2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

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2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
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The 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge was the twelfth season of the Grand American Road Racing Association's support series. It began on January 26–27 at Daytona International Speedway.[1] The entire season of the CTSCC was tape-delayed on Speed, but shown live in its entirety on speed2.com.

Schedule[edit]

The first nine rounds were announced on November 9, 2011.[2] The tenth was announced on November 14, 2011.[3] All rounds were run to a 2-hour, 30 minute duration.

Rnd Date Event Name Circuit GS Winning Car ST Winning Car
GS Winning Drivers ST Winning Drivers
1 January 26–27 BMW Performance 200 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway Ford Mustang Boss 302R Mazdaspeed3
United States Billy Johnson
United States Jack Roush, Jr.
Brazil Pierre Kleinubing
Canada Jason Clunie
2 March 31 Barber 200 Barber Motorsports Park Porsche 911 Carrera S BMW 328i
United States Nick Longhi
United States Matt Plumb
United States David Levine
United States Gregory Liefooghe
3 April 28 Kia 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway Porsche 911 Carrera S BMW 128i
United States Nick Longhi
United States Matt Plumb
Denmark Martin Jensen
United States Ryan Ellis
4 May 12 B+ Heroes 200 New Jersey Motorsports Park Subaru WRX-STI Honda Civic Si
United States Andrew Aquilante
United States Bret Spaude
United States Corey Fergus
United States Owen Trinkler
5 June 9 EMCO Gears Classic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Ford Mustang Boss 302R Honda Civic Si
United States Billy Johnson
United States Jack Roush, Jr.
United States Chad Gilsinger
Canada Michael Valiante
6 June 22 Road America Road America Porsche 911 Carrera S Volkswagen Golf GTI
United States Nick Longhi
United States Matt Plumb
United States Aleks Altberg
United States David Cheng
7 June 30 Continental Tire 150 Watkins Glen International Porsche 911 Carrera S Honda Civic Si
United States Nick Longhi
United States Matt Plumb
United States John Schmitt
Canada Michael Valiante
8 July 27 Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chevrolet Camaro BMW 328i
United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Eric Curran
United States Daniel Rogers
United States Seth Thomas
9 September 8 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Chevrolet Camaro Mazda MX-5
United States John Edwards
United States Matt Bell
United States Derek Whitis
United States Tom Long
10 September 29 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park[A 1] Porsche 911 Carrera S Mazdaspeed3
United States Nick Longhi
United States Matt Plumb
Brazil Pierre Kleinubing
Canada Jason Clunie
  1. ^ Separate races for GS and ST will be run at Lime Rock.

Team news[edit]

  • On October 15, 2011, team owner C. J. Wilson said that he would miss the season due to its interference with the 2012 Major League Baseball season.[4]
  • After successfully testing a Roush Performance mustang during the 2011 season, Shelby Blackstock announced on October 20 that he and Jade Buford would be competing in the 2012 season.[5]
  • It was announced on October 27, 2011, that BGB Motorsports would be fielding two Porsche 997's, having previously fielded Porsche Caymans.[6] The last time BGB ran the 911 chassis was in 2010, having also won 3 races with the car during the 2008 season. This also marks the retirement of the Cayman from the series.
  • It was announced on November 3, 2011, that driver Mark Hillstead had died on August 29 of a heart attack.[7]
  • It was announced on November 3, 2011, that driver Aaron Steele would compete in the race at Daytona International Speedway.[8]
  • It was announced on November 3, 2011, that Al Carter and Hugh Plumb would return to the B+ Foundation and Fall Line Motorsports.[9] They have entered BMW M3s.
  • It was announced on December 1, 2011 that Ryan Ellis and Tyler McQuarrie would return to the series full-time in 2012 campaigning a BMW 128i in the Street Tuner division.

Event notes[edit]

  • During the round at Indianapolis, a motorhome caught fire. At least half of the vehicle was destroyed. The flames became so intense that the smoke forced a full course caution.[10]

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