Sometimes the toughest test of a race driver’s skill is at 60 mph, not at 160 mph. GT Academy Champions Steve Doherty and Bryan Heitkotter slipped, then gripped their way to a hard-earned podium finishes in today’s Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car (TC) class race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Doran Racing #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias started sixth, set the second-fastest race lap and finished a hard-fought fourth Friday afternoon in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) action on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's brand-new scoring pylon saw its first day of official duty on Thursday, and at the end of the Grand Sport qualifying session for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series (CTSCC) that afternoon its LED lights showed the Doran Racing #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC solidly in sixth place, just 0.292 of a second off the pole.
Virtual-to-reality, gamer-to-racer, sim-to-win. Call it what you like. Jann Mardenborough showed the world he has what it takes to win in GP3 against the cream of the crop of single-seater racing talent.
Twenty years from now, when racing historians look back at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, they will likely make note of Nissan's entry of the innovative ZEOD RC's historic full competition lap under all-electric power.