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Entry List: Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown

The entry list is out for this weekend’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Circuit of the Americas.  40 teams in the four classes are currently entered in the event.

The Prototype class has the same ten entries from Long Beach with only a couple of driver changes of note.  Tom Kimber-Smith is out of the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217-Gibson in order to be with his mother, who is fighting cancer.  Marco Bonanomi will drive in Kimber-Smith’s place.  José Gutierrez returns to the car to replace William Owen, who made his IMSA debut at Long Beach.

Prototype Challenge will have four cars battling for the class honors.  Starworks Motorsport’s No. 8 does not have a confirmed driver lineup as of yet.  BAR1 Motorsport’s No. 26 has just recently indicated that they will run Nick Boulle and Stefan Wilson in the car this week.  For Wilson, COTA will be his IMSA debut.  Boulle has three previous starts in the PC class.  His most recent start was Daytona back in January, where he was part of the winning PC lineup for Performance Tech Motorsports.

GT Le Mans has the same nine entries from Long Beach.  There is one driver change of note, and that is because of the conflict this weekend with the FIA World Endurance Championship in Belgium.  Kevin Estre is due to drive the No. 92 Porsche in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francochamps on Sunday.  As a result, Wolf Henzler has been called up from The Racers Group to replace Estre.

In GT Daytona, there are 17 entries and a few driver changes.  Much like with Henzler, Alegra Motorsports’ Michael Christensen will also be in Belgium this weekend to drive the No. 92 Porsche.  Christensen has been replaced by Mathieu Jaminet of France.  Jaminet is part of the Porsche Junioren, a group of young drivers employed by Porsche and placed with various teams.  Jaminet, who will make his IMSA debut this weekend, will be the third of the four Junioren drivers to compete in GT Daytona this year (Sven Müller and Matteo Cairoli are the others).

For SunEnergy1 Racing, Boris Said is not listed as part of the driving lineup this weekend.  Team owner Kenny Habul will share the No. 75 Mercedes with full-time driver Tristan Vautier.  Also, the Cresson, Tex.-based Lone Star Racing makes their return to the series this week with team owner Dan Knox and Mike Skeen driving.

Finally, as previously announced last week, The Racers Group is running New Braunfels, Tex.-based teenage racers Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker in the No. 991 Porsche.  For both drivers, COTA will mark their series debut and home race as New Braunfels is a 45 minute drive from the track.

Entry List: Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown

Prototype2 - Tequila Patron ESMRyan Dalziel
Scott Sharp
Nissan DPi
GT Le Mans3 - Corvette RacingAntonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Le Mans4 - Corvette RacingOliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
Prototype5 - Action Express RacingJoao Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prototype Challenge8 - Starworks MotorsportTBAORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
Prototype10 - Wayne Taylor RacingJordan Taylor
Ricky Taylor
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona14 - 3GT RacingSage Karam
Scott Pruett
Lexus RC F GT3
GT Daytona15 - 3GT RacingRobert Alon
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3
GT Daytona16 - Change RacingJeroen Mul
Corey Lewis
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Prototype Challenge20 - BAR1 MotorsportsBuddy Rice
Don Yount
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
Prototype22 - Tequila Patron ESMEd Brown
Johannes van Overbeek
Nissan DPi
GT Le Mans24 - BMW Team RLLJohn Edwards
Martin Tomczyk
GT Le Mans25 - BMW Team RLLBill Auberlen
Alexander Sims
Prototype Challenge26 - BAR1 MotorsportsNick Boulle
Stefan Wilson
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
GT Daytona28 - Alegra MotorsportsDaniel Morad
Mathieu Jaminet
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Prototype31 - Action Express RacingDane Cameron
Eric Curran
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona33 - Riley MotorsportsJeroen Bleekemolen
Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype Challenge38 - Performance Tech MotorsportsJames French
Patricio O'Ward
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
GT Daytona48 - Paul Miller RacingBryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona50 - Riley Motorsports/WeatherTech RacingGunnar Jeannette
Cooper MacNeil
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype52 - PR1/Mathiasen MotorsportsMarco Bonanomi
José Gutierrez
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GT Daytona54 - CORE autosportJon Bennett
Colin Braun
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Prototype55 - MazdaJonathan Bomarito
Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P
GT Daytona57 - Stevenson MotorsportsLawson Aschenbach
Andrew Davis
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans62 - Risi CompetizioneGiancarlo Fisichella
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GT Daytona63 - Scuderia CorsaAlessandro Balzan
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GT3
GT Le Mans66 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingJoey Hand
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GT Le Mans67 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingRyan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
Prototype70 - MazdaTom Long
Joel Miller
Mazda RT24-P
GT Daytona73 - Park Place MotorsportsJörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona75 - SunEnergy1 RacingKenny Habul
Tristan Vautier
Mercedes-AMG GT3
GT Daytona80 - Lone Star RacingDan Knox
Mike Skeen
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype85 - JDC/Miller MotorSportsMikhail Goikhberg
Stephen Simpson
ORECA 07-Gibson
GT Daytona86 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianOswaldo Negri Jr.
Jeff Segal
Acura NSX GT3
Prototype90 - Visit Florida RacingMarc Goossens
Renger van der Zande
Riley Mk. 30-Gibson
GT Daytona93 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAndy Lally
Katherine Legge
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona96 - Turner MotorsportBret Curtis
Jens Klingmann
GT Le Mans911 - Porsche GT TeamPatrick Pilet
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Le Mans912 - Porsche GT TeamWolf Henzler
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Daytona991 - The Racers GroupParker Chase
Harry Gottsacker
Porsche 911 GT3 R

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

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