After the long 24 and 12-hour endurance races at Daytona and Sebring, which also count towards the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the OAK Racing team is about to take part in the first sprint event of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.
The No. 42 OAK Racing Nissan-Morgan driven by Alex Brundle, Olivier Pla and Gustavo Yacaman brought home a fourth-place finish in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the second round of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship.
Both the Muscle Milk – Pickett Racing Nissan ORECA and the OAK Racing Nissan Morgan looked to match the pace of the Daytona Prototypes in the first three practice sessions for the Sebring 12-hour on Thursday.
Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough received the biggest news of his career earlier this week with the announcement that he will contest Formula One feeder series, GP3 in 2014. Now the young star is also set to make his North American race debut.
GT Academy 2011 champion Bryan Heitkotter has a history of strong qualifying laps during his Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) career, and his first drive in the Skullcandy Nissan Altima almost netted him his fourth pole position. But a flurry of fast laps in the closing minutes of the session bumped the #33 Skullcandy Nissan Altima to the second row for tomorrow’s Performance 200 race at Daytona International Speedway.
Nissan aims to return to its glory days of sports car success from the late 80s/early 90s with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing joining forces with the Japanese manufacturer as its official partner team.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule
1/24 - 1/26 Rolex 24 at Daytona
3/14 - 3/15 Mobile 1 12 Hours of Sebring
4/12 Grand Prix of Long Beach
5/3 - 5/4 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival
5/31 The Raceway at Belle Isle Park
6/7 Kansas Speedway
6/28 - 6/29 Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen
7/12 - 7/13 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
7/25 Brickyard Grand Prix
8/9 - 8/10 Road America
8/23 - 8/24 Virginia International Raceway
9/20 Circuit of the Americas
10/3 - 10/4 Petit Le Mans