Prototype Points Race Down to the Wire

Action Express Racing

Action Express Racing (front) leads Wayne Taylor Racing on this lap from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and in the Prototype point standings, as well, entering the final three races of the season. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

It’s getting down to crunch time for competitors battling for the title in the Prototype class of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Only two races will remain following Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi used their victory in the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to regain the points lead.  The co-drivers of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette hold a two-point lead (249-247) over brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.

This is the first time since early May that the Taylors have not been atop the Prototype standings.

"It was a lot of pressure leading the points," Ricky Taylor said.  "The Action Express Corvette was the stronger car at Indy and they took the lead, partly due to our misfortune at the start of the race.  But now, we're on the offensive and they have all the pressure to hold us off.  We have three races to go and we’ll be running on tracks where I feel we will be very strong.  I'm excited to be the ones putting the pressure on.  Our team has been solid this year and Action Express will have to be thinking about beating our car every weekend.  We will not give them a break."

Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook of Spirit of Daytona Racing are third in Prototype with 238 points followed by Gustavo Yacaman at 232.

"With so few races left, we have to keep pushing hard to close the gap in points," Valiante said of his team's 11-point deficit.

Teammate Westbrook breaks down the mammoth four-mile natural circuit that is Road America.

"We've always had good pace in Elkhart Lake, but 'Lady Luck' has not been on our side the last two years," he said.  "Road America has a bit of everything, slow-speed and high-speed corners.  Good aero balance is key but it's very hard on the tires.  With our recent strong runs, we're in the title hunt.  So another podium will be needed to stay in contention."

Also still in title contention with 225 points is Scott Pruett, whose up-and-down season has included victories at Sebring and Long Beach with a second at Indianapolis; but three mid-year finishes of eighth or worse.  He will be rejoined this weekend by Memo Rojas in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing entry.

GT Le Mans, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes have three races remaining following this weekend.  Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen saw their four-race winning streak end last month at Indy, but they continue to lead the GTL standings by 13 points (219-206) over Brickyard Grand Prix winners Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer.

Early-season leaders Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx are now third with 197 points.  They're followed by Dominic Farnbacher and Marc Goossens, with the tandem of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner right behind.

Colin Braun and Jon Bennett have won four races and scored 200 points in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 in Prototype Challenge.  They hold a 44-point advantage over Starworks Motorsport driver Mirco Schultis with Renger van der Zande third at 153 points.

Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler continue to pace the GTD standings after opening the year with a class victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and second place at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.  The drivers of the No. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia have a nine-point lead (193-184) over Leh Keen and Cooper MacNeil.

Coming off a runner-up finish at Indianapolis, Bryce Miller and Christopher Haase are now third with 183 points – two more than Andy Lally and John Potter.

Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of Sunday's Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from Road America beginning at 2 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.

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