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 and is now called the IMSA Prototype Lites.
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 Lites 2 categories.
2010 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship consisted of eight race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event. The exception was Lime Rock which hosted a single round.
In addition to a driver’s championship, there are also titles for Teams and Constructors.
The penultimate weekend of the 2010 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship was held at Mosport International Raceway during the Grand Prix of Mosport event. Drivers would compete in two contests around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The first lap through Mosport International Raceway’s Moss Corner for round twelve of the 2010 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship. Leading the field of eighteen competitors is the pole-sitter, Charlie Shears, in the CORE Autosport Elan DP-02. Behind Shears is the second-fastest qualifier, Matt Downs, driving the No. 12 Eurosport Racing Elan DP-02. Trailing the leaders are the Elan DP-02 of Gary Gibson and Antonio Downs.|
|Entering the penultimate weekend, Charlie Shears was leading the L1 title chase. Shears season to date included victories at Sebring and New Jersey. But just as important, he didn’t have any DNFs and scored points in every event. In Saturday’s contest at Mosport, the driver of the No. 21 CORE Autosport Elan DP-02 went flag-to-flag for the win. On Sunday, Shears finished third, but it was enough to secure the 2010 L1 crown.|
|One of the title contenders for the L2 championship was John Weisberg, who drove the No. 75 BERG Racing West WR1000. Weisberg’s record before Mosport included victories at Sebring, Laguna Seca, New Jersey, Lime Rock and Road America. He was the third-fastest qualifier in L2 for the weekend’s first contest and moved to the top spot for the win. In the finale, Weisberg earned another first-place result.|
|L1 category competitor Gary Gibson had garnered victories at Sebring and Lime Rock earlier in the season. The driver of the No. 13 Inspire Motorsports Elan DP-02 was third fastest in the qualifying session for round twelve at Mosport. During the contest, a pass on Matt Downs was rewarded with a runner-up result. Gibson started on the front row the following day but retired on lap-24.|
|Lucas Downs drove the No. 79 Eurosport Racing Elan DP-02 in the L1 category. Unlike his family members, Matt and Antonio, he was yet to collect a victory. Matt won round six at New Jersey and Antonio had first-place results at Utah and Road America. Lucas started race one at Mosport in the sixth position and finished fourth. On Sunday, he was gridded fourth but moved up the race order for the win.|
|As the season came to a conclusion, the L2 championship was turning into a battle between John Weisberg and Lee Alexander. Alexander was campaigning the No. 23 Factory 48 Motorsports West WR1000 and his season included two class wins. At Mosport, he finished three positions behind Weisberg in second place on Saturday. However, in round thirteen, Alexander was in the runner-up spot by 2.567-seconds.|
|Matt Downs scored an L1 victory in round six at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Before Mosport, his record also included podium results at Laguna Seca and New Jersey. Downs put the No. 12 Eurosport Racing Elan DP-02 second on the grid for the weekend’s first contest but lost a position and finished third. In the next race, he started on the pole and would lose a place to a hard-charging Lucas Downs and finish second.|
|1||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|2||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|3||L1||Matt Downs||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|4||L1||Lucas Downs||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|5||L1||Antonio Downs||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|6||L1||Jonathan Bennett||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|7||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|8||L3||David Ducote||Elan DP-02||24||-|
|9||L3||Wayne Ducote||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|10||L1||Richard Fant||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|11||L2||John Weisberg||West WR1000||23||-|
|12||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|13||L1||Nick Majors||Elan DP-02||23||-|
|14||L2||Lee Alexander||West WR1000||23||-|
|15||L2||Michal Chlumecky||West WR1000||22||-|
|16||L2||Jim Garrett||West WR1000||21||-|
|17||L2||Max DeAngelis||West WR1000||17||Did Not Finish|
|18||L2||Robert Sabato||West WR1000||13||Did Not Finish|
|POS.||CLASS||DRIVERS||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||L1||Lucas Downs||Elan DP-02||48||-|
|2||L1||Matt Downs||Elan DP-02||48||-|
|3||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||48||-|
|4||L1||Antonio Downs||Elan DP-02||48||-|
|5||L1||Jon Brownson||Elan DP-02||48||-|
|6||L1||Richard Fant||Elan DP-02||47||-|
|7||L3||David Ducote||Elan DP-02||47||-|
|8||L1||Jonathan Bennett||Elan DP-02||46||-|
|9||L2||John Weisberg||West WR1000||45||-|
|10||L2||Lee Alexander||West WR1000||45||-|
|11||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||44||-|
|12||L3||Wayne Ducote||Elan DP-02||44||-|
|13||L2||Jim Garrett||West WR1000||41||-|
|14||L2||Max DeAngelis||West WR1000||41||-|
|15||L2||Robert Sabato||West WR1000||37||Did Not Finish|
|16||L2||Michal Chlumecky||West WR1000||25||Did Not Finish|
|17||L1||Gary Gibson||Elan DP-02||24||Did Not Finish|
|18||L1||Nick Majors||Elan DP-02||10||Did Not Finish|
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