VP Fuels Front Runner Award First Half Recipients Recognized at Recent Events
Thursday, August 16, 2018

With the stretch run to the championship now under way in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the first-half recipients for the VP Racing Fuels Front Runner Awards in both series have recently been recognized. 

The awards, which are presented twice per season, are presented to the car in each WeatherTech Championship and Continental Tire Challenge class that have led the most laps in each race. The awards were presented by Donato Bonacquisto, director of marketing for VP Racing Fuels at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen for WeatherTech Championship recipients and at the recent Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America for Continental Tire Challenge competitors.

In the WeatherTech Championship, the Prototype class recipient was the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R shared by co-drivers Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque, which led the most laps in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and April’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. As a result, the No. 5 team from Action Express Racing earned a $5,000 fuel credit.

In the GTLM class, the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR shared by Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor led the way with the most laps led at Long Beach and May’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. In GTD, meanwhile, the award went to the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 driven full-time this season by Katherine Legge, which led the most laps en route to victory in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park in June when Legge partnered with Mario Farnbacher. 

Like the Prototype class recipients, both the No. 912 and No. 86 teams also received $5,000 in fuel credit each from Bonacquisto at Watkins Glen.

In the Continental Tire Challenge, the No. 60 Roush Performance/KohR Motorsports team of Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli brought home the $5,000 in fuel credit for the team by leading the most laps in the Grand Sport (GS) class at both Sebring International Raceway in March and at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month. 

The VP Racing Fuels Front Runner Award in the TCR class went to the No. 77 Compass Racing Audi R8 LMS TCR squad of Britt Casey Jr. and Tom Long, who combined to lead the most laps in the four-hour season opener at Daytona International Speedway in January, as well as Sebring and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  In the Street Tuner (ST) class, the first-half VP Racing Fuels Front Runner Award winner was the No. 81 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i co-driven by Nick Galante and Devin Jones. 

The TCR and ST winners each received $2,500 in fuel credit.

With the first half of the season completed, the VP Racing Fuels Front Runner Awards point standings were reset. The second half awards will be presented at season-ending awards celebrations for both the Continental Tire Challenge and the WeatherTech Championship.

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