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 Series (ALMS).
The mission is to develop future drivers and teams for the ALMS, now called the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda.
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 2 categories.
The 2015 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship consisted of seven race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event.
Rounds seven and eight of the 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda took place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete in two contests around the ten turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The L1 Prototype Lites points leader, Kenton Koch, won his sixth consecutive race in seven starts on Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The record for consecutive victories is eight, set by Robby Pecorari in 2006. Koch qualified second for the weekend's first contest but snatched the lead on the opening lap. On Sunday, he started second but was no match for Clark Toppe and finished in the runner-up spot.|
|Ludovico Manfredi made his last appearance in the Prototype Lites division last March at Sebring, where he collected two podium results. He returned to the series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park driving the No. 30 ANSA Motorsports Elan DP-02 in the L2 class. Manfredi qualified fifth in class for race one, but he inherited the lead when the faster cars had issues and grabbed the victory. On Sunday, he finished fifth.|
|Rookie Clark Toppe prevented his JDC Motorsports teammate, Kenton Koch, from tying the record for most consecutive victories in a season. Toppe qualified fourth fastest for round seven at Canadian Motorsport Park and finished in the runner-up position. The next day the driver of the No. 10 Elan DP-02 was gridded third, but at the start, he shot by the front row qualifiers into the lead and held the spot to the checker.|
|The defending L2 champion, Brian Alder, drove the No. 22 Bar1 Motorsports prepared Elan DP-02. Alder qualified on the class pole for the weekend's first contest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Early in the race, he tangled with the other title contender Todd Slusher and finished in the runner-up spot. The next day Alder was gridded first in L2 and collected the win, which tied him at the top of the standings with Slusher.|
|Robert Alon was fresh off his best result of 2015 – a second place in L1 at Watkins Glen International. He was third fastest in qualifying for Saturday's contest in the No. 00 Performance Tech Motors Elan DP-02. During the race, Alon was passed by Clark Toppe, but issues for Matt McMurry meant Alon finished where he started. In the finale, Alon started and finished fourth. He left round eight, third in the points chase.|
|Matt McMurry, driving the No. 10 JDC Motorsports Elan DP-02 qualified on the overall and L1 pole for round seven at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Unfortunately, he had contact will his teammate and the points leader, Kenton Koch, on lap-1 and fell to second-last place. McMurry would finish tenth in class and twelfth overall. In the weekend's final race, he was passed by Clark Toppe and finished third.|
|1||L1||Kenton Koch||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|2||L1||Clark Toppe||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|3||L1||Robert Alon||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|4||L1||Austin Versteeg||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|5||L1||John Falb||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|6||L1||Joel Janco||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|7||L1||Don Yount||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|8||L2||Gerhard Watzinger||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|9||L1||Dave House||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|10||L2||Ludovico Manfredi||Elan DP-02||17||-|
|11||L2||Brian Alder||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|12||L1||Matt McMurry||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|13||L1||Michal Chlumecky||Elan DP-02||15||-|
|14||L2||John Salmon||Elan DP-02||14||Did Not Finish|
|15||L2||Max DeAngelis||Elan DP-02||12||Did Not Finish|
|16||L1||Tony Bullock||Elan DP-02||7||Did Not Finish|
|17||L2||Todd Slusher||Elan DP-02||7||Did Not Finish|
|1||L1||Clark Toppe||Elan DP-02||35||-|
|2||L1||Kenton Koch||Elan DP-02||35||-|
|3||L1||Matt McMurry||Elan DP-02||35||-|
|4||L1||Robert Alon||Elan DP-02||35||-|
|5||L1||Austin Versteeg||Elan DP-02||35||-|
|6||L1||John Falb||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|7||L1||Don Yount||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|8||L2||Gerhard Watzinger||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|9||L1||Tony Bullock||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|10||L2||Brian Alder||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|11||L1||Dave House||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|12||L2||Max DeAngelis||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|13||L2||John Salmon||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|14||L2||Todd Slusher||Elan DP-02||34||-|
|15||L2||Ludovico Manfredi||Elan DP-02||33||-|
|16||L1||Joel Janco||Elan DP-02||19||Did Not Finish|
|17||L1||Michal Chlumecky||Elan DP-02||17||Did Not Finish|
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