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Vasser Sullivan set to claim 1st major motorsports title. Team still eyeing return to IndyCar

Vasser Sullivan set to claim 1st major motorsports title. Team still eyeing return to IndyCar

Two years after leaving IndyCar to give their full focus on their growing sports car team, Vasser Sullivan Racing will win its first major championship Saturday

Vasser Sullivan started the IMSA sports car season strong enough that it was quickly apparent a championship was finally in reach for the Lexus factory program.

So when the No. 14 rolled into Canada in early July fresh off a win at Watkins Glen and podium finishes in four of the first five races, confidence was extremely high, especially after the team won the pole.

But the race didn't go as planned, Ben Barnicoat went off course during the race, and the car finished fourth. Team owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan think it might have saved the season.

“We were on an absolute tear, Ben had an off, it was really unfortunate that it happened. However, Jimmy and I are really glad that it did happen because it was a wakeup call, to the two of us and to the team,” Sullivan said. "Because where we were at was controlling a championship, no longer just leading it.