Microsoft Visual Studio Announces ‘Team to Win’ Award

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The Microsoft Visual Studio “Team to Win” Award will be presented to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team that demonstrates the best example of teamwork during each race of the 2014 season. Microsoft created this unique promotion with IMSA for the 2014 season and today announces the first set of nominees for the award.

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The Microsoft Visual Studio “Team to Win” Award will be presented to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team that demonstrates the best example of teamwork during each race of the 2014 season.

Making the award program unique will be a voting component that will allow fans to determine the winners.

Visual Studio, Microsoft’s application development software, continues its involvement in motorsports after sponsoring the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series event at Road Atlanta in 2013. The “Team to Win” theme that reflects the software’s collaborative development focus has found a great analogy in the tremendous teamwork required of world-class sports car racing.

“The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stands as one of the great showcases for teamwork,” said Matt Nunn, Director, Developer Tools Product Marketing. “The ability to harness the power of individuals to achieve a common goal is at the heart of every great on-track performance. Teams of software developers need that same ability, and a great set of tools, when collaborating on new products. Visual Studio is pleased to work with IMSA to recognize the fundamentals of teamwork that we know is key to any winning effort.”

Microsoft’s involvement will include a cash prize to be awarded to the leading vote getters following each event. Four teams will be chosen by a panel of experts following each race and it will be from those four nominees that the fans will be able to choose the winners.

The first set of nominees, chosen from the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, are:

1) DeltaWing Racing Cars
2) Action Express Racing
3) Level 5 Motorsports
4) Flying Lizard Motorsports

Fans can vote through Noon Friday, March 14, at, with the winner being announced March 15 at the famed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

“We’re pleased that Microsoft has identified the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as a strong platform of teamwork and collaboration,” said IMSA Vice President, Marketing, David Pettit. “The Visual Studio Team to Win Award is a great opportunity to recognize the effort teams put in to each race.”

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About Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is an integrated solution that enables individuals and development teams of any size to turn their ideas into exceptional, compelling applications. It enables all stakeholders involved in software delivery to take advantage of state-of-the-art tooling to create outstanding experiences that delight end users with a simplified development solution that enables quality through all the tasks and roles involved in a software project. For more information, please visit

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions two developmental series, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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