DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – Performance Tech Motorsports for the first time will enter the final race weekend with the points lead and the potential to finish the season undefeated.
Performance Tech has won every race in the Prototype Challenge class schedule thus far. Its list of successes includes the previous three endurance races at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway and Watkins Glen International. The domination of endurance events let Performance Tech lock down the Tequila Patròn North American Championship earlier in the season.
The awards don’t stop with the wins. Qualifying expert James French has picked up six of the seven TOTAL Pole Awards for the PC class, the one that got away was Sebring International Raceway. French and teammate Patricio O’Ward have secured the PC drivers points championship together. French has also been named the recipient of the ExtremeSpirit Award Presented by Continental Tire for the PC class.
Not to be outdone, endurance driver Kyle Masson will take home his driver’s points championship award in the Mazda Prototype Challenge class of the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series. Masson will again pull double duty as he steps up to the plate as the third driver in the No. 38 NeuroSpine Institute PC while finishing the IMSA PC Presented by Mazda season.
Team Principal Brent O’Neill has tackled the season one race at a time, and the 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will be no different.
“We’ve been preparing for Road Atlanta; we’re not taking our position for granted,” O’Neill said. “We tested at Road Atlanta because Pato had never been there and we were preparing a few of the guys. We want to go into the weekend ready; we’re hoping for a clean sweep of the season because it’s never been done before. But we also don’t want to add any more pressure. If you do that you can put yourself in a position to make a mistake. So, we plan to do what we’ve done all year, no mistakes. It’s just one more race.”
An error-free Petit Le Mans would not only give Performance Tech and O’Neill the perfect season, but it would give the team its first PC team championship. Road Atlanta offers the team its last chance to do so as the PC car is effectively retired after the race.
The Motul Petit Le Mans weekend takes place Wednesday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 7, at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Qualifying takes place Friday, Oct. 6, at 4:20 p.m. ET with the PC class taking its turn at 5:10 p.m. The green flag drops Saturday, Oct. 7, for the 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans at 11:05 a.m., the race ends at 9:05 p.m. Fans can watch the start of the race live on FOX Sports 1 with FOX Sports 2 taking over the race at 11:30. The race can also be live streamed on IMSA.tv or listened to live on IMSA Radio.