A new year.... and a new opportunity as Blok competes in the IMSA Cooper Tire Prototype Lites Series!
Always looking for a challenge and an opportunity to broaden his horizons, Beachburg native Nathan Blok is pleased to announce that he will be racing select races in the IMSA Cooper tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda series.
IMSA Lites is part of the Mazda Road to the 24 ladder system and grooms drivers for future IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship competition in the Prototype and Prototype Challenge classes.
The Mazda Lites series is separated into 2 classes, Lites 1 (L1) and Lites 2 (L2). The L1 cars utilize a 2.0 liter MZR engine that puts out 230 HP. The L2 cars use a production based 2.3L Mazda engine that delievers about 200 hp. Both classes utilize the Elan DP02 chassis on Cooper Tires. These racecars weigh less than 1200 lbs and have huge tunnels for plenty of downforce. The cars are designed to FIA F3 crash standards.
Nathan has signed with Performance Tech Motorsport based out of Florida, USA. Before joining the Weather Tech and Prototype Lites Championships, Performance Tech was a mainstay in PC and GT2 competition in the American Le Mans Series. The team won the IMSA Prototype Lites L1 Driver Championship in 2009, the final Prototype Lites round of the 2010 season at Road Atlanta and the Privateer Cup as the top-finishing privateer team at the 2008 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“I am very excited to take a step up the ladder in my racing career by competing with such a successful team like Performance Tech Motorsport. Coming off an exciting and title winning season in F2000 Canada, I learned a lot and I am ready for the challenge the Prototype Lites has to offer. I am really grateful for the continued support of Aikenhead's Drug Store, LAD's Auto Recylers, Woody's MVR, H and H Constructions, Sunsign Graphics, MacMillan Transmission, Belder Tools as well as my new partner Plastiglas.”
The first weekend of May Nathan was in Palm Beach Forida where he tested the Tenaquip/Aurora Tools/Zenith Safety Products Prototype Lites car. This was his first and only opportunity to test and practise prior to the July 8 to 10 race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville.