In 2013, there were negotiations were underway that resulted in the merging of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the America Le Mans Series. There was little impact on the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (CTSC) – the series continued with the same classes but ran as a support event for the new Tudor United Sportscar Championship. The amalgamation resulted in the CTSC championship competing at some new venues.

The 2014 season consists of twelve race weekends. It starts in January at Daytona International Speedway, followed by the series’ first visit to Sebring International Raceway since the days of the Motorola Cup in 2000. In May, teams travel to the West Coast for an event at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The championship will then return to the East to make a stop at Lime Rock Park during the Memorial Day weekend. Two weeks later, the series moves on to Kansas Speedway, followed by Watkins Glen International. Round seven takes place north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. At the end of July, teams make their way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next on the schedule are Road America and Virginia International Raceway. The penultimate round will be held at Circuit of the Americas with the finale taking place in early October at Road Atlanta.

The cars are relatively unchanged from their road-going versions – modifications are mandated mainly for safety – roll cages, window nets, etc. They also use spec DOT-approved tires produced by Continental. Based on performance potential, the cars are divided into one of two groups:

  • Grand Sport (GS): The quicker of the two classes - the group features the larger displacement engines as well as smaller four-cylinder motors with forced induction systems. The power-plants produce between 400 and 500-horsepower. Minimum weights range between 2,900 – 3,300-pounds, which are dependent on the motor configuration and displacement. This class includes cars such as the BMW M3, Aston Martin Vantage, Ford Mustang Boss 302 R, Porsche 997, Porsche Carrera, Chevrolet Camaro GS.R and Nissan 370Z.
  • Street Tuner (ST): The smaller displacement cars compete in this class in which engines typically produce between 220 and 280-horsepower. Popular vehicles found in this group are the Nissan Altima, Porsche Boxster, Mazda Speed 3, Mazda MX-5, Honda Accord Si, BMW 328i, Volkswagen Jetta and BMW 128i.

Round one of the 2014 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge was held at Daytona International Speedway. Competitors would race around the twelve-turn, 3.56-mile roval for two-hours and thirty-minutes in The BMW Performance 200.

The start of the Grand Sport class for race one of the 2014 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge at Daytona. On the pole is Jade Buford in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302 R. Sharing the front row with Buford is the second-fastest qualifier, Nick Longhi, driving the No. 13 sponsored Porsche 997. A total of twenty-six Grand Sport entries competed in the opening round.
Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg were declared Grand Sport class winners for round one – this was the first series victory for both drivers. They shared the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports / Starstruck BMW M3, which was gridded twelfth for the start. During the event, the paired moved up the race order and inherited the top spot when the No. 96 BMW M3 of Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana failed the post-race tech inspection.
In the Street Tuner qualifying session, the fastest driver was Jeff Mosing piloting the No. 56 Murillo Racing / Mosing Motorscars BMW 328i – this was his first series pole position. Sharing the BMW with Mosing was Eric Foss. Foss drove the final stint and was second in class when he passed Greg Liefooghe with fifteen-minutes remaining in the contest. He was able to maintain the spot and earn the pair’s first CTSC victory.
Last year at Daytona, the drivers of the No. 81 BMW 328, Gregory Liefooghe and Tyler Cooke finished second in class. Until the final fifteen-minutes of the BMW Performance 200, it appeared that they might redeem themselves. Cooke qualified and started the contest. Liefooghe was the closer, but he could not hold off a hard-charging Eric Foss and finished in the runner-up spot for a second consecutive year.
Fall-Line Motorsports prepared three BMW M3 for the BMW Performance 200. Sharing the No. 46 Trim-Tex / Atlas Acon / DFL Interiors sponsored entry were Trent Hindman and John Edwards. Hindman performed the qualifying duties and was third fastest. Edwards crossed the finished line in third, but he and Hindman were awarded the runner-up spot after the disqualification of the Turner BMW.
The Grand Sport podium for round one of the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, prior to the post-race technical inspection. First across the finish line were Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana. Unfortunately, their car was disqualified. Ashley Freiberg and Shelby Blackstock standing on the right side of the rostrum, were declared the winners. Moving to the runner-up spot were Trent Hindman and John Edwards.
Thirty-eight Street Tuner entries received the green flag for the start of round one for the 2014 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway. Pacing the field is the pole-sitter, Jeff Mosing in the No. 56 Murillo Racing / Mosing Motorcars BMW 328i. On the outside of the front row is Chad Gilsinger driving the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si. Behind the leaders are Tyler Cooke and Brian Heitkotter.
Canadian Paul Dalla Lana shared the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 with sportscar veteran, Bill Auberlen. Dalla Lana started the race and maintained pace with the leaders during his stint. Auberlen drove the last half of the contest and moved into first place with three laps remaining. He was in the lead at the checkered flag, but the car failed the post-race technical inspection and the pair were disqualified.
Sharing the No. 24 Hastings Fiberglass / Mac Papers sponsored Porsche Cayman were Cory Friedman and David Baum. Baum qualified the Autometrics prepared Porsche and was gridded thirty-ninth overall and tenth in the Street Tuner category. After changing drivers, Friedman chased down the class leaders and would finish third. This was the first series podium result for the two drivers.
Last season at Daytona International Speedway, Jade Buford drove the Multimatic Motorsports prepared Aston Martin Vantage and captured the overall pole position. In 2014, Buford repeated his performance, but did it in the No. 15 Ford Mustang Boss 302 R. Co-driving the Mustang with Buford was the series veteran, Scott Maxwell. Unable to keep pace with the leaders, they finished seventh in Grand Sport.
In addition to the Dalla Lana / Auberlen BMW, Turner Motorsports entered an M3 for Michael Marsal and Tom Kimber-Smith. Marsal drove the car during the qualifying session and recorded the tenth fastest time. The duo maintained contact with the front-runners and crossed the finish line in fourth place. But like all Grand Sport competitors, they moved up a position when their Turner teammates were disqualified.
The Street Tuner podium for round one of the 2014 Continental Tire Sportscar Championship at Daytona International Speedway. In the center are the first time series winners from Murillo Racing, Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss. On the right side of the rostrum are this year and last season’s runner-ups, Greg Liefooghe and Tyler Cooke. Completing the podium are the third-place finishers, David Baum and Cory Friedman.

1GSBlackstock / FreibergBMW M354-
2GSHindman / EdwardsBMW M354-
3GSMarsal / Kimber-SmithBMW M354-
4GSGrala / PlumbBMW M354-
5GSJanco / DavisonAston Martin Vantage54-
6GSCarter / SandbergPorsche 99754-
7GSMaxwell / BufordFord Mustang Boss 302 R54-
8GSBize / LevineFord Mustang Boss 302 R54-
9GSJames / JohnsonFord Mustang Boss 302 R54-
10GSEcklin, Jr. / EspenlaubAston Martin Vantage54-
11GSCurran / AschenbachChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R54-
12GSRiddle / WilsonAston Martin Vantage54-
13GSRezzetano / CalvertFord Mustang Boss 302 R54-
14GSPlumb / LonghiPorsche 99754-
15GSClick / McGovernFord Mustang Boss 302 R54-
16GSMason / WinchesterSubaru WRX-STI54-
17GSBaxter / Lewis / BavaroPorsche 99754-
18GSLawrence / PlatoChevrolet Camaro GS.R54-
19STMosing / FossBMW 328i54-
20STLiefooghe / CookeBMW 32854-
21STFriedman / BaumPorsche Cayman54-
22STNonnamaker / NonnamakerPorsche Cayman54-
23STWeisberg / VancePorsche Boxster54-
24STBorcheller / LaMarraBMW 128i54-
25STStrelzoff / BloumBMW 128i54-
26STGleason / FergusBMW 328i54-
27STGiovanis / MurryBMW 32854-
28STLandy / BurasHyundai Genesis54-
29STRuscitti / IsmanPorsche Boxster54-
30STPobst / CarbonellMazda MX-554-
31STSchmitt / BoehmHonda Civic Si54-
32STMcAleer / McCumbeeMazda MX-554-
33STMoxlow / CarpentierBMW 12854-
34STCattaneo / TrinklerHonda Civic Si54-
35GSBertheau / PumpellyBMW M354-
36STMcQuarrie / MillerMazda MX-554-
37STProbert / Mosing / PiscitellBMW 328i54-
38STJonsin / Freeman Jr.Porsche Cayman54-
39STMurcott / MachavernBMW 12854-
40STPombo / PomboMazda MX-554-
41STKennedy / KennedyHonda Civic Si54-
42STMusacchio / PicutHonda Civic Si54-
43STGolinello / ThileniusHyundai Genesis54-
44STAbdolvamabi / ConwayHyundai Genesis54-
45GSMontgomery / TarpleyChevrolet Camaro GS.R54-
46STSeguin / MillerHonda Civic Si53-
47STKozarov / HeitkotterNissan Altima53-
48GS Mantella / WilkinsAston Martin Vantage52-
49STClay / BriedisBMW52-
50STStraus / MasessaPorsche Boxster51-
51STGimple / EversleyHonda Civic Si50Not Running
52GSBell / CameronNissan 370Z 49-
53STGilsinger / ValianteHonda Civic Si48Not Running
54GSLally / BellChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R48-
55STLeroux / LerouxHonda Civic Si41Not Running
56STHead / De BarrosMazda Speed 340Not Running
57STSahlen / NonnamakerPorsche Cayman39-
58GSLiddell / DavisChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R38Not Running
59STJones / KanavasNissan Altima34-
60GSMcCalmont / MichaelianChevrolet Camaro GS.R32Not Running
61STBlanchet / SharpeHonda Civic Si28Not Running
62GSBarkey / MarcelliPorsche 99723-
63STTheetge / TheetgeHonda Civic Si22Not Running
64GSRezzetano / AquilanteFord Mustang Boss 302 R21Not Running
65GSZacharias / JaegerNissan 370Z21Not Running
66STRogers / ThomasBMW 3284Not Running
67GSFarano / EmpringhamNissan 370Z1Not Running
68GSAuberlen / Dalla LanaBMW M30Excluded

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