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 fourth weekend of the 2008 IMSA Lites Championship was held at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would compete in rounds seven and eight on the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course. Poor weather conditions prevented the drivers from qualifying. The grid for round seven was set by the combined fast times from practices one and two.
|Nineteen competitors enter Motorsports International Raceway’s turn nine for the start of round eight for the 2008 IMSA Lites Championship. On the pole is Jonathan Goring in the No. 14 Inspire Motorsports Elan DP-02. On the outside of Goring is the No. 7 Primetime Race Group Elan DP-02 of Joel Feinberg. Row two is occupied by the No. 21 Elan DP-02 of Charlie Shears and Lucas Downs driving the No. 79 entry.|
|The L1 category of the 2008 IMSA Lites series was being dominated by Jonathan Goring. Goring drove the No. 14 Inspire Motorsports Elan DP-02. In rounds seven and eight at Mosport, he added another two victories to his total. On Saturday, Goring started on the pole and went flag-to-flag to win by a margin of 29.867-seconds. He delivered the same performance in the finale and won by 16.840-seconds.|
|Australian Tom Drewer was having a tremendous amount of success in the L2 division of the 2008 IMSA Lites Championship. Drewer piloted the No. 45 West WR1000 prepared by PVM Racing and had racked up several class victories prior to his visit to Mosport International Raceway. In round seven, Drewer grabbed the victory after starting twelfth overall and first in class. On Sunday, he encountered an issue and finished third.|
|There were only two L3 entries at Mosport International Raceway and they happened to be teammates. The No. 5 KC Racing Van Diemen DP-06 was driven by Sports Car Club of America veteran Chris Funk. His teammate was Kelly Toombs in the No. 36 Van Diemen. The points leader, Funk, captured the victory in the opening race. The honours for Sunday’s contest went to Toombs.|
|Ricky Taylor, the son of sportscar champion Wayne Taylor, competed in the opening at Sebring International Raceway driving an Elan DP-02. When the series made its stop at Mosport, Taylor was in the L2 category No. 27 West WR1000 with backing from Brach’s. In the weekend’s first contest, he finished five laps behind the winner in third place. Taylor picked up the win in the final event when Tom Drewer had issues.|
|1||L1||Jonathan Goring||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|2||L1||Joel Feinberg||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|3||L1||Lucas Downs||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|4||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|5||L1||Johnny Meriggi||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|6||L1||Matt Downs||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|7||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|8||L1||Jonathan Gore||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|9||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|10||L1||Anthony Nicolosi||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|11||L2||Tom Drewer||West WR1000||23||-|
|12||L1||Jarrett Boon||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|13||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000||23||-|
|14||L1||Michael Mallinen||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|15||L1||Fred Kaimer||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|16||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|17||L3||Chris Funk||Van Diemen DP-06||22||-|
|18||L3||Kelly Toombs||Van Diemen DP-06||22||-|
|19||L2||Jordan Taylor||West WR1000||18||Did Not Finish|
|20||L2||Ray Langston||West WR1000||17||Did Not Finish|
|21||L2||Alain Nadal||West WR1000||14||Did Not Finish|
|22||L1||Antonio Downs||Elan DP-02||0||Did Not Finish|
|23||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||0||Did Not Finish|
|POS.||CLASS||DRIVERS||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||L1||Jonathan Goring||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|2||L1||Joel Feinberg||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|3||L1||Lucas Downs||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|4||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|5||L1||Matt Downs||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|6||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|7||L1||Johnny Meriggi||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|8||L1||Jonathan Gore||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|9||L2||Jordan Taylor||West WR1000||21||-|
|10||L1||Jarrett Boon||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|11||L1||Fred Kaimer||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|12||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000||21||-|
|13||L1||Michael Mallinen||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|14||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|15||L3||Kelly Toombs||Van Diemen DP-06||19||-|
|16||L3||Chris Funk||Van Diemen DP-06||19||-|
|17||L2||Tom Drewer||West WR1000||12||Did Not Finish|
|18||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||11||Did Not Finish|
|19||L1||Anthony Nicolosi||Elan DP-02||7||Did Not Finish|
|20||L1||Antonio Downs||Elan DP-02||-||Did Not Start|
|21||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||-||Did Not Start|
|22||L2||Alain Nadal||West WR1000||-||Did Not Start|
|23||L2||Ray Langston||West WR1000||-||Did Not Start|
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