IMSA: Ganassi holds on for COTA win; Viper, 8Star big winners

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Chip Ganassi Racing parlayed a two-stop strategy into victory at today’s Lone Star Le Mans, the penultimate round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas banked their third win of the season in the No. 01 Riley-Ford one where Pruett had to hold off Joao Barbosa and later Alex Brundle.

Brundle was a hard-luck second in the debuting No. 42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, co-driving with Gustavo Yacaman. Brundle nearly fought back to the win in what was an exciting finish, but came up about 2.3 seconds in arrears by the checkered flag.

Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi ended third in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

Sean Rayhall and Luis Diaz followed up their VIR win with another triumph in PC for 8Star Motorsports. Despite contact between Rayhall and Colin Braun, Braun and Jon Bennett were able to clinch the class championship in the No. 54 CORE autosport entry.

Dodge Viper was the big winner in GT, sweeping both GT Le Mans and GT Daytona.

The Jonathan Bomarito/Kuno Wittmer win in GTLM came courtesy of a loss of drive that took the No. 911 Porsche out of the lead, which had been driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Nick Tandy. It also propels the drivers of the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R into the class points lead.

Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating took the GTD win in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, following Bleekmolen’s late-race pass of Dane Cameron in the No. 300 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3.

Cameron fell to third behind Andy Lally in the Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America.

More to follow from Circuit of the Americas next week.