Wednesday
Oct042017

BAR 1 Motorsports Will Grid Two Cars at Petit Le Mans for the Final Running of Prototype Challenge Cars

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will fire the engines for the final time this season at Road Atlanta for the 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The final WeatherTech Championship race in the history of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class will see BAR1 Motorsports with two entries, the No. 20 Southwest Funding / One Capital ORECA with Don Yount, Daniel Burkett and 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice, and the No. 26 Top 1 Oil / Murder on the Orient Express ORECA with Garett Grist, Tomy Drissi and Jon Falb.

“We’re excited for the weekend,” said BAR1 owner, Brian Alder. “There’s a bit of a party atmosphere among the guys on the crew. We all have some great memories of campaigning these cars and we’re really looking forward to having our friends from Top 1 Oil along for the ride. We’ve put a special livery on the No. 26 car featuring Top 1 and their “Made in America” campaign… and they’re being joined by Murder on the Orient Express… a new movie coming to theaters November 10th.”

“Don [Yount] and Buddy [Rice] are back in the No. 20 Southwest Funding car, along with Daniel Burkett,” added Brian. “That car will also have a bit of new look, since Gas Monkey as updated some of their identity and packaging. We’ve been busy.”

The (LeMans) Prototype Challenge class debuted in 2010. The PC prototype chassis is built by French manufacturer Oreca and known as the FLM09. The PC race cars use Chevrolet’s naturally aspirated V8 6.2L LS3 engine, although race modified, it's the very same engine that powers the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro. The cars feature a full carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes and an Xtrac sequential gearbox with paddle shifting. The cars weigh in at a mere 900 kilograms and can reach speeds of 175+ mph.

“Obviously, we think it’s a shame these cars are going away,” said Alder. “There were times over the past seven years where the PC class provided positive numbers to entry list and some extremely close and exciting racing on the track. As a team, we were proud to be part of it.”

In 2013 BAR1 ended season with three consecutive victories, including two double podiums. The team was second in 2013 PC team championship while Chris Cumming took second in driver championship.

BAR 1 is currently sitting second and third in the 2017 Championship run.

“We’re still putting the finishing touches on our 2018 plans,” added Alder. “Our goal is to continue competing in the WeatherTech Championships. Hopefully, we’ll make an official announcement shortly.”

Practice for the WeatherTech Championship Motul Petit Le Mans gets under way Thursday, Oct. 5 with a one-hour session beginning at 11:10 a.m. ET. Thursday’s activities will include three WeatherTech Championship practice sessions, the second running from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. ET and night practice from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET.

Friday’s schedule calls for an hour-long practice session beginning at 11:40 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying, which begins at 4:20 p.m. ET. Saturday’s race day schedule includes a warm-up session from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m., with the green flag scheduled to fall on the Motul Petit Le Mans at 11:05 a.m. ET.

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