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Old 14 Apr 2017, 12:35 (Ref:3726315)   #46
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I say, move the start to Saturday and make it a 24 hourer. One to open the season and one to close it...
'Might make the drive worthwhile and I could return to RA after 40 years of absence.
And start at 7 am Sat?? All race engines have to be done at 9 or 10 I believe for the noise ordinance, there was a 24 hour race earlier in the year with a 3 hour break for quiet time.
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 13:51 (Ref:3726341)   #47
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Pardon my ignorance of Braselton's noise ordinances. That would present a problem. 'Last I was there (late '70s) they ran in the morning but I don't remember what time they fired up. What time can engines be started in the morning and is it so every day of the week....Sunday different by chance? Is that why the Petit is run on Saturday? (Or is it convenience for spectators to return home. I had to do the 700 mile, give or take a couple, drive home for work Monday morning a few times after Sunday's events. Not a real pleasant thang...)
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 14:04 (Ref:3726345)   #48
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It's just Sunday, and they actually run Sunday morning. Historics 'enduro' 90 min race I think runs before quiet time. It's a church thing and think it's been around as long as the track or close to it.
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 14:13 (Ref:3726349)   #49
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2018 Imsa is the thread folks. The first page of posts has some good content to reply to!
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And I'm damn proud of it.

Panoz also had some crazy ideas. I just need a long term loan... :P
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I cannot say I know for sure why Sebring attendance was down this year--or if it really was (it sure seemed to be.) I think it might be because fans weren't too excited about seeing another Cadillac romp, and every indication was that that would be on the menu.
I'd be surprised if attendance was down at Sebring. I arrived on Wednesday to the largest Wednesday crowd I've seen in the 8 or so times I've been now. Our regular camping spot was already taken, years past there was no one even in the general area. Same went for race day, the viewing mounds were just as packed as ever.
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Old 17 Apr 2017, 18:17 (Ref:3727362)   #52
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I'd be surprised if attendance was down at Sebring. I arrived on Wednesday to the largest Wednesday crowd I've seen in the 8 or so times I've been now. Our regular camping spot was already taken, years past there was no one even in the general area. Same went for race day, the viewing mounds were just as packed as ever.
Also, the camping on the outside of the Ullman looked busier than it has been in years. I'd say this was easily the biggest crowd in the new-IMSA era. And probably the biggest since 2008.

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Old 17 Apr 2017, 21:22 (Ref:3727402)   #53
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Well ... if you say so. I didn't get that same feeling. In any case .... I still think that guy who said "IMSA has a good series in its hands ... and could drop it and break it irreparably pretty easily. I am sort of thinking messing with some of the most iconic and best-attended races is not the idea they are looking for." knows what's up.
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Old 19 Apr 2017, 01:28 (Ref:3727668)   #54
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Autoweek had a nice little piece on the nearly 50 year history of imsa.

http://autoweek.com/article/racing/t...n=awdailydrive
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Autoweek had a nice little piece on the nearly 50 year history of imsa.

http://autoweek.com/article/racing/t...n=awdailydrive
For those interested in the above, I've got a couple more for ya's. Since it's inception I've been an avid IMSA fan, minimal participant, and fan again.

I like these two very much. Get comfy 'cause there's a bunch of good stuff here:

First: http://www.imsahistory.com/

and foremost (to me, anyway):

http://alex62.typepad.com/imsablog/a...ing/index.html

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Why do some people want to cut P. LeMans.? We should want more racing not less.
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Budget, since IMSA does more racing a year than the WEC does, as the WEC outside of LM is only 6 hour races, while most IMSA races are 3 hours, but they have the odd 6, 10, 12, and 24 hour races, plus more races by number/volume a season.

IMO, the only cut I'd make would be to PLM, but make it like it was back in the ALMS days of 10 hours or 1000 miles, which comes first.
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Old 25 Apr 2017, 02:21 (Ref:3729028)   #58
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Money i know is a problem, but PLM is considered a imported races. It shouldn't be screwed over.
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As I said, the only change I'd make to PLM is make it back to being a 1000 mile race. Another problem that IMSA has is that several circuits got left in the cold due to the ALMS/GA merger, namely Mid-Ohio. But that means that most likely someone's going to get the axe unless some of the race costs are subsidized by the series or sponsors.

There was a similar debate about adding Monza to the WEC to have all the low downforce tracks on the WEC schedule pre Le Mans, and have all the high downforce sprint races after.
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Budget, since IMSA does more racing a year than the WEC does, as the WEC outside of LM is only 6 hour races, while most IMSA races are 3 hours, but they have the odd 6, 10, 12, and 24 hour races, plus more races by number/volume a season.
That...depends. Track time and scheduled race weekends each give a different answer for which series does more racing.

As far as race time goes the WEC has more racing. IMSA just has three races that exceed 6 hours rather than just one, and three more scheduled race weekends.

Unless I made a huge error in adding it up, the scheduled amount of race time in IMSA for 2017 is 65 hours, 20 minutes. In WEC it's 72 hours.

The IMSA time is the total of all the races combined, but each class misses at least one race, so no class actually hits that total. (I didn't feel like doing the math for every individual class)

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