Porsche, on their factory return to
North American sports car racing,
took a class win in the ultra-competitive GTLM class. The slogan
on the cars featured the phrase
“Mission 2014. Our Return” and they
certainly did that in the appropriately
numbered 911 car driven by Nick
Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Ricard Leitz. It
was a hard fought victory with the
runner-up No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE
finishing on the same lap.
It was a dual victory of sorts. The
factory Porsche effort is run by CORE
autosport who also took victory in the
PC class thanks to the drive of Jon
Bennet, Colin Braun, James Gue and
Mark Wilkins. The team is one for one
in 24 hour races.
The overall win went to the
Action Express Racing Corvette of
Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi
and Sébastien Bourdais. The sister
Action Express car with brothers
Burt and Brian Frisselle along with
John Martin and Fabien Giroix
finished third. Wayne Taylor’s outfit
finished second with sons Jordan
and Ricky co-driving with Max
Angelelli. Taylor himself came out
of semi-retirement to drive a couple
stints. It was a Corvette DP sweep of
the podium in a hard-fought battle
that had all three cars finishing on
the lead lap.
There were a couple of blemishes
on an otherwise outstanding event.
Memo Gidley lived through a
horrifying accident. The affable
driver faces a long road back to full
recovery, but full recovery
nonetheless is anticipated.
Thankfully Matteo Malucelli, whose
disabled Ferrari Gidley’s Gainsco
Daytona Prototype struck, came
away with only minor injuries.
ON THE TRACK, THERE
WAS ACTION APLENTY
The No. 02 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley-Ford
and the Weathertech GTD Porsche race into the dawn.
THE FIRST TUDOR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE