As the season passes the half-way point, the championship is tighter than ever and each weekend anyone can win.
Five points equal pandemonium.
That's the spread among the top five DP class-leading teams as the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series heads to the July 26 Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indianapolis-based Wayne Taylor Racing and Starworks with Alex Popow share the top spot with 194 points – the tie broken by Taylor's two victories.
Each team's pair of drivers – Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli in the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP and Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow in the No. 2 Starworks with Alex Popow Ford/Riley – head the driver rankings where five points also separate first from fifth.
They share the lead but not, perhaps, the momentum. The No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP tandem of Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa has won the last two races at Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Action Express and Fittipaldi are each four points out of the lead in their respective standings.
"I can't remember a championship in the past years being this close at this point of the season," said Jordan Taylor. "We are past halfway and it seems like everyone on the grid still has a shot at winning this championship."
"What other championship has such a great and close battle?" asked Angelelli. "There will be no discounts on the track, meaning every position will be difficult and the fight will be hard all the way down to the last corner of the last lap.
"If anyone can predict a winner then he can definitely see the future because I can't. It is definitely impossible to predict."
Fittipaldi said a slow start to the season wasn't indicative of the team's potential. A re-pairing of drivers after the Barber Motorsports Park round also paid dividends. Barbosa joined Fittipaldi in the No. 5 car with the Frisselle brothers, Burt and Brian, taking charge of the No. 9.
"We haven't been doing anything different really but we just clicked at Road Atlanta and now some of that is starting to show," he said. "I think it comes down to the team effort.
"I think, too, if you look at the performance of the 9car – especially the last two races – they have also been very strong. Having two cars with strong pace (is) good synergy for everyone."
Matters are equally undecided in the GT category. Consistency has earned the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 a lead of six points. But the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R – with four victories in the past five races – is closing in fast. Scuderia Corsa and its No. 63 Ferrari 458 Italia also are six points off the lead.
The driver championship mirrors the team rankings: John Potter and Andy Lally topping Stevenson's Robin Liddell and John Edwards and Scuderia Corsa's Alessandro Balzan.
"In order to win the championship, we know we will have to fight harder as a team," said Balzan, whose best finishes in the season's races are seconds at Barber Motorsports Park and Belle Isle.
Stevenson wasn't sure how its Camaro would match up with its largely European-manufactured competition – especially on tracks where it lagged in the past. The organization returned with its driver and crew lineup intact, which Edwards said is the difference so far.
"It's the total package this year," he said. "With the level of competition in the field, the team's execution of pit stops and strategy put us at the front and in a position to defend at Barber, Atlanta and Detroit.
"I would say Watkins Glen was the first race that we really won with the fastest – or one of the fastest – car but that track has always suited the Camaro."
Teaming with Liddell for the second season has produced chemistry in the driver's compartment.
"Robin and I usually aren't asking for different things from the car so we're generally on the same page on whether the car is good or bad," Edwards said. "The continuity of having the same teammate as well as the same crew from one year to the next plays a big role in the team functioning well.
"I think we've seen the result of that in the first half of the season."
The GX class features a back-and-forth battle among two manufacturers. BGB Motorsports and its No. 38 Porsche Cayman, a two-time winner, hold a six-point advantage over the No. 00 SpeedSource Mazda6. SpeedSource's two-car team has won the most recent four races.
SpeedSource got off to a rocky start suffering engine failures in both cars early in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The malfunctions were outside the organization's test matrix and served as what owner-driver Sylvain Tremblay called "a big wake-up call."
"We're about halfway to where we want to be," said Tremblay. "The car out brakes (last year's GT) RX-8 and it handles better over the bumps."
The Mazda represents a number of "firsts." A low compression diesel hadn't previously been raced. The engine is the first production diesel to be used in a road racing application.
"We're the definition of (experimental)," said Tremblay. "We've seen value. It's a great platform to develop."
SPEED will broadcast the July 26 Brickyard Grand Prix beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.