36 teams are entered in Saturday’s Road America 120 for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The race is scheduled to go for two hours, but last year’s race was shortened due to lightning.
The headlining Grand Sport has 25 entries, up from 20 at Lime Rock. In that group are quite a few changes.
At Multimatic Motorsports, Ty Majeski is back in the No. 15 Ford Mustang GT4 for his home race alongside Scott Maxwell. As noted in his interview with Frontstretch, Chase Briscoe has only one more race in the No. 15 this season. That will be at Road Atlanta in October.
Automatic Racing, which ran only one Aston Martin at Lime Rock, has entered three cars for Road America. The No. 9 that debuted at Watkins Glen and crashed out on the first lap is back. Longtime teammates Craig Lyons and Kris Wilson, who started the year at Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport, will drive. Wilson debuted with the team at Lime Rock in the No. 99. Rob Ecklin Jr., with whom Wilson shared the No. 99 at Lime Rock, will move over to the No. 09. He’ll partner up with a currently unannounced driver. In the No. 99 will be Dr. Ramin Abdolvahabi, who has driven the No. 09 this season. He’ll be joined by John Allen, who previously raced in Pirelli World Challenge’s TC class last season in an Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport for BERG Racing.
Stephen Cameron Racing has entered two completely different cars. The full-time No. 19 BMW M4 GT4 will be driven by regulars Ari Balogh and Greg Liefooghe. In addition, the team has entered the Mercedes-AMG GT4 that they started the season with. That car will be shared by Henry Schmitt and Chris Miller. Schmitt races regularly in Pirelli World Challenge, while Miller is part-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He co-drove the winning ORECA 07-Gibson in the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen in July.
Indy Dontje is not entered in Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s No. 57 Mercedes this week due to a conflict. As a result, Christian Hohenadel will make his series debut in his place. Hohenadel is a veteran of VLN (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring), a series of endurance races held on the Nordschleife in Germany. He has extensive experience in GT3 equipment, including winning the FIA GT3 Championship in 2010.
In TCR, only six cars are currently entered after a season-high 10 contested the Lime Rock Park 120. Both of the entries under the Strom umbrella (Strom Motorsports and Roadshagger Racing) are not entered, along with the regularly appearing entries from RS Werkes Racing and Rumcastle LLC. That leaves six Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport chassis to battle it out. Two cars from eEuroparts.com Racing, three from Compass Racing, and one from JDC-Miller MotorSports. JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson are coming off their first victory at Lime Rock, so they’ll have some momentum going into the race.
Street Tuner has only five entries. The Riley Racing Mazda MX-5 is not entered, so it is just the five full-time operations (three MINIs, the BimmerWorld BMW 328i and the Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman) that will duke it out. There are no driver changes of note.
IMSA CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTSCAR CHALLENGE ROAD AMERICA 120 ENTRY LIST
The Road America 120 is scheduled to go green at 5:05 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The race will be streamed live at IMSA.com and FansChoice.tv.
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