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Lime Rock Park Notebook

John Dagys’ race day notebook from the final GRAND-AM weekend…

Photo: Brian Cleary/GRAND-AM

Photo: Brian Cleary/GRAND-AM

***Wayne Taylor Racing is getting closer to becoming a two-car effort for next year, with the team owner telling Sportscar365 that a deal could be reached within the next two weeks. It would result in an all-pro driver lineup for the second Corvette DP.

***With Boris Said delayed in England, Lawson Aschenbach has been a late addition to the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette, teaming with regular co-driver Eric Curran. Aschenbach took the car to the GT class pole Saturday morning.

***Eric Lux has joined Al Carter in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports Audi R8 GRAND-AM this weekend. While it marks Lux’s team debut, he has previous experience with the mid-engined sports car with DragonSpeed in the 24 Hours of Dubai and Bathurst 12 Hour.

***Development of Ford’s new EcoBoost engine continues. According to Mike Shank, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo, based off the production Taurus SHO block, has completed dyno testing and is on track to debut in next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

***Fresh off GTC victory in last weekend’s ALMS race at COTA, Damien Faulkner will make his Aston Martin debut in TRG’s V12 Vantage GT3. The Irishman has been a late call up, teaming with factory AMR driver Richie Stanaway, who was at the wheel of a GTE-Pro Aston in the WEC race in Texas.

***Three-time Le Mans class winner Tom Kimber-Smith has joined Michael Marsal in the No. 93 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 this weekend, marking the now U.S.-based Englishman’s first Rolex Series GT start.

***8Star Motorsports has switched to an X-Trac gearbox for Saturday’s series finale. The Florida-based squad, which is still searching for its maiden DP victory, were 1-2 on the time sheets Friday afternoon.

***There is continued talk of a new engine manufacturer jumping into the DP ranks for 2014, which would join the existing powerpants from Chevrolet, BMW and the new-for-2014 Ford EcoBoost.

***The schedule for the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge could be released as early as tonight’s end-of-season awards banquet. Look for the possibility of a few standalone events from the Tudor USCC.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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