Introduced in 2006, the International Motor Sport Association's (IMSA) series proved to be a popular championship.
The class 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.
In 2016, Mazda became the title sponsor and the series was renamed the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires.
In 2006, 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, the championship was conducted for the Lites 1 and Lites 2 categories. A similar situation occurred in 2016 when only two L2 competitors ran a limited schedule.
2016 Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires consisted of six race weekends, with doubleheaders held at Sebring International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Trois-Rivieres and Road Atlanta. Watkins Glen International and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca each hosted three rounds.
The third weekend of the 2016 Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires was held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete in two contests around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|Clark Toppe, the driver of the No. 10 JDC Motorsports Elan DP-02, won the opening round of the season at Sebring. Since that event, he had been chasing Austin Versteeg to runner-up finishes. Toppe's title aspirations took a huge hit in the previous round at Watkins Glen when he failed to start and Versteeg grabbed the victory. However, he redeemed himself at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with first and second-place finishes.|
|The L1 points leader heading into the rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Austin Versteeg, had an enviable record. The driver of the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Elan DP-02 had five podium results in as many starts, four of which were victories. Versteeg qualified second fastest for race one at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and finished behind his JDC teammate, Clark Toppe. In the finale, he returned to his winning ways.|
|The only L2 entry at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was Max DeAngelis. DeAngelis drove the No. 07 Eurosport Racing prepared West WR1000. In the season's opening rounds at Sebring International Raceway, he was the only participant. DeAngelis skipped the three races at Watkins Glen International, which were won by Jay Salmon. In round six, DeAngelis finished fourteenth overall and in the next race, he was thirteenth.|
|Kyle Masson entered rounds six and seven at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with two L1 podium results and one finish outside the top-five, a sixth-place at Watkins Glen International. He qualified third fastest for Saturday's contest in the No. 18 Performance Tech Motorsports Elan DP-02 and held the position to the checkered flag. The next day, Masson was gridded fourth but fell out of contention on lap-20 and finished fifteenth.|
|Extreme Speed Motorsports' Maxwell Hanratty was delivering results similar to Kyle Masson. Before rounds six and seven, he had two rostrum finishes and one result outside the top-five, an eighth-place at Sebring. Hanratty qualified fourth fastest in the first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport but finished fifth. He started and finished third on Sunday but not before trading positions with Masson.|
|1||L1||Austin Versteeg||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|2||L1||Clark Toppe||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|3||L1||Maxwell Hanratty||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|4||L1||Nathan Blok||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|5||L1||Michael Whelden||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|6||L1||Joel Janco||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|7||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|8||L1||Brian Alder||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|9||L1||James Dayson||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|10||L1||Dave House||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|11||L1||Gerhard Watzinger||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|12||L1||Stuart Rettie||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|13||L2||Max DeAngelis||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|14||L1||Jay Salmon||Elan DP-02||28||-|
|15||L1||Guy Laporte||Elan DP-02||27||-|
|16||L1||Kyle Masson||Elan DP-02||19||Did Not Finish|
|17||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||14||Did Not Finish|
|18||L1||Michal Chlumecky||Elan DP-02||2||Did Not Finish|
|1||L1||Clark Toppe||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|2||L1||Austin Versteeg||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|3||L1||Kyle Masson||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|4||L1||Michael Whelden||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|5||L1||Maxwell Hanratty||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|6||L1||James Dayson||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|7||L1||Joel Janco||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|8||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|9||L1||Brian Alder||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|10||L1||Gerhard Watzinger||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|11||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|12||L1||Stuart Rettie||Elan DP-02||22||-|
|13||L1||Dave House||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|14||L2||Max DeAngelis||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|15||L1||Jay Salmon||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|16||L1||Michal Chlumecky||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|17||L1||Guy Laporte||Elan DP-02||19||Did Not Finish|
|18||L1||Nathan Blok||Elan DP-02||17||Did Not Finish|
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