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.

  • Lites 1 (L1) – This is the fastest category. The most common vehicle in this group is 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 2.3-liter four-cylinder Ford Duratec motor mounted to a six-speed sequential transmission. The division also includes the Radical SR3 1500 and West WR1300 Kawasaki.
  • Lites 2 (L2) – This group also includes several different chassis and engine combinations. The West WR1000 is a popular choice powered by a smaller engine than those models classified in the L1 division.
  • Lites 3 (L3) – Only one car competes in this category. The Van Diemen DP-06, introduced by the Sports Car Club of America in 2002, is powered by a Mazda MZR engine.

There are five race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event.

  • May 12-13 – Road Atlanta
  • May 19-21 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • June 30 – July 1 - Lime Rock Park
  • August 18-20 - Road America
  • September 28-30 - Road Atlanta

In addition to a driver’s championship, there are also titles for Teams and Constructors.

The penultimate weekend of the 2006 IMSA Lites Championship presented by Hankook was held at Road America. Drivers would complete in two twelve-lap races around the fourteen-turn 4.048-mile road course.

Another weekend of the 2006 IMSA Lites Championship and more victories for Adam Pecorari. After six rounds, Pecorari had five L1 wins. A retirement at Road Atlanta prevented him from having a perfect record. At Road America, Pecorari dominated both contests in the No. 2 Elan DP-02. He won the L1 category on Saturday by a margin of 1:05.471 and in the finale, he finished 45.270-seconds ahead of the competition.
Duncan Ende had an equally impressive weekend at Road America in the L2 category. In round two of the opening weekend of the series, Ende claimed the overall victory when Adam Pecorari retired. He was not entered at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course of Lime Rock Park events. Driving the No. 14 West Racecars West WR1000, Ende convincingly captured two more class wins at Road America.
Like Adam Pecorari and Duncan Ende, Wisconsin's Robert Mumm swept the L3 category with two wins at his home track. Mumm had two podium results, but no victories before the series arrived at Road America. He qualified third fastest for Saturday's contest but moved to the front to claim the class honours. The next day, the No. 10 Mumm Brothers Racing Van Diemen DP-06 started on the pole and led flag-to-flag.
Finishing a distant second in the L1 division both days was Kerry Jacobson. Jacobson drove the No. 38 Inspire Motorsports Elan DP-02. After the first six rounds of the 2006 IMSA Lites Championship, he had a record that included a victory obtained at Road Atlanta. Jacobson finished seventh overall in race one at Road America, six spots behind the winner, Adam Pecorari, and fifth overall on Sunday.
L2 competitor Mark White was only running a partial schedule. His record in four races included two podium results and an equal number of DNFs. At the conclusion of the races, he entered; White was either at the top or bottom of the results sheet. Road America would be one of White's better events. The driver of the No. 02 Accumoto Motorsports West WR1000 earned pair of second-place finishes.
Before entering the IMSA Lites Championship, Richard Spicer had won National titles at the Sports Car Club of America's Runoffs in 2001 and 2002 while competing in the Spec Racer Ford category. Driving the No. 65 Hagerman RacEngineering Van Diemen DP-06, Spicer had four L3 victories in as many starts. At Road America, he finished on the podium with second and third-place results.

1L1Adam PecorariElan DP-02 / Cape Motorsports12-
2L2Duncan EndeWest WR1000 / West Race Cars12-
3L2Mark WhiteWest WR1000 / Accumoto Motorsports12-
4L2Robby CardWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports12-
5L2Dan McBreenWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports12-
6L2Eric VassianWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports12-
7L1Kerry JacobsonElan DP-02 / Inspire Motorsports12-
8L1Lawrence LoshakWest WR1300 / Engine & Transmission Exchange12-
9L2Randy AlexanderWest WR1000 / Tech 712-
10L1Jim FerroElan DP-02 / Pabst Racing Services12-
11L1Richard BerryElan DP-02 / VeryBerryExotics12-
12L2Alex GonzalezWest WR1000 / ActiveServe Racing12-
13L2Sean PriceRadical Pro 6 / Radical Sportscars12-
14L3Robert MummVan Diemen DP-06 / Mumm Brothers Racing12-
15L2Brian JohnsonRadical SR3 / B1 Racing12-
16L3Chris FunkVan Diemen DP-06 / KC Racing12-
17L3Richard SpicerVan Diemen DP-06 / Hagerman RacEngineering12-
18L1Joel FeinbergRadical SR3 1500 / 790 The Ticket11-
19L3Johnny MeriggiVan Diemen DP-06 / Great Expectations11-
20L2Virgil DiaBiaseRadical SR3 / Just Racing Motorsports11-
21L2Jean-Luc LiveratoRadical Pro Sport / Expanded Technology7Did Not Finish
22L1Tom SedivyElan DP-02 / Comprent Motor Sports5Did Not Finish
23L2Tom McGlynnWest WR1000 / West Racecars1Did Not Finish
24L2Paul ParkerWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports1Did Not Finish

1L1Adam PecorariElan DP-02 / Cape Motorsports12-
2L2Duncan EndeWest WR1000 / West Race Cars12-
3L2Mark WhiteWest WR1000 / Accumoto Motorsports12-
4L2Dan McBreenWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports12-
5L2Eric VassianWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports12-
6L1Kerry JacobsonElan DP-02 / Inspire Motorsports12-
7L2Alex GonzalezWest WR1000 / ActiveServe Racing12-
8L1Richard BerryElan DP-02 / VeryBerryExotics12-
9L2Tom McGlynnWest WR1000 / West Racecars12-
10L2Sean PriceRadical Pro 6 / Radical Sportscars12-
11L2Randy AlexanderWest WR1000 / Tech 712-
12L2Brian JohnsonRadical SR3 / B1 Racing12-
13L3Robert MummVan Diemen DP-06 / Mumm Brothers Racing12-
14L3Richard SpicerVan Diemen DP-06 / Hagerman RacEngineering12-
15L3Johnny MeriggiVan Diemen DP-06 / Great Expectations12-
16L1Jim FerroElan DP-02 / Pabst Racing Services9Did Not Finish
17L1Lawrence LoshakWest WR1300 / Engine & Transmission Exchange8Did Not Finish
18L2Robby CardWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports7Did Not Finish
19L3Chris FunkVan Diemen DP-06 / KC Racing7Did Not Finish
20L2Virgil DiaBiaseRadical SR3 / Just Racing Motorsports4Did Not Finish
21L1Joel FeinbergRadical SR3 1500 / 790 The Ticket0Did Not Finish
-L2Jean-Luc LiveratoRadical Pro Sport / Expanded Technology-Did Not Start
-L1Tom SedivyElan DP-02 / Comprent Motor Sports-Did Not Start
-L2Paul ParkerWest WR1000 / PVM Motorsports-Did Not Start

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