In 2006, the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) introduced IMSA Lites.
The series was created to provide an opportunity for drivers competing at the amateur
level to advance to a professional series or to prepare for a category such as the American Le Mans (ALMS).
The mission is to develop future drivers and teams for the ALMS.
IMSA Lites features three classes of purpose-built sports racing prototypes – Lites 1, Lites 2 and Lites 3. The primary factor in determining the categorization of a car is engine displacement.
There are five race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event.
In addition to a driver’s championship, there are also titles for Teams and Constructors.
The second weekend of racing for the inaugural IMSA Lites Championship presented by Hankook was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Drivers would compete in rounds three and four around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.
|The first lap through the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course`s Carousel turn. Leading the nineteen car field is the pole-sitter, Adam Pecorari, in the No. 2 Cape Motorsports Elan DP-02. Behind Pecorari is the No. 81 Comprent Motor Sports Elan DP-02 driven by Andrew Davis. Following the frontrunners is another L1 Elan DP-02 piloted by Kerry Jacobson and the L2 leader, Dan McBreen, in the No. 22 West WR1000.|
|Adam Pecorari opened the season with two poles and second and first-place finishes. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he topped that performance. In 2004, Pecorari swept the F2000 Cooper Tires Championship at Mid-Ohio and he would do the same in this year’s IMSA Lites L1 category. Driving the No. 2 Cape Motorsports Elan DP-02, Pecorari was the fastest qualifier for both rounds and went flag-to-flag for the wins.|
|Having an equally dominant weekend was L2 competitor Dan McBreen. McBreen failed to finish the opening rounds at Road Atlanta but redeemed himself at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He was racing the No. 22 PMV Motorsports prepared West WR1000. McBreen qualified on the class pole for rounds three and four and captured a pair of victories. He also finished second overall in Saturday’s contest.|
|Not to be outdone by the L1 and L2 winners, Richard Spicer also had a dominant weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the L3 category. Spicer is a successful SCCA competitor who won National SRF titles in 2001 and 2002. He did not participate in the series debut at Road Atlanta, but that didn’t prevent him from being competitive at Mid-Ohio. Despite a spin, Spicer grabbed class victories both days.|
|Two drivers finished on the podium in rounds three and four other than the class winners. Johnny Meriggi, who drove the No. 77 Van Diemen DP-06 in the L3 group, was one of these competitors. Meriggi won both rounds of the inaugural weekend at Road Atlanta. He was no match for the class winner, Richard Spicer, at Mid-Ohio and collected second and third place results.|
|The No. 81 Comprent Motor Sports Elan DP-02 was driven by former SCCA C Sports Racer competitor Thomas Sedivy at Road Atlanta. Sedivy earned a pair of third-place finishes in L1. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, another driver with SCCA history, Andrew Davis, piloted the car. Davis exited the race early on Saturday, but the next day, he redeemed himself and finished second by 10.967-seconds.|
|POS.||CLASS||DRIVERS||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||L1||Adam Pecorari||Elan DP-02 / Cape Motorsports||18||-|
|2||L2||Dan McBreen||West WR1000 / PVM Motorsports||18||-|
|3||L2||Tom McGlynn||West WR1000 / West Racecars||18||-|
|4||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000 / PVM Motorsports||18||-|
|5||L3||Richard Spicer||Van Diemen DP-06 / Hagerman RacEngineering||18||-|
|6||L2||Alex Gonzalez||West WR1000 / ActiveServe Racing||18||-|
|7||L1||Bob Humphreys||Elan DP-02 / Comprent Motor Sports||18||-|
|8||L3||Chris Funk||Van Diemen DP-06 / KC Racing||18||-|
|9||L3||Johnny Meriggi||Van Diemen DP-06 / TBA||18||-|
|10||L2||Rod Morley||West WR1000 / Volo Motorsports||18||-|
|11||L1||Joel Feinberg||Radical SR3 1500 / 790 The Ticket||18||-|
|12||L2||Robby Card||West WR1000 / PVM Motorsports||18||-|
|13||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02 / VeryBerryExotics||17||-|
|14||L2||Mark White||West WR1000 / Accumoto Motorsports||14||Did Not Finish|
|15||L2||Randy Alexander||West WR1000 / Tech 7||14||Did Not Finish|
|16||L1||Andrew Davis||Elan DP-02 / Comprent Motor Sports||10||Did Not Finish|
|17||L1||Kerry Jacobson||Elan DP-02 / Inspire Motorsports||3||Did Not Finish|
|18||L3||Robert Mumm||Van Diemen DP-06 / Mumm Brothers Racing||0||Did Not Finish|
|POS.||CLASS||DRIVERS||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||L1||Adam Pecorari||Elan DP-02 / Cape Motorsports||11||-|
|2||L1||Andrew Davis||Elan DP-02 / Comprent Motor Sports||11||-|
|3||L2||Dan McBreen||West WR1000 / PVM Motorsports||11||-|
|4||L2||Mark White||West WR1000 / Accumoto Motorsports||11||-|
|5||L2||Randy Alexander||West WR1000 / Tech 7||11||-|
|6||L3||Richard Spicer||Van Diemen DP-06 / Hagerman RacEngineering||11||-|
|7||L2||Robby Card||Radical / PVM Motorsports||11||-|
|8||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02 / VeryBerryExotics||11||-|
|9||L2||Tom McGlynn||West WR1000 / West Racecars||11||-|
|10||L2||Alex Gonzalez||West WR1000 / ActiveServe Racing||11||-|
|11||L1||Bob Humphreys||Elan DP-02 / Comprent Motor Sports||11||-|
|12||L2||Rod Morley||West WR1000 / Volo Motorsports||11||-|
|13||L3||Johnny Meriggi||Van Diemen DP-06 / TBA||11||-|
|14||L1||Joel Feinberg||Radical SR3 1500 / 790 The Ticket||11||-|
|15||L3||Robert Mumm||Van Diemen DP-06 / Mumm Brothers Racing||11||-|
|16||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000 / PVM Motorsports||1||Did Not Finish|
|-||L1||Kerry Jacobson||Elan DP-02 / Inspire Motorsports||-||Did Not Start|
|-||L3||Chris Funk||Van Diemen DP-06 / KC Racing||-||Did Not Start|
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