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Teams Gear Up for Detroit, Late Entry List Changes

Brett Sandberg joins Dempsey, Ben Barker fills in at GB Autosport…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit’s Belle Isle is set to feature a 32-car field, in the first Prototype and GT Daytona-only race in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

There’s been a few changes since the initial entry list was released two weeks ago, including confirmation of Patrick Dempsey’s substitute and a late driver change at GB Autosport.

With Dempsey and co-team principal Joe Foster in Le Mans for Sunday’s official test day, the Atlanta-based team has drafted in Brett Sandberg to team with Andrew Davis in the No. 27 Porsche 911 GT America this weekend.

Sandberg, a regular in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, will make his TUDOR Championship debut as the team’s designated Silver-rated driver.

GB Autosport, meanwhile, has made a late change to its lineup, as a business commitment has forced team principal Michael Avenatti out of the cockpit for the second consecutive race.

Porsche Supercup driver Ben Barker will instead team with Damien Faulkner in the Tully’s Coffee-sponsored Porsche, in what will mark the 22-year-old British driver’s U.S. racing debut.

TBAs are still listed for the No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports Porsche as well as the No. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, which could bring the field down to a 30-car entry should both withdraw.

The Prototype class, meanwhile, still features an 11-car grid, including five P2 cars and the return of Olivier Pla to the wheel of the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.

No Balance of Performance changes have been made to the P class cars since the last round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, although the GTD-class Aston Martin Vantage has been given a 1.0 mm larger air restrictor, as well as a ride height adjustment for this race.

Additionally, the size of the refueling restrictors have been adjusted for the Porsche, Audi, BMW and SRT Viper.

Practice gets underway on Friday, with qualifying later that afternoon and the 100-minute sprint race taking the green flag Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Doug

    May 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Not the SRT Viper anymore, remember

  2. av

    May 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

    All these races are sprints. The dps are holding to the p2 by not letting them pass. The dps will not be able to put up with the p2 on a long range race. Most likely one of the reasosns sebring was run under yellow. On endurance the p2 are and will be much more superior than the dps. Expect strange stuff to happen every time the race is 4 hours or longer. Dont be surprised if pettite is run under yellow as well. That said, I think the balance is ok rigth now. But, it is obvious that the dps are just going to be going down hill from now on. No team should be spending more money on those cars. They need to move on.

    • Bakkster

      May 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

      If the DPs have an advantage under yellow, and they want the DPs to win, why were the P2s not only faster over a lap at MRLS, but cars allowed to be parked on the side of the track rather than go yellow?

      Let’s wait and see what happens at WGI before we put on the tin foil hats, but don’t forget that will be a race with all four classes again (including the PC drivers who aren’t always very intelligent about not crashing).

  3. DEJ

    May 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Make sure the Corvettes win. Little Dougie will cry if they don`t

  4. DEJ

    May 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Gotta be sure the Corvette`s win, Dougie will cry if they don`t.

  5. Dej

    May 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

    OH……sorry forgot Dougie is probably at LeMans.

    • Fu Manchu

      May 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Wow Dej, You really win at this internet thing. Between you and AV earlier in these comments, lord only knows what either of you are on about. I assume by “little Dougie,” you are talking about Doug Fehan. Yeah, Corvette Racing really hates having that guy as their team manager. But I’m sure you know someone better to run the team. FFS!

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