The 2015 edition of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge consisted of ten-events (Daytona, Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), Lime Rock, Road America, Virginia International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas and Road Atlanta) for showroom stock cars. The races were two-hours, thirty-minutes in length. The cars were relatively unchanged from their road going versions – modifications were mandated primarily for safety – roll cages, window nets, etc. They were also required to use tires provided by series sponsor Continental.

Based on performance potential, the cars were divided into one of two groups – Grand Sport or Street Tuner:

  • Grand Sport (GS): The quicker of the two groups, this class included cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro GS.R, Ford Shelby GT350R-C, Aston Martin Vantage, Nissan 370Z, BMW M3 and Porsche 911. Vehicles competing in the category produced between 400 - 500 horsepower and were capable of speeds over 175-mph.
  • Street Tuner (ST): This class was for smaller sedans and sports car with four or six-cylinder engines. Popular vehicles found in this group were the BMW 328i, Honda Civic Si, Porsche Cayman, Mazda MX-5, Audi S3 and MINI JCW. The cars in this class produce between 220 – 280-horsepower.

Close competitive racing with cars that fans can relate to contributes to the popularity of the series. It also provides an environment for automotive manufacturers to test and showcase their products.

The opening round of the 2015 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge took place at Daytona International Raceway. Thirty-six entries would compete for two-hours, thirty-minutes in the BMW Performance 200.

Starting on the outside of the front row was the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911. Qualifying duties were performed by Hugh Plumb – sharing the car with him was his brother, Matt. Early in the contest, the defending series champions traded first place with the Multimatic Mustang. During the final thirty minutes, they were contending for first place and when the Click Racing Mustang pitted, they took the victory.
The second RS1 entry was driven by Luis Rodriguez Jr and Spencer Pumpelly. In the Street Tuner qualifying session, Rodriguez was the fourth quickest. Pumpelly drove the final stint and chased down the race leader, Eric Foss. He lost the lead to his teammate, Adam Isman while lapping a slower car. But Pumpelly was back out front when Isman ran out of fuel. He took the checker, giving Rodriguez his first pro win.
Starting the BMW Performance 200 third was the second Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R qualified by Andrew Davis. Davis shared the driving duties with Robin Liddell. The pair remained in contention during the event. Although they never led a lap the duo captured the runner-up spot in the Grand Sport division and overall.
Fastest in Street Tuner after the first day of practice was RS1 Porsche Cayman driven by Adam Isman. Isman’s co-driver, Jon Miller, qualified the Porsche and was third quickest in the class. Isman drove the final stint and moved into the lead with less than thirty minutes left in the contest. Following him was his teammate, Spencer Pumpelly. With a one-two finish in sight, Isman ran out of gas and finished ten.
The Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R driven by Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson showed good speed in the practice sessions. But Maxwell saved the best for qualifying and put the Mustang on the Grand Sport pole. Early in the race, he traded the lead with Rum Bum Racing. They fell out of contention when Johnson missed a call to pit. Despite this error, he worked his way back to a fifth-place finish.
The No. 56 Porsche Cayman was shared by Justin Piscitell and Eric Foss. Piscitell captured the second straight Daytona Street Tuner pole position for the team. Foss drove the second stint and was in the lead when the Porsche’s brakes began to fade. He was passed by the two RS1 Porsches and it appeared that he would have to settle for third. However, one of the cars ran out of gas giving him a second in class.
Quickest in the first day of practice was Lawson Aschenbach driving the Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. Qualifying the Camaro was Aschenbach’s driving partner, Matt Bell who was fifth fastest. The pair ran with the leaders and at the checkered flag, they grabbed the last place on the overall and Grand Sport podium.
Mike McGovern and Jim Click were gridded twentieth in the twenty-two Grand Sport field. The team decided to use a different race strategy which put them off sequence with their competitors. The No. 2 Jim Click Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R moved into the lead on lap-45 and remained there for another eight circuits. Unfortunately, a late race stop for fuel dropped them out of contention - they finished eleventh.
After starting thirty-third overall and eleventh in the Street Tuner category, it didn’t appear that Ted Giovanis and David Murry would be a threat to finish on the class podium. Murry, the veteran endurance racer, used his experience to conserve fuel as the team felt this would be an issue at the end of the event. They were correct and he was able to capitalize on the misfortune of others to finish third in class.

1GSMatt Plumb / Hugh PlumbPorsche 91168-
2GSAndrew Davis / Robin LiddellChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R68-
3GSLawson Aschenbach / Matt BellChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R68-
4GSTrent Hindman / Ashley FreibergBMW M368-
5GSScott Maxwell / Billy JohnsonFord Mustang Boss 302R68-
6GSNick McMillen / Bryan HeitkotterNissan 370Z68-
7GSMax Riddle / Kris WilsonAston Martin Vantage68-
8GSJade Buford / Austin CindricFord Mustang Boss 302R68-
9GSAnthony Mantella / Mark WilkinsChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R68-
10GSRicardo Flores / Nick GalanteFord Mustang Boss 302R68-
11GSMike McGovern / Jim ClickFord Mustang Boss 302R68-
12GSMartin Barkey / Kyle MarcelliChevrolet Camaro Z/28.R68-
13GSMichael Lira / Timmy RiversFord Mustang Boss 302R68-
14GSBob Michaelian / Chris BeaufaitFord Mustang Boss 302R67-
15STSpencer Pumpelly / Luis Rodriguez Jr.Porsche Cayman66-
16STJeff Mosing / Eric Foss / Justin PiscitellPorsche Cayman66-
17STTed Giovanis / David MurryBMW 328i66-
18STGreg Liefooghe / Eric ZimmermannPorsche Cayman66-
19STJames Clay / Jason BriedisBMW 328i66-
20STTerry Borcheller / Mike LaMarraBMW 128i66-
21STPaul Holton / Kyle GimpleAudi S366-
22STSteve Eich / Kevin BoehmHonda Civic Si66-
23STAndrew Carbonell / Liam DwyerMazda MX-566-
24STAdam Isman / Jon MillerPorsche Cayman66-
25STEthan Low / Jason RabePorsche Cayman66-
26STChad Gilsinger / Peter CunninghamHonda Civic Si66-
27STMark Pombo / Ramin AbdolvahabiPorsche Cayman66-
28STWill Nonnamaker / Jeff SegalPorsche Cayman66-
29STBrent Mosing / Tim Probert / Justin PiscitellBMW 328i66-
30STSarah Cattaneo / Owen TrinklerHonda Civic Si65Not Running
31STMarc Miller / Tyler McQuarrieMazda MX-565-
32STStevan McAleer / Chad McCumbeeMazda MX-565-
33STJim Jonsin / Erik ValdezPorsche Cayman65-
34STMatthew Dicken / John LewisPorsche Cayman64-
35STConnor Bloum / Greg StrelzoffPorsche Cayman63Not Running
36STWayne Nonnamaker / Jeff SegalPorsche Cayman63Not Running
37STDan Rogers / Seth ThomasPorsche Cayman63Not Running
38GSBJ Zacharias / Brad JaegerNissan 370Z58-
39STJim McGuire / Nico RondetAudi S354-
40GSRod Randall / Ken WildenAston Martin Vantage49Not Running
41GSDylan Murcott / Oskar KrugerChevrolet Camaro GS.R47Not Running
42STChristian Szymczak / Devin JonesMazda MX-547-
43GSTim Bell / Charles EspenlaubNissan 370Z43Not Running
44GSBrian Kleeman / Brett SandbergNissan 370Z40Not Running
45GSAndy Lally / Cameron LawrencePorsche 91135Not Running
46STJuan Carlos Leroux / Jorge LerouxHonda Civic Si27Not Running
47GSRay Mason / Pierre KleinubingSubaru WRX STI26Not Running
48STConor Flynn / Alex BolanosHyundai Genesis26Not Running
49STBenoit Theetge / Donald TheetgeHonda Civic Si26Not Running
50STCory Friedman / David BaumPorsche Cayman17Not Running
51GSRoly Falgueras / Bryan OrtizFord Mustang Boss 302R9Not Running
52GSAl Carter / Corey LewisBMW M30Did Not Start
53STAndrie Hartanto / Tyler CookeBMW 328i0Did Not Start
54STSam Schechter / Aaron NashBMW 128i0Did Not Start
55GSKen D'Arcy / Sam SchultzBMW M30Did Not Start
56GSRob Ecklin Jr. / David Russell / Steve PhillipsAston Martin Vantage0Did Not Start

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