dsc 2005 Awards 6 – North American Car of the Year

Despite a Championship win the Audi R8 doesn’t make the top three here. Neither does its chief tormentor the Dyson Lola B01/60: these two though provided compelling racing throughout the ALMS season.

One of our panel chose, purely on the basis of looks and soundtrack, the Maserati MC12, despite a fairly fruitless season.

The top three here though could barely be more different.

Third place here is a car dominant in its natural habitat. To dominate in a format of racing which leaves little room for development is as difficult a trick to pull off as exists in racing. Bill Riley’s Mk XI Daytona Prototype pulled it off impressively.

Second place goes to our European winner in this category – there are many in our panel who are disappointed that it seems that the Zytek 04S may only be seen in guest appearances once again in the ALMS in 2006, their appetites whetted by stunning pace at Laguna Seca.

The winner here though was beaten only once in its debut season, and then only with bad luck in its debut race. Other than that the two yellow missiles utterly dominated proceedings in GT1, despite the best efforts of the ACEMCO Saleen and, at Sebring and in the final two races by Aston Martin Racing, they were nothing short of world class throughout the year, taking ALMS and Le Mans titles at the first attempt – how many more might follow? We’ll have some fun watching!

The dailysportscar.com Car of the Year 2005 for North America is the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R.

“Quick and SO strong!” – Graham Tyler

“Fully sorted, right out of the box.” – John Machaqueiro

“The American supercar swept all.” – Jeannie Kjos

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