60 for 60: Day 8 – Detroit muscle, Swedish engineering, German style

Alex Figge's bid for a third straight win was thwarted by electrical problems.  (Photo: S. Bloom)

Alex Figge’s bid for a third straight win was thwarted by electrical problems. (Photo: S. Bloom)

We’ve long viewed the Pirelli World Challenge as one of our favorite racing series, a passion that dates back to its predecessor, the Speed World Challenge.  Very few series provide both manufacturers and private entrants with first-rate circuits and a diverse field of cars. Familiar brand names and models help the series connect with fans, and the race format ensures a lively pace.

The picture remains bright, particularly as the ALMS and Grand-Am Series are struggling to achieve an orderly transition following their merger.  For 2014, World Challenge has announced a 16-race schedule that mostly follows the IndyCar Series (races with the Trans-Am series and Nascar are also planned).  The series continues to embrace the GT3 format, homologating the Porsche 911 GT3 for next season.

This photograph was taken moments before the GT/GTS race at Sonoma.  The battle for the GT title came down to the final race in Houston, before Johnny O’Connell emerged as champion ahead of James Sofronas (Audi) and Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac).  Randy Pobst finished fourth for Volvo.

60 for 60″: for 60 days, from November 1 to December 31, we’re posting 60 of our most memorable images from the 2013 racing season.

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