For 1991, IMSA began promoting the Bridgestone Potenza Supercar Championship, a series with rules very similar to SCCA’s World Challenge but with a much wider audience, including being televised. To campaign against factory-backed temas from Porsche, Mazda, and Chevrolet, it was decided to establish LotuSport under the leadership of Jack Ansley. Besides team founder Doc Bundy, drivers added to the lineup included David Murry, Michael Brockman, Bobby Carridine, Paul Newman and Bo Lemler.
For the 1991 season, one of LotuSport’s main sponsors was Eclipse, an audio subsidiary of Fujitsu and based nearby the Lotus Cars USA headquarters in Atlanta.
(Who was Duncan Drye?) While the X180R was initially debuted by Duncan Drye? at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen, the official LotuSport team did not debut until the fifth Bridgestone Supercar race of the season, missing Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, and Portland. However, on the first outing, Doc Bundy took home a win in his Type 105 X180R.
For the Bridgestone Supercar Championship, all race cars were required to run on Bridgestone Potenza RE71 tires, trimmed to semi-racing depth, except during wet races where full depth RE71 tires were allowed.
|Sep 1, 1991||Road Atlanta||9||Paul Newman||LotuSport||7th||4th|
|Sep 1, 1991||Road Atlanta||10||Doc Bundy||LotuSport/Eclipse||2nd||1st|
|Sep 1, 1991||Road Atlanta||11||Michael Brockman||LotuSport||13th||8th|
|Sep 1, 1991||Road Atlanta||12||Bo Lemler||LotuSport||8th||5th|
|Sep 22, 1991||Road America||10||Doc Bundy||LotuSport||3rd||3rd|
|Sep 22, 1991||Road America||Bo Lemler||LotuSport||5th||6th|
|Sep 22, 1991||Road America||Paul Newman||LotuSport||6th||5th|
|Sep 22, 1991||Road America||9||Bobby Carradine||LotuSport||4th||2nd|
|Oct 13, 1991||Del Mar||9||Bobby Carradine||LotuSport||3rd||2nd|
|Oct 13, 1991||Del Mar||10||Doc Bundy||LotuSport||2nd||11th|
|Oct 13, 1991||Del Mar||11||Michael Brockman||LotuSport||4th||3rd|
|Oct 13, 1991||Del Mar||12||Bo Lemler||LotuSport||8th||7th|
|May 4, 1991||Sears Point||11||Paul Newman / Michael Brockman||LotuSport/Lotus/Eclipse||7th|
|May 4, 1991||Sears Point||10||Doc Bundy||LotuSport/Lotus/Eclipse||2nd|
|May 4, 1991||Sears Point||9||Bobby Carradine||LotuSport/Lotus/Eclipse||4th|
|Jun 1, 1991||Dallas||9||Bobby Carradine||4th|
|Jun 1, 1991||Dallas||10||Doc Bundy||8th|
|Jun 1, 1991||Dallas||12||Bo Lemler||9th|
|Jun 1, 1991||Dallas||11||Michale Brockman||14th|
|Aug 24, 1991||Denver||10||Doc Bundy||1st|
|Aug 24, 1991||Denver||9||Bobby Carradine||3rd|
|Aug 24, 1991||Denver||11||Michael Brockman||5th|
|Aug 24, 1991||Denver||12||Bo Lemler|
|Sep 23, 1991||Road America||9||Bobby Carradine||1st|
|Sep 23, 1991||Road America||10||Doc Bundy||3rd|
|Sep 23, 1991||Road America||12||Michael Brockman||4th|
|Sep 23, 1991||Road America||11||Bo Lemler||10th|
|Oct 20, 1991||Texas World Speedway||9||Bobby Carradine||1st|
|Oct 20, 1991||Texas World Speedway||11||Bo Lemler||4th|
|Oct 20, 1991||Texas World Speedway||10||Doc Bundy||10th|
|1||Shawn Hendricks||212||Bakeracing||Corvette R9G|
|2||Bobby Carradine||173||Pure Sports||Lotus Esprit Turbo (Type 105 X180R) / Corvette|
|3||Andy Pilgrim||170||Goodyear||Corvette R9G|
|4||John Schneider||167||Dal Tech Racing||Nissan 300ZX Turbo|
|5||R.K Smith||161||Dieline/Lobdell Emery||Corvette|
|6||Kathryn Teasdale||156||Protem Food Group||Corvette|
|7||Doc Bundy||143||Pure Sports||Lotus Esprit Turbo (Type 150 X180R)|
|8||Boris Said III||140||Baer Racing||Ford Mustang Supercharged|
|9||John Heinricy||134||Morrison Mountains/Mobil 1||Corvette|
|10||Kenny Wallas||129||Dieline/Lobdell Emery||Corvette|
Lotus will return to the race tracks and street courses of Aaerica campaigning three 1991 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE race cars.
Sports is at a time where it is fashionable for making comebacks, with the likes of Mark Spitz and George Foreman making headlines. However,_ Lotus beat everyone to ·the winners circle in 1990, winning four races, six pole positions, three top ten finishes and three top five finishes after a 25 year absence from American road racing The 1991 Lotusport Team will return to Sears Point Raceway on May 4th, and will attempt to repeat its historical winning performance of 1990. With only fourteen laps of testing before the season’s first race at Sears Point Raceway, a Lotus Esprit Turbo SE qualified fifth and went on to win, adding yet another notch in Lotus racing history.
The elite Lotus team will once again compete against a full field of American and imported car manufacturers battling for the Manufacturers, Drivers and Team Championship titles. Lotusport, Inc., from Atlanta, Georgia owns and operates the three car team and will campaign thea in the 1991 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Escort World Challenge Series.
The 1991 driver lineup will include stars that have winning results on and off the track. Doc Bundy, who finished second in the 1990 point chase will be joined by professional drivers and actors Paul Newman, Bobby Carradine and Michael Brockman. Bundy’s teammates have extensive racing and winning experience as professional race car drivers. The star studded team will surely provide American racing enthusiasts with an exciting show on and off the track in the ten race series.
Carradine, and Brockman have competed in American and imported cars - the same cars, as Lotus drivers, that they will now compete against.
Lotus Cars USA, Inc., in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Lotus Cars and Engineering, in Norfolk, England will provide technical support to the team. Former Formula One driver, John Miles will also be on staff to once again provide the team with his valuable engineering and driving talent. Miles returned to racing in 1990 with the 24-Hours of Mosport in a Lotus Esprit. The Lotus Team finished sixth after entering the first 24-Hour race since the last 24-Hour win for Lotus at Le Mans in 1964.
“For years Lotus road cars have benefitted from on-track experience. We have already made changes to our production cars with the knowledge that we obtained from the 1990 racing season," said Lotus Cars USA, Inc., President Ronald Foster.
Carradine summarized his involvement with the Lotusport Team: “I think it’s really great to drive a car as special as a Lotus. It really stands alone on and off the track with its' aerodynamic look and its fast pace. My goal this year is to repeat the 1990 winning performance, keep it up front, and get Lotus to the winners circle."