at COTA. While Sean Rayhall and Luis Diaz took their second consecutive Prototype Challenge victory in the No. 25 8Star Motorsports Takis/Speedsters ORECA FLM09, Colin Braun and Jon Bennett clinched the drivers’ championship with a second-place finish in the No. 54 CORE Autosport ORECA FLM09.
GT Le Mans (GTLM)
In GTLM, Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer held off SRT Motorsports teammates Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher and took their No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R to victory.
This was Bomarito and Wittmer’s second victory of the season, giving them the overall points lead over Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia heading into next month’s race at Road Atlanta.
GT Daytona (GTD)
It was a home win for Texas native Ben Keating as he joined co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen to win the GTD class at Lone Star Le Mans. Keating, who lives in nearby Tomball, Texas, had a strong hometown crowd in attendance for the race and he gave them something to cheer about!
The win was the second of the season for the No. 33 ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R team and the third podium in the last four races.
FIA World Endurance Championship
It was a great day to be an Audi as the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest trio of Marcel Fassier, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer won the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship at the Lone Star Le Mans.
The six-hour race at Circuit of The Americas endured a torrential downpour, which sent many of the cars skating off the circuit and interrupted the race for 55 minutes. After the restart, the cars battled it out under the lights for Circuit of The Americas’ first ever night event.
Rounding out the podium was the #1 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro team in second place and the pole sitting #8 Toyota TS 040-Hybrid team in third.
How to do Le Mans the Right Way
Circuit of The Americas Experiences guests enjoyed two-full days of hospitality inside the Paddock at Circuit of The Americas. With two, very long days of racing action and the unpredictable Texas weather, the COTA Experiences Hospitality Venue was an oasis to relax and escape from the elements.
Guests enjoyed a premium open bar for each race day with friendly bartenders ready to make their favorite drinks. Also included in the experience was food stations that seemed to be never ending during the two race days. With breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even an ice cream station on Saturday night, COTA Experiences guests never went hungry!
Hospitality venue guests were also greeted by AIM Autosport driver Townsend Bell, who held a Q&A session on both Friday and Saturday. Bell was joined by Ferrari North America’s Efrain Olivares and discussed the current state of sportscar driving and how he got started as a driver. He also took questions from our guests and stuck around for some personal photos and autographs.
See You Next Year, Austin
Couldn’t attend this year’s Lone Star Le Mans or you had so much fun you want to go next year? Get on the official call back list for next year’s event. You will be the first to know when Official Ticket Packages become available for the 2015 Lone Star Le Mans. Enjoy tickets to each race days, VIP hospitality, celebrity/driver meet-and-greets, and much more!