DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2015) – The Lites 1 and Lites 1 Masters championships in Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda are decided, but that won’t stop Performance Tech Motorsports from searching for a win to end the 2015 season Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
Drivers Robert Alon, Joel Janco and Austin Versteeg all will look for their first wins of the season in the season-ending Rounds 13 and 14. Together they have made 11 trips to the podium this season and are each in the top five in points in their respective classes.
(left to right) Janco, Alon, Versteeg Alon sits third in the overall Lites 1 points standings, while teammate Versteeg is fifth. JDC Motorsports standout Kenton Koch was crowned L1 Drivers Champion at the last round, in late August at VIRginia International Raceway.
Janco is seventh in the overall L1 points standings but is second in the L1 Masters Championship. John Falb of ONE Motorsports clinched his second consecutive Masters title last month at VIR.
Performance Tech Team Principal Brent O’Neill is determined to finish the season with wins under his belt.
“We’re here to fight for a win,” O’Neill said. “Whether we win with Joel in the Masters class or Robert and Austin overall, I think everyone’s goal is to end the season with a couple of wins.”
The end of the 2015 season marks the completion of the team’s ninth season in Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, and O’Neill already is focused on 2016 and continuing his team’s development.
The No. 00 of Alon followed by the No. 16 of Versteeg on pit lane. “They’ve all done great this year, and I hope we can build on that,” O’Neill said. “Austin, who had never been in a car before, did an awesome job getting up to speed. Robert will be a force to be reckoned with one day. We’ll be testing him in the PC car over the offseason, so we’ll see if he’s ready for that.
“Joel has really done great. He’s going to finish second in the Masters Championship, and the only guy to finish ahead of him was 20 years his junior. He’s really competitive, and it’s impressive. We’ll see if we can build on that next year.”
The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda race week begins with practice at 11:15 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Sept. 30. Qualifying takes place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, with Round 13 at 1:20 p.m. that afternoon. Round 14, the final round of 2015, starts at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2.
Live timing for all sessions is available at scoring.imsa.com and on the official IMSA app for iOS, Android and Windows. Live text commentary during the race is available on Twitter @IMSALive.
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