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Old 17 Jul 2017, 19:51 (Ref:3752232)   #466
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Does anyone know the status on the Toyo Tires rumor? Could that be the U.S. customer interest in the RSR?

One would think, assuming Toyo (and the Lizards?) are serious, a more "proven" customer platform like the 488 might be the best route? However, all reports indicate this version of the RSR has a much wider setup window than the old car did.

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Old 17 Jul 2017, 19:58 (Ref:3752236)   #467
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I believe that FLM is pretty loyal to Volkswagen Group makes, hence the Ferrari isn't an option. They've run Audi R8 GT3 cars in some races, but that's not an option, either, as Audi Sport won't support a R8 GTE/GTLM program. Audi and Porsche are in GTD, but that's a spec tire class for Continental.

GTLM is about the only place to go, Porsche for them are probably the only way to get there. If that's the case, will they do like the ALMS and have one all pro car and one pro-am?
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Old 17 Jul 2017, 21:12 (Ref:3752256)   #468
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I agree, but I was surprised to see him faster than both the 55 drivers.

I do like to see the lap summaries that dhh puts together, they can be quite informative. Same thing with the GT-Eins lap graphics.
agreed

Sometimes I think there is a perception that the prototype drivers in IMSA arent quite as good as top end ones racing in WEC. I have felt this way at times but then you look at the data and its not often that the ones who come over for Rolex or Sebring really outshine the full-time guys.

Look at the sebring data. Cameron faster than conway, barbossa and fittipaldi faster than albequerque, both taylors faster than Lynn, Van Der Zande faster than Rast

https://twitter.com/dhhracing/status/843933855811813376

Also can look at when JDC brought in Beche who is clearly very fast, but Simpson was actually the one who was quicker by DHHs stat.

https://twitter.com/dhhracing/status/826050544116592640

there is some value in having run that car a bit more but clearly none of the lead IMSA guys are scrubs
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Old 18 Jul 2017, 07:22 (Ref:3752326)   #469
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I believe that FLM is pretty loyal to Volkswagen Group makes, hence the Ferrari isn't an option. They've run Audi R8 GT3 cars in some races, but that's not an option, either, as Audi Sport won't support a R8 GTE/GTLM program. Audi and Porsche are in GTD, but that's a spec tire class for Continental.

GTLM is about the only place to go, Porsche for them are probably the only way to get there. If that's the case, will they do like the ALMS and have one all pro car and one pro-am?


The lizards now spend most their days running Mclarens for Kpax....
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The lizards now spend most their days running Mclarens for Kpax....
Shhh, don't bring facts into the discussion. That might require actually watching the racing and paying attention instead of fantasy league racing.
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Old 18 Jul 2017, 13:51 (Ref:3752408)   #471
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Shhh, don't bring facts into the discussion. That might require actually watching the racing and paying attention instead of fantasy league racing.


How silly of me!
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Old 18 Jul 2017, 15:02 (Ref:3752419)   #472
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Joest is back in IMSA with the Mazda:

http://www.racer.com/imsa/item/14240...-debut-in-2018
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Old 18 Jul 2017, 15:06 (Ref:3752420)   #473
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As long as that engine stays together, Mazda will finally see wins.
That and somehow changing the tub design to get a smaller windshield.
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Wow, that is way out of left-field. :O
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Old 18 Jul 2017, 15:07 (Ref:3752424)   #476
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That's cool, Joest is a good team. Let's hope Mazda USA can provide some actual support this time.
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Old 18 Jul 2017, 15:08 (Ref:3752425)   #477
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Oh and hopefully people will finally shut up about Audi now.
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The lizards now spend most their days running Mclarens for Kpax....
Well Mr. Dagys certainly did not discount the possibility of a privateer GTLM team in the podcast this week on S365.

Also there will be Porsche factory drivers available if the LMP1 research and development program folds.
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Also there will be Porsche factory drivers available if the LMP1 research and development program folds.
There's always Porsche factory drivers available for quality programs -- it doesn't take the P1 program going away.

PS: The Toyo rumor is ridiculous on so many levels.

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