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Road Race Showcase at Road America

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The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America (formerly the Road America 500) is a sports car race held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The event began in 1950, and in 1951 was added to the SCCA National Sports Car Championship. Following a spectator death at the 1952 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, racing on open roads was discouraged, and the race went into hiatus until 1955, when a permanent circuit was opened. In 1963, the race shifted to the new United States Road Racing Championship, until the USRRC's demise in 1968. After an 11-year hiatus, the IMSA GT Championship revived the event in 1979. In 1988, IMSA shortened the race to 500 kilometres (310 mi), and again in 1991 to 300 kilometres (190 mi). The race was shortened to 2 hours in 1992. After a return to a 500-km distance, the race was cancelled in 1994. It was revived once again in 2000, by the Grand American Road Racing Championship, to a 500-mile distance. The race was an American Le Mans Series event from 2002 until 2013, run at varying race distances of either 2 hours and 45 minutes or 4 hours. In 2014 the race joined the schedule of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship after the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
2018 Road America Road Race Showcase.jpg
Road America.svg
VenueRoad America
Corporate sponsorContinental Tire
First race1950
First USCC race2014
Duration2 hours 40 minutes
Previous namesElkhart Lake Road Race
Road America 500
Grand Prix of Road America
Most wins (driver)Augie Pabst (3)
Chuck Parsons (3)
Geoff Brabham (3)
Most wins (team)Briggs Cunningham Racing Team (4)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (10)

Porsche has won the event nine times, most recently in 2007. Augie Pabst, Chuck Parsons, and Geoff Brabham have each won three times as drivers.

Contents

WinnersEdit

Elkhart Lake road circuitEdit

Date Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title Report
Non-championship
1950   Jim Kimberly   Jim Kimberly Ferrari 166 MM 100 miles (160 km) Elkhart Lake Road Race report
SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1951   John Fitch   Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C2-R 200 miles (320 km) Elkhart Lake Road Race report
1952   John Fitch   Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C4-R-Chrysler 200 miles (320 km) Elkhart Lake Cup report

Road AmericaEdit

Date Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title Report
SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1955   Phil Hill   George E. Tilp Ferrari 750 Monza 150 miles (240 km) Elkhart Lake's Road America Road Race report
1956   John Kilborn
  Howard Hively
  John Kilborn Ferrari 375 MM 6 hours Road America 6 Hours report
1957   Phil Hill   Gene Greenspun Ferrari 315 Sport 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1958   Gaston Andrey
  Lance Reventlow
  North American Racing Team Ferrari 335 Sport 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1959   Ed Crawford
  Walt Hansgen
  Briggs Cunningham Lister - Jaguar 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1960   Dave Causey
  Luke Stear
  Dave Causey Maserati Tipo 61 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1961   Walt Hansgen
  Augie Pabst
  Briggs Cunningham Maserati Tipo 63 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1962   Jim Hall
  Hap Sharp
  Jim Hall Chaparral 1-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
United States Road Racing Championship
1963   Augie Pabst
  Bill Wuesthoff
  Porsche Car Import/Oliver Schmidt Elva Mk.7-Porsche 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1964   Walt Hansgen
  Augie Pabst
  John Mecom, Jr. Ferrari 250 LM 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1965   Jim Hall
  Hap Sharp
  Ronnie Hissom
  Jim Hall Chaparral 2A-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1966   Chuck Parsons   Randy Hilton McLaren Elva Mk.II-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1967   Chuck Parsons
  Skip Scott
  Carl Haas McLaren Elva Mk.III-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1968   Chuck Parsons
  Skip Scott
  Carl Haas Lola T70 Mk.3-Chevrolet 500 miles (800 km) Road America 500 report
1969-1978: Not held
IMSA GT Championship
1979   David Hobbs
  Derek Bell
  McLaren North America BMW 320i Turbo 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1980   John Paul, Jr.
  John Paul, Sr.
  JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-2 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1981   Rolf Stommelen
  Harald Grohs
  Andial Meister Racing Porsche 935 K3 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1982   John Fitzpatrick
  David Hobbs
  John Fitzpatrick Racing Porsche 935 K4 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1983   Klaus Ludwig
  Tim Coconis
  Zakspeed Ford Mustang GTP 500 miles (800 km) Pabst 500 report
1984   Al Holbert
  Derek Bell
  Holbert Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Budweiser 500 report
1985   Drake Olson
  Bobby Rahal
  Dyson Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Löwenbräu Classic report
1986   Al Holbert
  Al Unser, Jr.
  Holbert Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Löwenbräu Classic report
1987   Price Cobb
  Johnny Dumfries
  Dyson Racing Porsche 962 500 miles (800 km) Löwenbräu Classic report
1988   Geoff Brabham
  John Morton
  Electramotive Engineering Nissan GTP ZX-T 500 km (310 mi) Miller High Life 500 report
1989   Geoff Brabham
  Chip Robinson
  Electramotive Engineering Nissan GTP ZX-T 500 km (310 mi) Miller High Life 500 report
1990   Geoff Brabham   Nissan Performance Nissan NPT-90 250 km (160 mi)A Chicago Tribune presents the Nissan Grand Prix of Road America report
1991   Davy Jones   Bud Light/Jaguar Racing Jaguar XJR-16 300 km (190 mi)B Nissan Grand Prix of Road America report
1992   Juan-Manuel Fangio II   All American Racers Eagle Mk III Toyota 2 hours Nissan Grand Prix of Road America report
1993   John Winter
  Manuel Reuter
  Joest Porsche Racing Porsche 962C 500 km (310 mi) Piggly Wiggly Grand Prix 500 Kilometers report
1994-1999 Not held
Grand American Road Racing Championship
2000   Didier Theys
  Freddy Lienhard
  Mauro Baldi
  Doran Lista Racing Ferrari 333 SP-Judd 500 miles (800 km) Sargento Road America 500 report
2001   Didier Theys
  Freddy Lienhard
  Mauro Baldi
  Lista Doran Racing Ferrari 333 SP-Judd 500 miles (800 km) Sargento Road America 500 report
American Le Mans Series
2002   Tom Kristensen
  Rinaldo Capello
  Audi Sport North America Audi R8 4 hours, 15 minutes Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune report
2003   Johnny Herbert
  JJ Lehto
  ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune report
2004   JJ Lehto
  Marco Werner
  ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune report
2005   Frank Biela
  Emanuele Pirro
  ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Generac 500 report
2006   Frank Biela
  Emanuele Pirro
  Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 2 hours, 45 minutes Generac 500 report
2007   Romain Dumas
  Timo Bernhard
  Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 4 hours Generac 500 report
2008   Lucas Luhr
  Marco Werner
  Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 4 hours Generac 500 report
2009   Scott Sharp
  David Brabham
  Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a 2 hours, 45 minutes Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase report
2010   Paul Drayson
  Jonny Cocker
  Drayson Racing Lola B09/60 2 hours, 45 minutes American Le Mans Series powered by eStar report
2011   Klaus Graf
  Lucas Luhr
  Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B08/62 4 hours Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase report
2012   Chris Dyson
  Guy Smith
  Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 Mazda MZR-R 4 hours Road America Road Race Showcase report [1]
2013   Klaus Graf
  Lucas Luhr
  Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c Honda 2 hours, 45 minutes Orion Energy Systems 245 report [2]
United SportsCar Championship
2014   João Barbosa
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Action Express Racing Coyote Corvette DP Chevrolet 2 hours, 45 minutes Continental Tire Road Race Showcase report [3]
2015   Dane Cameron
  Eric Curran
  Action Express Racing Coyote Corvette DP Chevrolet 2 hours, 40 minutes Continental Tire Road Race Showcase report
2016   Dane Cameron
  Eric Curran
  Action Express Racing Coyote Corvette DP Chevrolet 2 hours, 40 minutes Continental Tire Road Race Showcase report
2017   Pipo Derani
  Johannes van Overbeek
  Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan Onroak DPi 2 hours, 40 minutes Continental Tire Road Race Showcase report
2018   Jon Bennett
  Colin Braun
  CORE Autosport Oreca 07 2 hours, 40 minutes Continental Tire Road Race Showcase report[4]
  • ^A Scheduled for two 250-kilometer heats, the first heat was cancelled due to heavy rain.[5][6]
  • ^B A 300-kilometer GTP/Lights race and 200-kilometer GTO/GTU/AAC race were held, totaling 500 kilometers.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ALMS 2012 Road Race Showcase Official Race Report" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. ^ "2013 Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America Official Race Report" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. ^ "2014 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Official Race Report" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Official Race Results" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  5. ^ Road America 500 Kilometers 1990, Racing Sports Cars, retrieved 2009-11-14
  6. ^ History for Fond du Lac, WI, Weather Underground, retrieved 2009-11-14

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