When the checkered flag was dropped for rain after seven hours and fifty minutes of the scheduled 10-hour 2015 Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda, Nick Tandy, driving the No. 911 Michelin shod GTLM Porsche, had rewritten history.
Tandy’s win at Road Atlanta, is the first overall victory for a GT car in the history of the 18 year-old race. Furthermore, it is the first in a major endurance race since 2003, when Kevin Buckler, with Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister, won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, defeating the then new, Daytona Prototypes… much to the chagrin of the car’s developers and the series organizers.
Tandy, with Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz as his co-drivers at Petit, also was the overall winner in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.That victory, however, came aboard a Porsche Prototype.
The No. 5 Action Express Corvette was the Prototype winner of Petit Le Mans. Regular drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi repeated as season champions. Sebastien Bourdais was on hand for the endurance races, all three of the drivers won the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
In the Prototype Challenge division, the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen entry of Mike Guasch, Tom Kimber-Smith and Andrew Palmer, took the race win and the Patron North American Endurance Cup title.
The GT Daytona win went to the No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT America of Patrick Lindsey, Madison Snow and Spencer Pumpelly, their second of the season.
In 2016 the series becomes the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Tudor will assume a long-term role as a presenting sponsor. The Rolex 24 at Daytona will kick off the 2016 season January 30-31, at Daytona International Speedway. Sports car fans will be the first to experience the speedway’s $400 million Daytona Rising renovation.