The Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup is the endurance competition that rewards the top performing teams, manufacturers and drivers in the four longest races in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The unique competition awards points at different segments in each of the four races, thus making strategy the most important factor in order to conquer the cup.
So far the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP team (with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa) was the best team to capitalize on strategy (in the Six Hours of The Glen they short-pitted in order to lead at the three-hour segment earning the maximum five bonus points) having now a five point lead, 31-26, over the No. 9 Action Express Racing team and brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle.
Scoring the minimum of two points in each of the two segments at Watkins Glen, the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP – six points back – and No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley – seven points back – fell to third and fourth in the Patrón Endurance Cup standings, while the race-winning Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP team moved up to fifth, 31-23.
Chevrolet has finished in the top two in seven of the nine segments to date to lead the manufacturer standings, 38-34, over Ford.
The Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup will be decided at the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 4 where competitors will earn points at four hours, eight hours and the finish, making strategy and consistency ever so important for those in pursuit of the Cup, worth $100,000 to the winners of the P and GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes, and $50,000 to the Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) teams! No. 4 Corvette C7.R, driven by Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, is leading the GTLM class, while the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 of Colin Braun, Jon Bennett and James Gue leads the PC class.The No. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell is the dominant competitor in the GTLM class.