NASCAR & Auto Racing

Daytona Prototype leaders Gurney and Fogarty have slim margin heading into Grand-Am finale

After 13 races and 5,284 miles of racing, just three points separate the top three teams in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

The championship will be decided at Saturday’s season finale – the Sunchaser 1,000-kilometer race at Miller Motorsports Park, just west of Salt Lake City, Utah.

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing teammates Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty hold a one-point lead over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Pruett, with SunTrust Racing’s Max Angelelli three points behind the leaders.

The race on the grueling 4.5-mile, 24-turn road circuit is expected to take more than seven hours to run.

Gurney and Fogarty’s Pontiac Riley has been the car to beat with 10 poles, including the last nine, and a series-record seven wins. During that period, they have led 555 laps, compared to 154 for Pruett’s Lexus Riley and 133 for Angelelli’s Pontiac Riley.

“We’re in the position we wanted to be in coming into the finale – in the championship lead for the first time,” Gurney said. “But one point doesn’t do that much because we know Scott will be strong and, if he wins the race, we lose the title.

“That means we’re still in a difficult situation, but he’s got to take the fight to us.”

Should the championship end tied, the tiebreaker rewards the driver or drivers with the most wins throughout the season, followed by most second-place finishes, and then on to third-place finishes until the tie is broken.

That would give Gurney and Fogarty the tiebreaker over the others, while Angelelli holds the edge over Pruett.