1991 Racing Season — Lotus X190R

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.

  • Drivers: Doc Bundy, Bobby Carradine, Paul Newman, Michael Brockman, Bo Lemler
  • 3 IMSA Bridgestone races + 6 World Challenge races

IMSA Bridgestone Potenza Supercar Championship

  • 1 win (33% of 3 races the X180R campaigned in out of the 8 for the IMSA Supercar season)
  • At least one top two finishing driver in every race entered
  • 5 podiums (in 3 races)
DateRaceNo.VINDriverEntrantGridResult
Sep 1, 1991Road Atlanta9Paul NewmanLotuSport7th4th
Sep 1, 1991Road Atlanta10Doc BundyLotuSport/Eclipse2nd1st
Sep 1, 1991Road Atlanta11Michael BrockmanLotuSport13th8th
Sep 1, 1991Road Atlanta12Bo LemlerLotuSport8th5th
Sep 22, 1991Road America10Doc BundyLotuSport3rd3rd
Sep 22, 1991Road AmericaBo LemlerLotuSport5th6th
Sep 22, 1991Road AmericaPaul NewmanLotuSport6th5th
Sep 22, 1991Road America9Bobby CarradineLotuSport4th2nd
Oct 13, 1991Del Mar9Bobby CarradineLotuSport3rd2nd
Oct 13, 1991Del Mar10Doc BundyLotuSport2nd11th
Oct 13, 1991Del Mar11Michael BrockmanLotuSport4th3rd
Oct 13, 1991Del Mar12Bo LemlerLotuSport8th7th

SCCA Escort World Challenge

DateRaceNo.VINDriversEntrantResults
May 4, 1991Sears Point11Paul Newman / Michael BrockmanLotuSport/Lotus/Eclipse7th
May 4, 1991Sears Point10Doc BundyLotuSport/Lotus/Eclipse2nd
May 4, 1991Sears Point9Bobby CarradineLotuSport/Lotus/Eclipse4th
Jun 1, 1991Dallas9Bobby Carradine4th
Jun 1, 1991Dallas10Doc Bundy8th
Jun 1, 1991Dallas12Bo Lemler9th
Jun 1, 1991Dallas11Michale Brockman14th
Aug 24, 1991Denver10Doc Bundy1st
Aug 24, 1991Denver9Bobby Carradine3rd
Aug 24, 1991Denver11Michael Brockman5th
Aug 24, 1991Denver12Bo Lemler
Sep 23, 1991Road America9Bobby Carradine1st
Sep 23, 1991Road America10Doc Bundy3rd
Sep 23, 1991Road America12Michael Brockman4th
Sep 23, 1991Road America11Bo Lemler10th
Oct 20, 1991Texas World Speedway9Bobby Carradine1st
Oct 20, 1991Texas World Speedway11Bo Lemler4th
Oct 20, 1991Texas World Speedway10Doc Bundy10th

1991 World Challenge Driver’s Championship

PositionDriverPointsTeamCar
1Shawn Hendricks212BakeracingCorvette R9G
2Bobby Carradine173Pure SportsLotus Esprit Turbo (Type 105 X180R) / Corvette
3Andy Pilgrim170GoodyearCorvette R9G
4John Schneider167Dal Tech RacingNissan 300ZX Turbo
5R.K Smith161Dieline/Lobdell EmeryCorvette
6Kathryn Teasdale156Protem Food GroupCorvette
7Doc Bundy143Pure SportsLotus Esprit Turbo (Type 150 X180R)
8Boris Said III140Baer RacingFord Mustang Supercharged
9John Heinricy134Morrison Mountains/Mobil 1Corvette
10Kenny Wallas129Dieline/Lobdell EmeryCorvette

1991 Lotus Cars USA Press Release

Lotus Makes Successful Comeback Racing in America

by Lotus Cars USA, Inc.

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."