Lites: Road Atlanta Petit weekend preview

IMSA LITES PRESENTED BY HANKOOK GOING BACK TO ITS ROOTS AT ROAD ATLANTA IMSA Lites presented by Hankook returns to the site of its first event this week as part of the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta. Twenty-seven sports prototypes in...

IMSA LITES PRESENTED BY HANKOOK GOING BACK TO ITS ROOTS AT ROAD ATLANTA

IMSA Lites presented by Hankook returns to the site of its first event this week as part of the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta. Twenty-seven sports prototypes in three separate classes will compete in two rounds at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit in the foothills of northeast Georgia.

With one more venue remaining after the weekend - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - championships are at the forefront this weekend. With 22 points going to the winner of each round, there are 88 points possible remaining. All three classes have season titles at stake with two classes seeing 6-point leads after eight rounds.

Two 30-minute races are scheduled for the weekend: 2:05 p.m. Thursday and 8:45 a.m. Friday.

In the L1 class, Gerardo Bonilla's six victories this season have given him a 40-point lead over Jay Cochran. A victory by Cochran and a DNF by Bonilla have kept the championship close with Joel Feinberg, who also will compete in the GT2 class of Petit Le Mans, still mathematically alive for the 2007 title.

Lites 2 has seen a season-long battle between Robby Card and Mark White. The two drivers each have three victories this year but a DNF by White has proven to be the difference as Card leads in points 140-134.

Lites 3 has the most wide-open battle heading into Road Atlanta with five drivers contending for the class championship. Two-time winner Chris Funk holds a 6-point lead over Richard Spicer, who leads all class drivers with five victories and two DNFs. Kelly Toombs sits third with 118 points followed by Robert Mumm with 116 points and a race victory. Paul Schneider remains in the hunt with 95 points.

-credit: imsa

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Mark White , Richard Spicer , Robert Mumm , Gerardo Bonilla , Joel Feinberg , Robby Card , Kelly Toombs , Paul Schneider , Jay Cochran