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TUDOR series hits Road America

One year ago, competitors in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Cars Series shared space in the paddock at Road America – the only time that happened in the histories of the respective series.

This weekend, they’ll be fighting for position on the racetrack as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship visits the historic 4.048-mile circuit for the first time.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase on Sunday will be the 10th race of the inaugural season for the unified series. The event will showcase all four TUDOR Championship classes – Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD).

“Road America is really challenging, and makes for some of the best racing in the TUDOR Championship,” said Andy Lally, who will drive the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America. “The long straightaways and hard braking zones give passing opportunities and drafting, while the long laps let teams strategize in different ways than from many of the tracks we visit. I’m coming off a seventh-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Road America a few weeks ago, and I’ve had a lot of fun racing there in the past.”

After taking its first ALMS victory at Road America last year, No. 91 SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R co-drivers Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens return this year looking to make it two in a row. Other 2013 ALMS winners included Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing (overall and P1); Simon Pagenaud and Scott Tucker for Level 5 Motorsports (P2); Bruno Junqueira and Duncan Ende for RSR Racing (PC); Nelson Canache Jr. and Spencer Pumpelly for Flying Lizard Motorsports (GTC).

The Rolex Series race saw Starworks Motorsport score the victory with Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer in the Daytona Prototype class, while Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana won for Turner Motorsport in GT and Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez captured GX for SpeedSource.

The ALMS raced at Road America from 2002 through 2013, while the Rolex Series competed in 2000-01 and 2011-13. In addition to the ALMS races, the International Motor Sports Association also sanctioned the Camel GT events from 1979 through 1993.

Road America’s tradition dates back to 1950, when the first of three annual races was held in the village of Elkhart Lake. The permanent circuit was carved out of 525 acres of farmland and has been virtually unchanged since the first event in 1955, won by future Formula One world champion Phil Hill.