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GT Le Mans, GT Daytona teams selected for United SportsCar Championship

“We are flattered that so many teams stepped forward to enter the TUDOR Championship, and we expanded our capacity to accommodate as many teams as possible...” - IMSA CEO Ed Bennett.
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials have revealed a total of 40 production-based race cars from eight world-class manufacturers that will compete in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes.

The GTLM category will include 12 entries from eight different teams. In GTD, 28 entries from 21 different teams were accepted.

Manufacturers represented in both GTLM and GTD include Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche and Chrysler's Street & Racing Technology (SRT) brand. GTD also will include Audi and another manufacturer to be announced, while Chevrolet will be represented in GTLM with its brand-new Corvette C7.R.

Among the criteria used to select teams was full-time participation in either the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series or the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón in 2013. Those two series have merged to create the TUDOR Championship, which opens its inaugural season with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 25-26, 2014.

“We are flattered that so many teams stepped forward to enter the TUDOR Championship, and we expanded our capacity to accommodate as many teams as possible,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett.

“The overwhelming response we received from teams wishing to participate provided further validation for the merger. We believe the teams we have selected will provide world-class competition and will be our calling card as we embark on an exciting new era of sports car racing in North America.”

The GTLM class will include a pair of entries from BMW Team RLL, two from Corvette Racing, one full-season Ferrari entry from Risi Competizione and a second Ferrari for selected rounds from Krohn Racing in conjunction with Risi, two factory-backed Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs from Porsche North America, one Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – which will make its season debut in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fuelled by Fresh from Florida in March – from Team Falken Tire, and a pair of SRT Viper GTS-Rs from SRT Motorsports. GTLM will also include a part-time entry from Aston Martin Racing. All submitted GTLM entries were accepted.

A pair of Aston Martins leads off the GTD entry from TRG-AMR North America. A total of five Audi R8 LMS machines will be fielded by GMG Racing (one entry), Flying Lizard Motorsports (two), Fall-Line Motorsports (one) and Paul Miller Racing (one). Long-time BMW competitors Turner Motorsport will field the lone BMW Z4 in the GTD category.

Six Ferrari 458 Italia entries were accepted; including two full-time entries from 2013 Rolex Series GT champions Scuderia Corsa. Level 5 Motorsports also will have one full-season Ferrari, while the Spirit of Race team will field a pair of part-time entries and SMP/ESM Racing will have one part-time entry wearing the prancing horse.

There will be a total of 12 Porsche 911 GT Americas in the GTD class. Teams fielding two GTD Porsches include Muehlner Motorsports America, Dempsey Racing and Park Place Motorsports, with single entries going to GB Autosport, Alex Job Racing, Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing, NGT Motorsport, Magnus Racing and Snow Racing. Riley Motorsports will field the lone SRT Viper GT3-R in the GTD class, with one team and race car to be announced shortly.

In the event space becomes available, Konrad Motorsport's Porsche GT America is the first alternate in the GTD class. The second alternate is a second Ferrari 458 Italia from Level 5 Motorsports, followed by a third Ferrari from Scuderia Corsa and a second SMP/ESM Racing Ferrari.

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