United SportsCar Championship gets 13 Prototype entries for 2014

A total of 13 full-season entries have been received for the Prototype class of next year's inaugural United SportsCar Championship

United SportsCar Championship gets 13 Prototype entries for 2014

The entry in the top category of the the 11-round series is split between six upgraded Daytona Prototypes, five LMP2s, the works DeltaWing and one team that has yet to specify which kind of car it will run.

There are a further four entries in the P class for the four-race North American Endurance Championship, which includes the season-opening Daytona 24 Hours on January 25-26.

The numbers are comparable to the entry for last year's Rolex-sponsored Grand-Am series, which has merged with the American Le Mans Series to create the USC for 2014.

The DP entry at Daytona in 2013 was 16 cars, while 14 were present at the season-closing Lime Rock round.

Scott Atherton, boss of the USC sanctioning body IMSA, said: "Our Prototype class showcases the merger of the ALMS and the Rolex series with a variety of terrific cars from both series, in addition to a few new entries."

Five-time Grand-Am champion team Chip Ganassi Racing returns with a solo Riley-Ford DP entered for all 11 rounds, as does 2012 Daytona winner Michael Shank Racing.

Ganassi will, as usual, field an extra car in the enduros that make up the NAEC.

Chevrolet is represented by Grand-Am stalwarts Wayne Taylor Racing, Action Express and Spirit of Daytona with Corvette-bodied DPs.

The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team, Grand-Am champion in 2007 and '09, has not made a full-season entry and will compete only in the four enduros at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Indianapolis with its Corvette DP.

OAK LEADS LMP2 CONTENDERS

The French OAK Racing team has bolstered the P class with a solo LMP2 entry alongside the two-car entries from the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD team and the SpeedSource squad with a pair of factory-backed turbodiesel Lola-Mazdas.

OAK will run one of its open-top Morgan-Nissan LMP2s before its Ligier-badged coupe comes on stream during the course of the season.

Pickett Racing, overall winner of the ALMS for the past two seasons, has been granted an entry for the full season in the P2 class but has yet to announce the car it will run.

8Star Motorsports has abandoned plans to mount an attack on the P class with one DP and one LMP2, although it is on the reserve list, and will concentrate on a two-car entry in the Prototype Challenge class alongside team boss Enzo Potolicchio's continued involvement in the World Endurance Championship.

Twelve cars will contest the PC category for the one-make ORECA-Chevrolet FLM09.

Chevrolet, SRT/Viper, BMW, Porsche and Ferrari are all represented on the 10-car full-season entry for the GT Le Mans category, formerly GT in the ALMS.

There are 28 cars registered for the GT Daytona division, formerly Grand-Am's GT class, including two for the NAEC and one for Daytona only.

The combined entry for Daytona next month is 68 cars, the largest field since 2007.

Prototype class: # Team Car 0 DeltaWing Racing Cars DeltaWing DWC13 1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b/Honda 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley* 2 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b/Honda 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP 6 Pickett Racing TBA 07 SpeedSource Mazda SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP* 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP 31 Marsh Racing Corvette DP 42 OAK Racing Morgan/Nissan 50 Highway To Help Dinan/Riley* 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley 70 SpeedSource Mazda SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel 90 Spirit Of Daytona Corvette DP 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP* Reserves: 03 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP 78 Starworks Motorsport Riley DP 15 Project Libra Radical Prototype challenge class: 7 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09 8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09 08 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 09 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 25 8Star Motorsports ORECA FLM09 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA FLM09 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 87 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 88 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 551 Level 5 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 552 Level 5 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 Reserves: 12 Pickett Racing ORECA FLM09 85 JDC/Miller ORECA FLM09 GT Le Mans class: 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 55 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE 56 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 Italia* 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R 93 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R 97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vatage V8* 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GT Daytona class: 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage 009 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche GT America 19 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche GT America 20 GB Autosport Porsche GT America 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT America 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche GT America 27 Dempsey Racing Porsche GT America 28 Dempsey Racing Porsche GT America 30 NGT Motorsport Porsche GT America 32 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS 33 Riley Motorsports SRT Viper GT3-R 35 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT America 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS 46 Fall-Line Motorsports Audi R8 LMS 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS 49 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia* 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia* 58 Snow Racing Porsche GT America 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT America 72 SMP/ESM Racing Ferrari 458 Italia** 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche GT America 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia TBA TBA TBA Reserves: 29 Konrad Racing Porsche GT America 556 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia 65 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia 75 SMP Ferrari 458 Italia * NAEC rounds only * Daytona only 
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