Gallery: TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

I had mixed feelings about the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s return to Laguna Seca. While I will jump at any chance to see racecars driven in anger, the lack of LMP2 entrants was a big disappointment.

With Extreme Speed Motorsports making the understandable choice to focus on the WEC and Le Mans, the Ligier JS P2 of Michael Shank Racing was the sole P2 car in the field.

That dead horse aside, qualifying was frantic for all four classes. Multiple contacts and overtaking made the PC session look more like the last lap of a 4 hour race than qualifying. The race was fantastic in the Prototype and GTD classes. The chase between Spirit of Daytona and Wayne Taylor Racing was flat out with traffic forcing the drivers into making some very committed moves, losing paint and carbon fiber in the process.

Kudos to the drivers, and officials, for keeping the course green as much as possible. Many predicted that running all four classes together would result in lots of time spent under yellow. I’m glad that this wasn’t the case.