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.
Three years later, the series was exceeding IMSA's expectations.
IMSA Lites features three classes of purpose-built sports racing prototypes – Lites 1, Lites 2 and Lites 3. The primary factor determining the categorization of a car is engine displacement.
2008 IMSA Lites Championship consisted of six race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event.
In addition to a driver’s championship, there are also titles for Teams and Constructors.
The penultimate weekend rounds nine and ten of the 2008 IMSA Lites Championship were conducted at Road Atlanta. Drivers would compete in two races around the twelve turn 2.54-mile road course.
|Twenty-one IMSA Lites competitors started round nine of the championship at Road Atlanta. Leading the field through the track’s corners three and four combination is the pole-sitter, Jonathan Goring, in the No. 14 Inspire Motorsports Elan DP-02. Behind Goring is the second-fastest qualifier, Matt Downs, driving the No. 17 Eurosport Racing Elan DP-02. Trailing the leaders is the No. 7 Elan DP-02 of Joel Feinberg.|
|Another weekend of the 2008 IMSA Lites Championship and another sweep for the L1 competitor Jonathan Goring. The L1 points leader was piloting the No. 14 Inspire Motorsports Elan DP-02. Goring qualified on the class and overall pole for round nine and led flag-to-flag and set a new race lap record. The next day, he delivered the same results with the exception of a new race lap record.|
|The L2 points leader, Tom Drewer, had another dominant weekend. Driving the No. 45 Daily Planet Racing West WR1000, he qualified on the class pole both days and led from start to finish and set a new race lap record. His performance during the season meant that with the two victories at Road Atlanta, he secured the title before the final event, two races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.|
|Last season, L3 competitor, Chris Doyle, made his IMSA Lites Championship debut and had no wins or podium results to show for his efforts. He returned this year campaigning the familiar No. 62 Trench Shoring Services sponsored Van Diemen DP-06. Doyle collected two wins as he was the only driver at Road Atlanta entered in the L3 category.|
|The No. 17 Eurosport Racing DP-02 was driven by Matt Downs. Downs joined the IMSA Lites Championship in 2007 and only competed in four L1 races but finished on the podium twice and was eleventh in the final standings. In race one at Road Atlanta, he qualified second fastest and chased Jonathan Gore to finish in the runner-up spot by 9.591-seconds. In the finale, he started second but finished fourth.|
|Pursuing the new L2 champion, Tom Drewer, all weekend was Jim Garrett. Garrett, one of Drewer’s teammates, was driving the No. 42 PVM Racing WR1000. He qualified third in class in the weekend’s first event at Road Atlanta but passed another teammate Eric Vassian for a second-place. In race two, Garrett started behind Vassian but got by him and finished in the runner-up position.|
|1||L1||Jonathan Goring||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|2||L1||Matt Downs||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|3||L1||Joel Feinberg||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|4||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|5||L1||Lucas Downs||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|6||L1||Jonathan Gore||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|7||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|8||L1||Jarrett Boon||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|9||L1||Richard Fant||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|10||L1||Anthony Nicolosi||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|11||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|12||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|13||L2||Tom Drewer||West WR1000||22||-|
|14||L1||Tommy Thompson||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|15||L1||Don Yount||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|16||L2||Jim Garrett||West WR1000||20||-|
|17||L3||Chris Doyle||Van Diemen DP-06||20||-|
|18||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||17||Did Not Finish|
|19||L1||Johnny Meriggi(||Elan DP-02||16||Did Not Finish|
|20||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000||12||Did Not Finish|
|21||L3||Wayne Ducote||Elan DP-02||8||Did Not Finish|
|POS.||CLASS||DRIVERS||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||L1||Jonathan Goring||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|2||L1||Jonathan Gore||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|3||L1||Lucas Downs||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|4||L1||Matt Downs||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|5||L1||Johnny Meriggi(||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|6||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|7||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|8||L1||Anthony Nicolosi||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|9||L2||Tom Drewer||West WR1000||20||-|
|10||L3||Wayne Ducote||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|11||L1||Richard Fant||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|12||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|13||L1||Jarrett Boon||Elan DP-02||19||-|
|14||L2||Jim Garrett||West WR1000||19||-|
|15||L1||Don Yount||Elan DP-02||18||Did Not Finish|
|16||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||17||Did Not Finish|
|17||L3||Chris Doyle||Van Diemen DP-06||15||Did Not Finish|
|18||L1||Joel Feinberg||Elan DP-02||9||Did Not Finish|
|19||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000||8||Did Not Finish|
|20||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||3||Did Not Finish|
|21||L1||Tommy Thompson||Elan DP-02||-||Did Not Start|
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