2012 Pirelli World Challenge

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2012 Pirelli World Challenge
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The 2012 Pirelli World Challenge season was the 23rd running of the Sports Car Club of America's World Challenge series. All races were televised by NBC Sports Network. All telecasts were tape-delayed, with all races being streamed live.[1]

Format change[edit]

The series began using a four class format. A new "touring car B-spec" class was introduced, similar to the SCCA's amateur divisions, using vehicles such as the Fiat 500, Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, and Nissan Versa.[2][3] The new class debuted at the event at Miller.

Schedule[edit]

Four rounds were announced November 11, 2011,[4] with an additional three rounds announced November 18,[5] and the round at St. Petersburg announced January 4.[6] A second Touring Car race was later added to the Mid-Ohio round. The GT and GTS classes had 12 races, Touring Car had 14, and Touring Car B-Spec had 9.

Rnd Date Circuit Location Classes Supporting
1 March 24 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida GT, GTS, TC (x2) IndyCar Series
2 April 15 Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California GT, GTS IndyCar Series/American Le Mans Series
3 April 28–29 Miller Motorsports Park[A 1] Tooele, Utah GT, GTS
TC, TCB (x3)
K&N Pro Series West
4 May 11 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California GT, GTS, TC American Le Mans Series
5 June 1–3 The Raceway on Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan GT, GTS (x2) IndyCar Series
6 June 22–24 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario GT, GTS (x2)
TC, TCB (x3)
Headliner
7 August 3–5 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio GT, GTS, TC (x2) IndyCar Series/American Le Mans Series
8 August 24 Sonoma Raceway (Indy course) Sonoma, California GT, GTS
TC, TCB (x3)
IndyCar Series

Race results[edit]

Rnd Circuit GT Winning Car GTS Winning Car TC Winning Car TCB Winning Car
GT Winning Driver GTS Winning Driver TC Winning Driver TCB Winning Driver
1 St. Petersburg #3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe #50 Ford Mustang Boss 302S #03 Mazdaspeed3 Did not participate
United States Johnny O'Connell United Kingdom Justin Bell United States Michael Cooper
#1 Porsche 911 GT3 #50 Ford Mustang Boss 302S #03 Mazdaspeed3 Did not participate
United States Lawson Aschenbach United Kingdom Justin Bell United States Michael Cooper
2 Long Beach #8 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe #68 Porsche Cayman S Did not participate Did not participate
United Kingdom Andy Pilgrim United States Jack Baldwin
3 Miller Motorsports Park[A 1] Did not participate Did not participate #71 Honda Civic Si #00 Fiat 500
United States Todd Lamb United States Jonathan Start
Did not participate Did not participate #03 Mazdaspeed3 #00 Fiat 500
United States Michael Cooper United States Jonathan Start
#1 Porsche 911 GT3 #20 Chevrolet Camaro Did not participate Did not participate
United States Patrick Long United States Andy Lee
Did not participate Did not participate #33 Volkswagen GLI #45 Honda Fit
United States Tristan Herbert United States Sage Marie
4 Laguna Seca #6 Volvo S60 #42 Acura TSX #71 Honda Civic Si Did not participate
United States Randy Pobst United States Peter Cunningham United States Todd Lamb
5 Belle Isle #3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe #20 Chevrolet Camaro Did not participate Did not participate
United States Johnny O'Connell United States Andy Lee
#3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe #20 Chevrolet Camaro Did not participate Did not participate
United States Johnny O'Connell United States Andy Lee
6 Mosport #02 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 #36 Kia Optima Did not participate Did not participate
United States Mike Skeen United States Michael Galati
Did not participate Did not participate #43 Volkswagen GLI #73 Honda Fit
United States Jeff Altenburg Canada Andre Rapone
Did not participate Did not participate #03 Mazdaspeed3 #73 Honda Fit
United States Michael Cooper Canada Andre Rapone
Did not participate Did not participate #82 Honda Civic Si #73 Honda Fit
Canada Gary Kwok Canada Andre Rapone
#02 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 #38 Kia Optima Did not participate Did not participate
United States Mike Skeen Canada Mark Wilkins
7 Mid-Ohio #6 Volvo S60 #42 Acura TSX #03 Mazdaspeed3 Did not participate
United States Randy Pobst United States Peter Cunningham United States Michael Cooper
#6 Volvo S60 #60 Porsche Cayman S #71 Honda Civic Si Did not participate
United States Randy Pobst United States Kevin Gleason United States Todd Lamb
8 Sonoma #9 Volvo S60 #20 Chevrolet Camaro Did not participate Did not participate
United States Alex Figge United States Andy Lee
Did not participate Did not participate #08 Volvo C30 #45 Honda Fit
United States Robert Thorne United States Conner Ford
Did not participate Did not participate #71 Honda Civic Si #90 Kia Rio
United States Todd Lamb Bermuda Russell Smith
Did not participate Did not participate #03 Mazdaspeed3 #92 Kia Rio
United States Michael Cooper United States Jeff Lepper
  1. ^ a b The GT and GTS classes raced on the 3.048-mile (4.905 km) Outer Course, while the TC and TCB classes raced on the 2.2-mile (3.5 km) West Course.

Championships[edit]

Drivers' Championships[edit]

Championship points are awarded to drivers based on qualifying and finishing positions. In addition, 5 bonus points are awarded to a driver leading a lap during a race, and 5 bonus points are awarded to the driver leading the most laps.[7]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Race 140 110 95 85 80 76 72 68 64 60 57 54 51 48 45 43 41 39 37 35 33 31 29 27 25
Qualifying 15 12 9 6 3

GT[edit]

Pos Driver Car STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points
1 United States Johnny O'Connell Cadillac CTS-V 1 2 3 2 7 1 1 2 10 3 7 5 1348
2 United Kingdom Andy Pilgrim Cadillac CTS-V 5 3 1 4 3 3 4 10 5 4 5 2 1199
3 United States Randy Pobst Volvo S60 12 9 2 5 1 15 9 11 DNS 1 1 3 1137
4 United States Lawson Aschenbach Porsche 911 GT3 4 1 5 4 2 2 4 2 6 3 4 1112
5 United States Alex Figge Volvo S60 3 12 13 13 2 4 3 12 3 12 2 1 1095
6 United States Mike Skeen Nissan GTR DNS 14 14 13 14 11 8 13 887
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 3 6 1 1
7 United States Steve Ott Porsche 911 GT3 10 5 9 6 5 5 15 3 4 7 13 788
8 United States Tony Gaples Chevrolet Corvette 8 6 16 9 11 11 10 5 6 8 9 12 767
9 United States James Sofronas Porsche 911 GT3 2 4 4 6 15 7 5 723
Audi R8 LMS 5 6
10 United States Jason Daskalos Nissan GTR 13 DNS 17 12 14 14 12 9 11 417
11 United States Jeff Courtney Porsche 911 GT3 7 7 15 12 14 10 9 415
12 United States Tomy Drissi Porsche 911 GT3 6 11 6 9 8 7 413
13 Canada Fred Roberts Dodge Viper 12 11 7 9 9 12 14 413
14 United States David Welch Ferrari F430 9 8 10 DSQ 11 407
Porsche 911 GT3 6 6
15 United States Brett Sandberg Porsche 911 GT3 6 7 10 11 6 341
16 United States Anders Hainer Audi R8 LMS 11 10 13 10 13 10 339
17 United States Madison Snow Porsche 911 GT3 8 9 8 8 8 336
18 United States Justin Marks Porsche 911 GT3 11 13 8 11 8 281
19 United States Jordan Taylor Cadillac CTS-V 2 4 210
20 United States Dino Crescentini Porsche 911 GT3 14 10 7 16 166
21 United States Patrick Long Porsche 911 GT3 1 145
22 United States Patrick Lindsey Chevrolet Corvette Z06 13 14 16 142
23 United States Brandon Davis Porsche 911 GT3 7 72
24 United States Michael Hedlund Porsche 911 GT3 8 68
25 United States Bret Curtis Porsche 911 GT3 10 60
26 United States Brent Holden Porsche 911 GT3 12 DNS 54
27 United States Craig Stanton Mercedes-Benz CLK-AMG 15 45
28 United States Brian Kubinski Chevrolet Corvette 18 39
29 United States Erich Joiner Porsche 911 GT3 DNS 0
Pos Driver Car STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate

GTS[edit]

Pos Driver Car STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points
1 United States Peter Cunningham Acura TSX 2 2 7 8 1 2 3 7 6 1 3 2 1366
2 United States Andy Lee (R) Chevrolet Camaro 4 3 9 1 5 1 1 9 4 11 7 1 1264
3 United States Jack Baldwin Porsche Cayman S 5 7 1 4 2 4 2 6 2 6 8 12 1185
4 United States Michael Galati Kia Optima 7 10 11 3 6 8 6 1 5 5 5 5 1055
5 United States Nick Esayian Acura TSX 17 5 4 5 4 6 9 17 12 2 9 16 859
6 United Kingdom Justin Bell Ford Mustang 1 1 2 10 13 7 5 26 25 3 821
7 Canada Mark Wilkins Kia Optima 8 11 15 2 1 7 6 4 705
8 United States Alec Udell Ford Mustang 18 15 9 7 19 21 5 3 13 21 9 700
9 United States Brad Adams Ford Mustang 9 8 6 6 14 9 8 11 8 15 16 15 690
10 United States Harry Curtin (R) Chevrolet Camaro 12 17 10 16 9 17 10 12 11 24 13 8 620
11 United States Ric Bushey Nissan 370Z DNS 13 11 12 18 14 13 14 23 12 7 503
12 Canada Aaron Povoledo Ford Mustang 3 3 18 4 15 10 19 497
13 United States Jason von Kluge Ford Mustang 3 4 5 4 12 22 436
14 United States Richard Golinello Ford Mustang 16 6 20 22 8 7 22 20 394
15 United States Don Istook Audi TT RS 16 13 11 13 17 20 17 11 376
16 United States Roger Miller (R) Ford Mustang 15 11 5 21 19 17 24 14 368
17 United States Karl Poeltl Porsche 911 6 9 10 10 14 14 356
18 United States Bill Ziegler Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10 12 17 14 17 22 339
Pontiac Solstice GXP 25 18 DNS
19 United States Brian Kleeman (R) Nissan 370Z 11 14 15 16 20 19 11 DNS 322
20 United States Kevin Gleason Porsche Cayman S 3 1 263
21 United States Todd Napieralski (R) Chevrolet Camaro 19 13 14 11 16 15 257
22 United States Mark Klenin BMW M3 12 10 10 13 18 DNS 234
23 United States Dane Moxlow Ford Mustang 16 12 7 DNS 21 23 231
24 United States Greg Shaffer Nissan 370Z 13 19 14 15 15 DNS 226
25 United States Al Carter BMW M3 4 2 207
26 United States Colin Braun Kia Optima 14 16 3 2 198
27 United States Alfonso Perri (R) Ford Mustang 8 18 12 DNS 161
28 United States Paul Brown Ford Mustang 3 9 159
29 United States Mark Boden BMW M3 9 4 149
30 United States Lou Gigliotti Chevrolet Camaro 8 6 144
31 United States Charles Putman BMW M3 8 10 128
32 United States Craig Capaldi Ford Mustang 15 12 99
33 Canada Ernie Jakubowski Porsche Cayman S 14 13 99
34 United States Ben Crosland Ford Mustang 7 72
35 United States Robert Stout Nissan 370Z 23 16 72
36 United States Bryan Heitkotter (R) Nissan 370Z 10 60
37 United States Vafa Kordestani (R) Maserati Trofeo 13 51
38 United States Dan McKeever Ford Mustang 15 45
39 United States Steven Goldman Chevrolet Camaro 16 43
40 United States Tom Felt Honda S2000 CR 17 41
41 United States Scott Bove BMW M3 DNS 0
Pos Driver Car STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points

TC[edit]

Pos Driver Car STP MIL LGA MOS MDO SON Points
1 United States Michael Cooper (R) Mazdaspeed3 1 1 4 1 4 5 2 1 4 1 14 3 2 1 1767
2 United States Todd Lamb (R) Honda Civic Si 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 6 10 3 1 2 1 2 1659
3 United States Ryan Winchester (R) Honda Civic Si 9 13 2 2 3 DSQ 4 7 2 5 2 5 5 3 1212
4 United States Shea Holbrook Honda Civic Si 5 12 5 4 5 4 7 2 3 6 11 4 4 4 1119
5 Canada Patrick Seguin Volkswagen Golf GTI 13 10 11 10 9 3 DNS 9 8 14 12 8 8 9 810
6 United States Tristan Herbert Volkswagen Golf GTI 10 3 671
Volkswagen Jetta GLI 12 11 1 7 6 8 DNS DSQ DNS
7 Peru Gustavo Michelsen (R) Honda Civic Si 4 7 3 6 7 6 476
8 United States Jeff Altenburg Volkswagen Jetta GLI 7 11 2 1 10 DNS 456
9 United States Travis Wolcott (R) Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2 8 6 3 10 439
10 United States Robb Holland Honda Civic Si 6 5 432
Volkswagen Jetta GLI 10 5 11 DNS
Volkswagen Golf GTI 6
11 Canada Karl Thomson Honda Civic Si 6 9 10 11 6 8 416
12 United States Peter Schwartzott Honda Civic Si DNS DNS 10 4 7 9 5 361
13 United States Fred Emich (R) Volkswagen Jetta GLI 8 11 DNS 5 7 10 337
14 United States Robert Thorne (R) Volvo C30 1 7 7 306
15 Canada Gary Kwok (R) Honda Civic Si 5 DSQ 1 228
16 Canada Tom Kwok (R) Honda Civic Si 8 3 9 227
17 United States Steve Blethen (R) Mazda RX-8 9 5 6 220
18 United States Michael Pettiford Volkswagen Jetta GLI 7 7 6 220
19 Canada Marlin Langeveldt (R) Mazda RX-8 10 4 7 217
20 United States Tommy Boileau (R) Mazda RX-8 8 8 8 204
21 United States Tom Lepper Chevrolet Cobalt SS 10 10 6 196
22 Canada Anthony Rapone (R) Honda Civic Si 3 4 DNS DNS 189
23 United States Don Istook Volkswagen Jetta GLI 9 11 11 178
24 Sweden Carl Rydquist (R) Mazda RX-8 13 DNS 12 DNS 12 159
25 United States Ray Mason III Honda Civic Si 8 5 148
26 United States Carl Hober Honda Civic 8 8 136
27 Canada Aaron Povoledo Volkswagen Jetta GLI 12 6 130
28 Venezuela Roberto Ricciardelli (R) Volkswagen Jetta GLI 11 9 121
29 United States David Tuaty Honda Civic Si 12 9 118
30 United States Tom Martin (R) Volkswagen Golf GTI 9 13 115
31 United States Ian Baas Volkswagen Golf GTI DSQ 3 101
32 Venezuela Alex Popow Volkswagen Golf GTI 4 97
33 Belgium Jan Heylen Volkswagen Jetta GLI 9 DNS DNS 84
34 United States Brandon Peterson Honda Civic 7 72
35 United States Bob Roth (R) Honda Civic 11 57
36 United States J.D. Mobley Mazda RX-8 DSQ DSQ 12 57
37 Venezuela Enzo Riccardelli Volkswagen Jetta GLI DNS 0
Pos Driver Car STP MIL LGA MOS MDO SON Points

TCB[edit]

Pos Driver Car MIL MOS SON Points
1 United States Jonathan Start (R) Fiat 500 1 1 4 3 3 3 4 5 5 946
2 United States Craig Capaldi (R) Ford Fiesta 3 3 3 2 2 5 651
3 Bermuda Russell Smith (R) Kia Rio 7 6 6 2 1 2 630
4 United States Connor Ford (R) Honda Fit 5 DNS 2 1 2 3 584
5 Canada Andre Rapone (R) Honda Fit 1 1 1 480
6 United States Sage Marie Honda Fit 4 4 1 335
7 United States Braden Miller (R) Ford Fiesta 6 5 6 4 DNS 329
8 United States Steve Gatrell (R) Honda Fit 3 3 4 293
9 United States Peter Schwartzott, Jr. (R) Mazda 2 5 4 4 262
10 United States Shaun Bailey Mazda 2 2 2 DSQ 252
11 United States Brad Adams Mazda 2 5 6 6 235
12 Canada Jim Kenzie Kia Rio 6 6 6 234
13 United States Jeff Lepper Kia Rio 5 1 230
14 Canada PJ Groenke (R) Mini Cooper 4 5 165
15 United States Joel Lipperini Honda Fit 2 110
16 United States Dan McKeever Ford Fiesta DSQ 0
17 United States Michael J. Lliteras Kia Rio DNS DNS 0
Pos Driver Car MIL MOS SON Points

Manufacturer championships[edit]

Manufacturer points are awarded according to the highest-finishing car from that manufacturer. Only manufacturers that are SCCA Pro Racing corporate members receive points.[7] Points are awarded on the following basis:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 9 7 5 3 2 1

In addition, one bonus point is awarded to the pole-winning manufacturer. In the table below, the manufacturer's top finishing position is shown, with pole winner in bold.

GT[edit]

Pos Manufacturer STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points
1 United States Cadillac 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 5 2 4 2 82
2 Sweden Volvo 3 9 2 5 1 4 3 11 3 1 1 1 69
3 Germany Porsche 2 1 4 1 4 2 2 3 2 6 3 4 68
4 United States Chevrolet 8 6 16 3 6 11 10 1 1 8 9 12 28
5 Japan Nissan 13 14 14 12 14 13 12 9 11 11 8 13 0
Pos Manufacturer STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th–6th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Points)
Purple Did not finish
Blank Did not
participate

GTS[edit]

Pos Manufacturer STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points
1 Japan Acura 2 2 4 5 1 2 3 7 6 1 3 2 68
2 United States Ford 1 1 2 6 3 3 4 3 3 10 16 3 54
3 United States Chevrolet 4 3 8 1 5 1 1 9 4 11 7 1 52
4 South Korea Kia 7 10 3 2 6 8 6 1 1 5 5 4 41
5 Japan Nissan 11 14 13 11 12 16 14 13 14 19 11 7 0
Pos Manufacturer STP LBH MIL LGA DET MOS MDO SON Points

TC[edit]

Pos Manufacturer STP MIL LGA MOS MDO SON Points
1 Japan Honda 2 2 1 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 1 2 1 2 106
2 Japan Mazda 1 1 4 1 4 5 2 1 4 1 14 3 2 1 91
3 Germany Volkswagen 7 3 7 5 1 2 1 8 5 2 3 6 3 9 56
4 Sweden Volvo 1 7 7 10
Pos Manufacturer STP MIL LGA MOS MDO SON Points

TCB[edit]

Pos Manufacturer MIL MOS SON Points
1 Japan Honda 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 67
2 Italy Fiat 1 1 4 3 3 3 4 5 5 44
3 United States Ford 3 3 3 2 2 5 6 4 7 36
4 South Korea Kia 7 6 5 6 6 6 2 1 1 33
5 Japan Mazda 2 2 6 5 4 4 5 6 6 28
Pos Manufacturer MIL MOS SON Points

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