Tudor USCC: Porsche 911 GT America Dominates At Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Today’s race of the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was beset by difficulty – including unpredictable, sporadic rain which made the track slick for the last hour of the 100-minute event.

Nonetheless, a Porsche 911 GT America managed to make the best of the conditions, and topped the GT Daytona podium after the checkered flag. That car was the No. 23 Porsche of Alex Job Racing, in the hands of starting driver Ian James, and Mario Farnbacher.

Of course, exactly half of the GT Daytona field today was made up of Porsche 911 GT Americas, so the odds naturally favored a Porsche win. Five different manufacturers made up the other half of the field.

Meanwhile, in the Daytona Prototype class, we had hoped to see a strong finish at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on behalf of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost car. Unfortunately, a win wasn’t in the cards, and the EcoBoost placed fourth in the DP class after a fairly uneventful bid. Driving the car were Joey Hand (starting), and Scott Pruett (finishing). Both first and third places were taken by Corvette DP race cars, while second was claimed by the No. 60 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2.

Next on the agenda for the 2015 IMSA Tudor USCC series is Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen, at Watkins Glen International. That race will take place on Saturday, the 28th of June.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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