September 29, 2020

Acura has “desire” to move forward into IMSA’s LMDh era

An “intention to go forward” into the LMDh hybrid formula, which is planned to come on stream during 2022 but enforced in 2023, was outlined by the Honda brand on the announcement that Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing will run its existing ARX-05 Daytona Prototype internationals next year. “We are not confirming an LMDh program today, though clearly that is our desire together,” …Keep reading …

Acura prototypes to be run by Taylor, Shank in 2021

 Photo by: AcuraThe ARX-05s, which have scored six wins in the hands of Acura Team Penske since their debut in the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, swept last year’s Manufacturers’, Teams’ and Drivers’ championships.The move signals an end to Wayne Taylor Racing’s 10-year association with General Motors, with which it has won three of the last four Rolex 24s, and …Keep reading …

BMW wants larger GTLM field to commit to IMSA

In June, it was announced that Porsche will be withdrawing its CORE autosport-run factory operation from IMSA’s GTLM division, potentially leaving just Corvette’s pair of C8.Rs and BMW’s two Rahal Letterman Lanigan-operated M8 GTEs in 2021.While there was some speculation that GTLM could be merged with the GT3-based GT Daytona division, IMSA confirmed in its State of the Sport address this …Keep reading …

Porsche pulls out of Mid-Ohio IMSA round

The decision follows the Weissach marque withdrawing the works drivers that raced at Le Mans 24 Hours from this weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hours in the wake of a series of positive COVID-19 tests during routine checks.Of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers, three – Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki and Laurens Vanthoor – were present at Le Mans, and their last-minute withdrawal makes it …Keep reading …

Aubry to join Vautier in JDC-Miller Cadillac at Mid-Ohio

Aubry, who was PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ third man in the IMSA endurance events last year, winning at Watkins Glen, returned in the same role for the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year, finishing second in the LMP2 class.However, fresh off a torrid Le Mans 24 Hours, in which the Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca he was driving was disqualified for a team infringement, Aubry is heading for Mid-Ohio …Keep reading …

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LMDh’s full introduction to IMSA delayed until 2023

The North American series organizer announced in January that it planned for the new LMP2-based hybrid category to take over as its top class in 2022, with the caveat that market forces could push back the introduction. Now, it has revealed that the current Daytona Prototype international cars will race on into 2022 and that it is expecting to integrate the first LMDh contenders …Keep reading …

IMSA reveals 2021 schedule, LMP3 to join WeatherTech series

Notable among the dates is the Roar Before the 24 concluding just four days prior to official practice beginning for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and the absence of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, despite track owner Roger Penske expressing his hopes that sportscar racing might be in IMS’s future.IMSA’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen, so long a staple of Independence Day weekend …Keep reading …

IMSA restructures points system, introduces qualifying points

The pole winner in each of the North American championship’s classes will be awarded 35 points, with 32 for second place and 30 for third. The system mirrors IMSA’s current scoring rules for the races, with points theoretically available down to 30th position in class.  Each manufacturer’s highest-qualifying car also will earn points toward the manufacturers’ …Keep reading …

IMSA Road Atlanta: Acura survives ultra-late restart to win

For halfway report click here PrototypeThe second half of the race started with Dane Cameron’s Acura Team Penske ARX-05 running 6sec ahead of Renger Van der Zande’s Cadillac DPi-V.R of Wayne Taylor Racing, and Olivier Pla around a second behind in the #77 Mazda RT24-P. Then came Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque, Jonathan Bomarito in the second Mazda and a dozen seconds …Keep reading …

IMSA Road Atlanta: Acura, Porsche, Lamborghini lead after 3 hours

PrototypeAt the start, there was an immediate caution as Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron, who had responded to teammate and polesitter Helio Castroneves getting going, found himself squeezed onto the inside curb by the other front-row starter, Felipe Nasr’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cameron half spun but escaped damage and continued in seventh, but Matheus Leist’s …Keep reading …