IMSA: Titles on the line at Petit Le Mans

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Heading into the season finale of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, there’s several titles to sort out at Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the 10-hour enduro on Saturday at Road Atlanta.

In Prototype, Action Express Racing’s pair of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi holds a 22-point lead over Jordan and Ricky Taylor. It would take something short of a miracle, or the No. 5 AXR Corvette DP falling out before either driver hits their minimum drive time, for them to fail to take the title.

Prototype Challenge saw Colin Braun and Jon Bennett clinch in the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09 at Circuit of the Americas. The pair seeks a sweep of all four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races, and will complete that with a win this weekend.

The GT Le Mans battle is fairly tight with Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer up seven points in their No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R over Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette Racing C7.R. However, what was meant to be straightforward fell by the wayside as Bomarito and Wittmer have been split up.

Wittmer moves to the No. 91 with Dominik Farnbacher switching to the No. 93. The move is a goal to get either of its drivers the driver’s championship.

Dane Cameron holds a four-point lead in GT Daytona over Leh Keen and Cooper MacNeil, the No. 94 Turner BMW Z4 GT3 ahead of the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America. Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler in the No. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 are also in with a shout, at seven points back.

The NAEC titles are also to be decided this weekend, although that is secondary to the overall championship.

Here’s the standings, the points breakdown and the entry list for this weekend’s race.

Tickets on sale for 2019 IndyCar race at Circuit of the Americas

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Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas March 22-24, 2019 and in grand Texas fashion, the series and track kicked off the sale with appearances by Simon Pagenaud and Colton Herta in San Antonio and Austin respectively.

The CoTA race will be the second race of the 2019 season.

Simon Pagenaud visited the Alamo as part of IndyCar’s announcement of ticket sales for next year’s IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas (Alison Narro – COTA)

The highly anticipated debut of IndyCar at CoTA adds another marquee event to the track’s schedule along with Formula 1, World Rallycross and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Pagenaud was joined by retired San Antonio Sours player Brent Barry and local businessman Red McCombs as they visited the Alamo and world famous McNay Art Museum.

This will be IndyCar’s first trip to the track, but Pagenaud came within one position of winning at Texas Motor Speedway in 2018. Driving for Team Penske, he started and second behind his teammate Josef Newgarden and finished a season-best second to Scott Dixon.

Pagenaud hopes to add to his current 11 victories after going winless in 2018.

Colton Herta, who will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar in 2019, made his presence known in the Gen-X capital of Austin, Texas (Alison Narro – COTA)

After visting San Antonio, focus shifted to Austin where Herta was joined by Jay Frye, President of Competition and Operations at IndyCar and Bobby Epstein, Chairman of Circuit of the Americas.

Herta took to the streets of Austin and visited the Texas State Capitol building as part of his tour.

Herta, who will turn 19-years-old the week after IndyCar visits CoTA, will campaign for Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. He has one previous start in the series at Sonoma this September. He qualified 19th and completed all 85 laps before finishing 20th in the 25-car field.

In 33 starts in Indy Lights competition, Herta has six wins, 20 podium finishes and nine poles.