for your iPhone
for your iPad
Tudor USCC

Classes

Prototype (P)

Prototype Challenge(PC)

GT Le Mans (GTLM

GT Daytona (GTD)

USCC Point Standings
Final 2016
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
Dan Gurney DeltaWing Q and A

Gurney's All American Racers will build radical car
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Advertisement

AJ Foyt (L) and Dan Gurney (R) at Indy in 1965.  They later would share a car to win the 1967 24 Hours of LeMans
American racing legend Dan Gurney played a key role in changing the face of the Indianapolis 500 in the 60s when he convinced Colin Chapman to bring the rear-engined Lotus to the Speedway.

Now nearly 50 years later, Gurney is part of the consortium aiming to encourage major change in the automotive world with the scheduled debut of the DeltaWing car at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Gurney’s All American Racers will build the DeltaWing prototype designed by Ben Bowlby.

Gurney, Bowlby and the man charged with running the unique machine in France, Highcroft Racing’s Duncan Dayton, all met at AAR’s California headquarters last week to finalize design aspects and begin construction of the new machine.

The DeltaWing car is unlike anything previously seen on the international motor racing stage. The car features an extremely narrow front track and thin nose providing outstanding straight-line aerodynamic performance from its small 1.6 liter turbocharged engine.

Featuring half the weight, half the horsepower, half the aerodynamic drag, and half the fuel and tire consumption of a traditional Le Mans prototype sportscar, the DeltaWing car will occupy the additional 56th garage at Le Mans – an entry reserved for a car featuring new technical innovation.

Project 56 - Delta Wing

The Project 56 group features DeltaWing Racing Cars handling the design, Highcroft Racing managing the project and running the race team, All American Racers building the prototype and American Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz’s Elan Motorsport Technologies handling ongoing car production.

The group not only aims for the DeltaWing to inspire change in the motorsport world, but for the car to be a catalyst for the adoption of light-weight, extremely efficient road cars which minimize the use of natural resources.

Innovation might actually be Gurney’s middle name – not only did he mastermind the Lotus/Ford rear engine assault at Indy, he became the only American driver to take his own chassis to Formula 1 victory with the Eagle Mk1 in Belgium in 1967 and created the “gurney flap” – a small lip on the back of racing car wings that provide extra downforce with minimal cost of extra drag.

He also was the first man to spray champagne on the podium after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans with AJ Foyt in 1967 – a tradition now adopted by winning drivers around the world.


Q: HOW DID YOUR ASSAULT IN THE 60s ON THE INDY 500 WITH THE REAR-ENGINED LOTUS COME ABOUT?
A
: “I was racing in Europe quite a lot in the late 50s/early 60s and had seen the end of the front-engine Formula 1 era and the transition to the rear-engined car.
“It was certainly a more efficient package and John Cooper really led the transition with Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren as his drivers.
“It was obvious to me that once that transition had taken place in Europe, it was going to happen at the Indy 500.
“If it was going to happen no matter what, I thought I had better be part of it.
“The most innovative guy from a design perspective back then was Colin Chapman. I offered to pay his way to come to Indy in 1962 for my first Indy 500 where I drove Mickey Thompson’s rear-engined car.
“He agreed to come over and we then had an introduction to Ford and that is how the Lotus-Ford assault began in 1963 with myself as a teammate to Jim Clark.”

Q: NOT EVERYONE WELCOMED THAT DRAMATIC CHANGE BACK IN THE 60s. DO YOU SEE SOME SIMILARITIES TO FANS REACTION TO THE DELTAWING?
A:
“When you have established favorites like the front-engined roadsters and all of a sudden a major change happens, it is human nature to probably be a little unhappy about it .
“People don’t always welcome change, especially when you have a home team attitude and here comes a group from somewhere else who had the capability to beat your guys.
“That had all the ingredients of a pretty bitter rivalry and of course the track owners loved it because the fans went crazy over it.
“If our initial predictions for the performance of the DeltaWing are correct there is a possibility we may something pretty similar.”

Q: YOU HAVE INFLUENCED SOME MAJOR CHANGES IN THE SPORT OVER THE YEARS. DO YOU SEE A SIMILAR OPPORTUNITY WITH THE DELTAWING?
A:
“If there is something that can be a turning point in something like motor racing, then obviously it is very nice to be a part of that.
“I’m sure Ben (Bowlby) and Duncan (Dayton) feel the same way as well.
“We’d all like be mentioned in the history books in a positive way.  I suppose I played a part in the transition that happened in Indy in the 60s and it is great to have this opportunity to be involved with something so different like the DeltaWing.”

Q: HOW SIGNIFICANT COULD THIS CAR BE IN CHANGING THE FACE OF THE SPORT?
A:
“The ACO (Le Mans organizers – the Automobile Club de l'Ouest) having the foresight and wisdom and come up with the concept of the 56th garage is certainly the key to us having this opportunity.
“They should certainly be applauded and congratulated for that and we are certainly very appreciative for being selected.
“Rules that take away your freedom to innovate and compete are almost like a parasite on a tree.  If it goes too far, the parasite dies along with the tree.
“I’m certainly an advocate of freedom in the rules.  In many cases series organizers like coming up with new rules and restrictions to slow things down and it ends up hurting things.
“There is a huge effort towards things like electrical cars which is very attractive to our political leaders and obviously attracts a lot of financial support and subsidies.
“Efficiencies however, are not only available through electric powered vehicles. “Having grown up with the internal combustion engine running on gasoline or diesel, it was really like having a magic carpet and you could go anywhere you wanted.
“In the case of the DeltaWing, the shape of the car, the weight, the efficiencies, the technology – you have a car which remains an extremely viable option.
“That part I like a lot and I am very proud to be a part of this project as I believe the principles of the DeltaWing can also inspire the type of cars we drive on the road in the future.”

Q: AAR HAS BEEN A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE SPORT FOR MANY YEARS. HOW EXCITED IS YOUR TEAM TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT?
A
: “My son Justin is now CEO of All American Racers and the staff erupted into a spontaneous cheer when he told them about the project.
“They think it is a fantastic opportunity and all of our people are 100 percent behind it.”

Q: YOU HAVEN’T BEEN BACK TO THE LE MANS RACE SINCE WINNING IN 1967. HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO RETURN WITH THE DELTAWING?
A:
“I have great memories from the race in 1967 and I still have the champagne bottle that I sprayed everybody with on the podium after the race.
“It was a huge achievement to win that race with AJ.  The 24 Hours of Le Mans was a very big race in those days and it continues to be so today.
“If we are able to demonstrate similar performance and efficiency with the DeltaWing that we did with the Ford MK-IV it would certainly be a great achievement.
“I had no idea at the time when I first sprayed the champagne that that it would become a tradition in the sport all these years later.

Q: THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS IS LESS THAN A YEAR AWAY NOW. HOW IS WORK PROGRESSING WITH THE INITIAL DELTAWING PROTOTYPE?
A:
“We’ve had a very productive time last week with Ben and Duncan here with us at AAR and we were able to make some great progress with the car’s design details.
“The entire Project 56 program has hit the ground running.  There are a lot of people involved in the project but we all have a tremendous passion for making this happen.
“It really has become a very cohesive group. We have a large group of very talented people involved but everyone is working very well together.”

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article