The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda Series, which is enjoying its largest grid of Lites 1 class entries for Élan DP02 prototype cars in recent years, will maintain the same technical regulations as this year. The series will introduce paddle shifters before the end of the 2013 season, with full implementation slated for 2014. This technical update adds further relevance to the category as a gateway for career-minded racers seeking opportunities in the international prototype racing industry.
Earlier this season, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin streamlined its competition classifications to be consistent with the current structure for the U.S.-based Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. That structure will remain intact for 2014.
In addition, both series introduced a Masters Championship within each class in recognition of the growing driver diversity and competition. Next year will see the introduction of Porsche’s all new 911 GT3 Cup type 991 race car to headline the Platinum class for both series, while the Gold class will utilize the 2010-2013 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Ferrari Challenge will celebrate its 21st consecutive season of competition in North America next year. It is part of Ferrari’s worldwide Corse Clienti program for Ferrari 458 Challenge race cars, which compete together in 7-8 races per year in North and South America in conjunction with high-profile events like the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and Formula One events in the United States and Canada. A number of Ferrari Challenge participants have moved into higher levels of racing as both drivers and team owners over the years.
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, which made its North American debut last month at Lime Rock Park to positive reviews, is poised for growth in 2014 with 14 to 18 entries expected. A multi-driver format allows for a relatively low cost of entry and allows the opportunity for rookie drivers to work side-by-side with more veteran competitors during each event weekend’s two-race format.
“Ultimately, race fans love to watch race cars they can truly relate to, either as a car they can own – or aspire to own,” said Scot Elkins, the vice president of competition and technical regulations for IMSA. “That’s one outstanding aspect of our development and single-make series. Another is the competition itself which is door-to-door, lap after lap.”
Each series will provide event promoters with diverse and compelling content for complete IMSA-sanctioned event weekends with United SportsCar Racing as the headliner. Each series could also bring additional excitement to another major road course or street circuit event weekend in North America on occasion.