IMSA’s headlining class is speeding toward a
new set of regulations in 2017, and with entrants
in the Weather Tech SportsCar Championship’s
Prototype category readying themselves for a
busy 2016, part of the intrigue to follow will also
be found in the choices they make for the future.
Action Express Racing, Mazda Racing, Michael
Shank Racing, Visit Florida Racing, and Wayne
Taylor Racing are among the regular Prototype
competitors who will vie for the coveted Drivers’
and Teams’ championships this year, and with
unwavering participation from Chevrolet, Honda,
and Mazda expected in the Manufacturers’
championship, three titles are up for grabs.
Through its dominant Corvette Daytona
Prototype platform, Chevrolet has been the brand
to beat, and there’s every reason to believe the
Bowtie’s trio of title contenders will be chasing a
championship hat trick. With full-time drivers Joao
Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi at the controls,
AXR’s No. 5 Corvette DP emerged as the car to
beat in 2014, and followed it up in 2015 with
major victories at two of the four Tequila Patrón
North American Endurance Cup events, including
the season finale, to retain the Prototype crown.
AXR’s path to success was challenged by fellow
Corvette DP teams Visit Florida and WTR, but
according to its team manager, Gary Nelson, they
want nothing more than to repeat during the final
season of Daytona Prototypes.
ASSAULTON THE STATUS QUO
IS THIS THE YEAR THE P2 PLATFORM PUTS ONE OVER ON THE DPs?
Words by Marshall Pruett
Michael Shank Racing gets more
power in 2016, thanks to a bigger
Honda V6 turbo. They were often fast
in qualifying during 2015, but will they
be able to keep pace and win in 2016?
Action Express Racing is keeping its focus on
2016 in a bid to win a hat trick of titles.
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