Welcome to nicheforSpeed.com

Current Motorsport Status and History including Formula 1 (F1), World Endurance and GT (WEC, IMSA, Weathertech), IndyCar (NTT), and NASCAR (Monster Cup) racing. Please explore and enjoy your niche for speed.

Prior Season

2014 IMSA GT Season

Next Season

2014 IMSA GT Season
Photo Credit: Richard Prince.
Champion Constructor: SRT Viper (US,1,1)
Putative Constructor: SRT Viper (US)
Champion Driver: Kuno Wittmer (CA,1,1)
Putative Driver: Kuno Wittmer (CA)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model GTS-R, 7.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, OHV, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated disc brakes, unitary steel spaceframe, double wishbone independent suspension, power-assist steering, 625 horsepower (ORECA, Bob Lutz).

North American enthusiasts heave a sigh of relief in 2014 as ALMS and Grand-Am endurance racing finally gathers beneath a single banner with the France family-operated United States Sportscar Championship with sanctioning from a resuscitated IMSA. An innovation on the part of the newly sprouted USSC involves the rating of drivers per experience and mandating the mixture of professional and privateer pilots in all classifications except for the top-tier prototype and GT categories. A class victory by Jonathan Bomarito and Canadian upstart Kuno Wittmer at Austin in September boosts SRT Motorsports with the much admired Viper GTS-R entry atop the table past season-long points leader Pratt & Miller Corvette and the team sprints away with the inaugural USSC constructors title. A third place finish in class in the season finale at the Petit Le Mans in October allows the relatively unknown Wittmer to leapfrog the established P&M pilots and narrowly secure the drivers crown in a tremendous upset result. A federal judge in February sentences former team owner Gregory Loles, partner in the Grand Am-series winning Farnbacher-Loles Porsche 911 GT entries of the late 2000s decade, to twenty-five years for swindling nearly $30 Million USD from unsuspecting investors and spending the same upon a lavish lifestyle that included the financing of his well-prepared Porsche racing operation. The Pratt & Miller Corvette beneath Jan Magnussen and Antonio GarcĂ­a win four consecutive USSC events between mid-April and mid-July.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

SRT Viper89     Wittmer57
Pratt & Miller Corvette70     Bomarito56
BMW RLL56     Magnussen J52
Porsche55     Garcia A52
Risi Ferrari40     Kaffer40
AJR Porsche25     Fisichella40

Noteworthy 2014 Races

2014 Oak Tree Grand Prix Alton, Virginia2014 2014 Oak Tree Grand Prix At VIR for the Oak Tree Grand Prix (three hours) in August, the race comes to a Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 under Pierre Kaffer (DE) and Giancarlo Fisichella (IT) that covers 268.1 miles (average 97.17 mph), under a second (.492) ahead of a Porsche driven by Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler. With only six minutes remaining after a late race caution condition, the Risi Ferrari beneath Fisichella and the Alex Job Porsche of Henzler battle door handle-to-door handle over the closing laps before Fisichella executes a pass for victory at Turn 11 on the final circuit for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott.