Alvaro Parente won Pirelli World Challenge’s
GT crown with an assist from outgoing
champ Johnny O’Connell, whose nudge of
Patrick Long in the finale let Parente by – for
the race win, after a penalty to O’Connell.
MUCH STRANGER THINGS TO COME?
Sports car racing has long been at the
forefront of technological development,
but how far can it go? That was the broad
question in a Michelin-sponsored design
contest to explore how cars might look at
Le Mans in 2030. If the winning entries
are right, the future will be wild indeed.
A panel of 11 voters, including
designers from BMW, Ford, General
Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot
Citroen, Nissan and Michelin, narrowed
the field before naming China’s Tao Ni
the winner for his shape-shifting Infiniti
(RIGHT). Other entries, including the
Cierzo C1 (LEFT) penned by Canada’s
Kurt Scanlan, were heralded by the
judges for incorporating ideas such
as autonomous driving technology,
batteries located inside wheel rims
and frictionless wheels.
Michelin’s latest design challenge,
which marked the 16th year of the
competition, attracted 9,901 entries
from 123 countries. Clearly, the
challenge of Le Mans still fires
engineers’ synapses the world over.
design drives itself
at night. But how
would the podium
Christina Nielsen is IMSA’s first
female champ, sharing GTD
title with Alessandro Balzan.
Nielsen tops the ratings
North American sports car racing is
also set for a paradigm shift in 2017
as IMSA’s new P2-derived Daytona
Prototype international (DPi) cars are
set to take over as the Weather Tech
SportsCar Championship’s top class. But
the venerable Daytona Prototypes they
will be replacing went out with a roar,
claiming championship honors at Road
Atlanta’s season-closing Petit Le Mans.
Action Express Racing added another
chapter to its illustrious history in IMSA’s
Prototype class after Dane Cameron and
Eric Curran secured the team’s third
consecutive championship with a
hard-fought fourth place. Each title,
including the 2014 and ’ 15 crowns for
Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in
the sister AXR entry, was earned using
Corvette Daytona Prototypes previously
raced in Grand Am prior to its merger
with IMSA’s ALMS for the 2014 season.
Two American teammates, driving a
Corvette-bodied, U.S.-built Coyote chassis
powered by a Chevrolet V8 engine, for
an American team – a fitting sendoff.
Sunset for IMSA’s Daytona Prototypes doesn’t mean they went gently into the night
GRAND AMERICAN EXIT
All the latest sports cars news at All-American Corvette DP carried Yanks
Curran and Cameron to the final title
for tubeframed Daytona Prototypes.