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 Series (ALMS). The mission is to develop future drivers and teams for the ALMS, which is now called the IMSA Prototype Lites Championship.

Initially, the series featured three classes of purpose-built sports racing prototypes Lites 1, Lites 2 and Lites 3. However, Lites 3 entries were declining each year and the 2010 championship was conducted for the Lites 1 and 2 categories.

  • Lites 1 (L1) This is the fastest category and is comprised exclusively of the Elan DP-02 manufactured by Elan Van Diemen. The DP-02 features a carbon fiber monocoque fitted with an aerodynamic package that includes a front splitter, diffuser and rear wing. The car is powered by a 230-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder Mazda MZR motor mounted to a six-speed sequential transmission.
  • Lites 2 (L2) The L2 category was changed in 2013 to adopt the Elan DP-02. This class uses the 2.3-liter four-cylinder Mazda engine, which produces 200-horsepower.

2014 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship consisted of seven race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event.

  • March 13-14 Sebring International Raceway
  • June 7 Kansas Speedway
  • June 27-28 Watkins Glen International
  • July 12-13 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • August -9-10 Road America
  • August 23-24 Virginia International Raceway
  • October 2-3 - Road Atlanta

Rounds five and six of the 2014 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship were conducted at Watkins Glen International. Drivers would compete in two races around the eleven turn 3.337-mile road course.

Mikhail Goikhberg entered rounds five and six at Watkins Glen International as the L1 points leader. Goikhberg swept the opening weekend at Sebring International Raceway and collected first and second-place finishes at Kansas Speedway. At Watkins Glen, he put the No. 10 JDC Motorsports Elan DP-02 on the pole for race one and led all but half a lap for the victory. In the finale, Goikhberg delivered the same results.
The No. 9 Performance Tech Motorsports Elan DP-02 was driven by Robert Alon. To date, his best result was sixth place in round two at Sebring. At Watkins Glen, Alon qualified seventh fastest for the weekend's first contest, but the crew's changes made to the car allowed him to finish second. He was gridded in the tenth position in race two and finished ninth, leaving him fourth in the L1 championship chase.
Andrew Novich started Friday's race on the outside of the front row. Unfortunately, while battling for second, an incident with Craig Duerson took Novich out of contention and he was classified with an eighteenth place result. In the finale, the No. 61 Comprent Motor Sports driver prepared Elan DP-02 would redeem himself. Novich finished in the runner-up spot after starting sixth. His best result of the season.
Entering the Watkins Glen weekend, Craig Duerson led the L1 Master's division and was second in the overall standings. Issues during the event caused Duerson to fall to second in the Master's points chase. Taking advantage of Duerson's misfortunes was Richard Fant driving the No. 44 Elan DP-02. Fant grabbed third and eighth place finishes in rounds five and six, which gave him the lead in the Master's category.
Brian Adler led the L2 class after sweeping the first four rounds of the 2014 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship. However, his dominance would come to an end at Watkins Glen International. In the weekend's first race, Adler failed to finish while driving the No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports Elan DP-02. The following day, he grabbed a second in L2, which allowed him to retain the championship lead.

POS.CLASSDRIVERSCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
1L1Mikhail GoikhbergElan DP-0213-
2L1Robert AlonElan DP-0213-
3L1Richard FantElan DP-0213-
4L1Tony BullockElan DP-0213-
5L1Enzo PotolicchioElan DP-0213-
6L1Matt McMurryElan DP-0213-
7L1Christian PotolicchioElan DP-0213-
8L1 John FalbElan DP-0213-
9L1Gerry KrautElan DP-0213-
10L1Lamont HarrisElan DP-0213-
11L1 Don YountElan DP-0213-
12L1 Hayden DuersonElan DP-0213-
13L1Michal ChlumeckyElan DP-0213-
14L1Joel JancoElan DP-0213-
15L1Darryl ShoffElan DP-0213-
16L2Ludovico ManfrediElan DP-0213-
17L1Jim GarrettElan DP-0213-
18L1Andrew NovichElan DP-0213-
19L1Jon BrownsonElan DP-0213-
20L2Guy LaporteElan DP-0212-
21L1Craig DuersonElan DP-0210Did Not Finish
22L1Todd SlusherElan DP-026Did Not Finish
23L2Brian AlderElan DP-023Did Not Finish
24L1Madison SnowElan DP-020Did Not Finish
25L2Jerome MeeElan DP-020Did Not Finish

POS.CLASSDRIVERSCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
1L1Mikhail GoikhbergElan DP-0222-
2L1Andrew NovichElan DP-0222-
3L1Craig DuersonElan DP-0222-
4L1Lamont HarrisElan DP-0222-
5L1 John FalbElan DP-0222-
6L1Gerry KrautElan DP-0222-
7L1Madison SnowElan DP-0222-
8L1Richard FantElan DP-0222-
9L1Robert AlonElan DP-0222-
10L1Joel JancoElan DP-0222-
11L1Darryl ShoffElan DP-0222-
12L1 Don YountElan DP-0222-
13L1Matt McMurryElan DP-0222-
14L1Todd SlusherElan DP-0222-
15L1Jim GarrettElan DP-0222-
16L2Jerome MeeElan DP-0222-
17L2Brian AlderElan DP-0222-
18L2Ludovico ManfrediElan DP-0222-
19L1Tony BullockElan DP-0221-
20L2Guy LaporteElan DP-0221-
21L1Jon BrownsonElan DP-0219Did Not Finish
22L1Christian PotolicchioElan DP-0219Did Not Finish
23L1Enzo PotolicchioElan DP-0218Did Not Finish
24L1Michal ChlumeckyElan DP-0218Did Not Finish
25L1 Hayden DuersonElan DP-0212Did Not Finish


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