In 2005, the World Challenge series entered its sixteenth season.
The championship’s successful relationship with Speed Channel was now in its seventh year.
Race weekends included two standing start fifty-minute races – one for the Grand Touring class and another for the Touring Cars.
To prevent any driver/car combination from dominating the class and ensuring tight competition, the R.E.W.A.R.D.S. System was implemented. Introduced in 1995, R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is the acronym for ‘Rewarding of Equalizing Weight Assigned to Reduce Driver Sensitivity.' This weight equalization rule adds or removes ballast from a car based on the finishing position of a driver.
There were eleven-race weekends during the 2005 season – the longest in series history. The opening round was in March at Sebring International Raceway, followed by a second event in Florida at Saint Petersburg. The series then moves north to Georgia for a race weekend at Road Atlanta. Rounds four, five and six are conducted in the Northeast with races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. In July, the championship takes a trip to the West Coast for an event Infineon Raceway. Competitors stay in the West for races at Portland International Raceway. Next, the series makes a stop at Denver, Colorado. The penultimate round is held at Mosport International Raceway and the series finale takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Round ten of the 2005 SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge series for the Grand Touring teams was held at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would race around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|A field of twenty-three SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Grand Touring competitors line up on Mosport International Raceway’s front straight. Round ten for the series was part of the Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport. On the pole, for the second time, this season is Leighton Reese in the Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette C6. Beside Reese is the LG Pro Long Tube Headers Corvette C6 of Lou Gigliotti.|
|The third-fastest qualifier, Max Papis, had a terrific start in the No. 16 Cadillac CTS-V and led the field into corner one. Unfortunately, Papis spun in the middle of the turn, causing chaos. Some drivers were able to take evasive action. Still, eleven others were involved in the incident – five competitors (Tim Wiens, Tony Gaples, Lenny Diller, Mike Rochenfeller and Mike McCann) did not complete the first lap.|
|Local favourite and Corvette factory driver, Ron Fellows, was recruited to help Cadillac score valuable Manufacturer’s points. Fellows qualified the No. 12 Cadillac CTS-V fifth quickest. At the start of the race, he went wide and was able to avoid the carnage. On the restart, Fellows was in second place but he passed the leader, Lou Gigliotti, in turn ten and held the position for the remainder of the event.|
|Sports Car Club of America veteran, Lou Gigliotti started on the outside of the front row in the LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevrolet Corvette C6. He had two poles to his credit in 2005 and just missed scoring his third at Mosport International Raceway. Gigliotti was one of the leaders that made it through corner one unscathed and grabbed first place. On lap-10, he was passed by Ron Fellows in the final turn and finished second.|
|Patrick Long made his World Challenge series debut a Mosport International Raceway. In qualifying, Long was sixteenth fastest driving the Farnbacher Loles prepared Porsche 911 Cup. He was probably the biggest beneficiary of the first lap action in corner one. Long was able to avoid any contact and finished in third place. For advancing thirteen positions during the race, he received the Sunoco Hard Charger Award.|
|After the first lap incident, the race leader, Max Papis was able to make it to the pit lane where the Pratt & Miller Engineering crew was able to perform repairs on the No. 16 Cadillac CTS-V. Papis returned to the track but was seven-laps behind the race leaders. At the checkered flag, he was in the sixteenth position. Despite all that occurred during this event, this was not Papis’ worst result of the season – he finished twenty-second at Denver.|
|The Grand Touring point’s leader, Andy Pilgrim, was able to ‘dodge a bullet’ this weekend. He started tenth in the No. 8 Mobil 1 / Motorola sponsored Cadillac CTS-V. During the contest, Pilgrim made a pass on Chip Herr for fourth place which, earned him the B&M Oil Coolers Coolest Move of the Race. More important than the award were the points. He extended his lead in the title chase to eight-markers over Tommy Archer.|
|Sonny Whelen, the company principal for Whelen Engineering (manufacturers of audio and visual warning equipment.), competed in the series as a Rookie. Whelen’s best results to date were eleventh place finishes in the season opener at Sebring and Lime Rock, his home track. At Mosport, he was gridded twenty-second and finished ninth which allowed him to wrap-up the GT Rookie of the Year honours.|
|The round ten podium for the World Challenge Grand Touring class. In the center is the local favourite and winner, Ron Fellows, who was enlisted by Cadillac to collect Manufacturer points. Mission accomplished – Cadillac trailed Porsche by just three-markers with one event remaining. Standing to Fellows’ right is the runner-up, Lou Gigliotti. Completing the rostrum and making his series debut is Patrick Long.|
|1||5||Ron Fellows||Cadillac CTS-V||26||-|
|2||2||Lou Gigliotti||Chevrolet Corvette C6||26||-|
|3||16||Patrick Long||Porsche 911 Cup||26||-|
|4||10||Andy Pilgrim||Cadillac CTS-V||26||-|
|5||15||Stu Hayner||Pontiac GTO||26||-|
|6||9||Tommy Archer||Dodge Viper||26||-|
|7||12||Chip Herr||Chevrolet Corvette Z06||26||-|
|8||1||Leighton Reese||Chevrolet Corvette C6||26||-|
|9||22||Sonny Whelen||Chevrolet Corvette Z06||26||-|
|10||21||Adel Elsayed||Dodge Viper||25||-|
|11||8||Robin Liddell||Porsche 911 Cup||23||-|
|12||6||Wolf Henzler||Porsche 911 Cup||22||-|
|13||23||Mark LoPilato||Porsche 911 T||22||-|
|14||7||James Sofronas||Porsche 911 Cup||22||-|
|15||20||Warren Diller||Dodge Viper||21||-|
|16||3||Max Papis||Cadillac CTS-V||19||-|
|17||19||John Bourassa||Porsche 911 T||10||Mechanical|
|18||17||Jim Osborn||Pontiac GTO||1||Suspension|
|19||13||Tim Wiens||Dodge Viper||0||Accident|
|20||14||Tony Gaples||Chevrolet Corvette C6||0||Accident|
|21||18||Lenny Diller||Dodge Viper||0||Accident|
|22||4||Mike Rockenfeller||Porsche 911 Cup||0||Accident|
|23||11||Mike McCann||Dodge Viper||0||Accident|
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