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Old 20 Apr 2017, 21:51 (Ref:3728050)   #2566
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Old 20 Apr 2017, 21:58 (Ref:3728054)   #2567
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Old 21 Apr 2017, 02:55 (Ref:3728083)   #2568
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The DPi section of Mariantic has some good info if you haven't been on there in a while:
http://www.mariantic.co.uk/lmp/DPI1.asp

Oreca thinks they will have a DPi customer for 2018, and possibly another for 2019.

But what i really liked were the side by side comparisons from Pan_Nullo. It really allows you to see what the differences are (or aren't) between the base P2 and the DPi bodywork of Mazda, Caddy, and Nissan.
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MP does a little "imagine if" type of article on the upcoming Honda DPi project driver possibilities. Pretty good scenarios possible for the drivers:

http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints...=&limitstart=1

He thinks Penske might get to choose drivers for 1 car and Honda for the other.
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Old 3 May 2017, 18:30 (Ref:3730803)   #2570
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MP does a little "imagine if" type of article on the upcoming Honda DPi project driver possibilities. Pretty good scenarios possible for the drivers:

http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints...=&limitstart=1

He thinks Penske might get to choose drivers for 1 car and Honda for the other.
I think that is what MSR has done with their full season lineup, I believe 86 is Shank-chosen, and 93 was selected by HPD.

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Old 11 May 2017, 00:40 (Ref:3732740)   #2571
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How do you guys think that Rickey and Jordan rank as drivers among the global sportscar elites (the Toyota, Porsche, fmr Audi drivers)? I know that Jordan proved he was worthy of respect at Daytona and Sebring up against the European crew.
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How do you guys think that Rickey and Jordan rank as drivers among the global sportscar elites (the Toyota, Porsche, fmr Audi drivers)? I know that Jordan proved he was worthy of respect at Daytona and Sebring up against the European crew.
While they maybe wouldn't be the fastest drivers in their respective line-ups, I think neither would look out of place.
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Old 11 May 2017, 16:26 (Ref:3732839)   #2573
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How do you guys think that Rickey and Jordan rank as drivers among the global sportscar elites (the Toyota, Porsche, fmr Audi drivers)? I know that Jordan proved he was worthy of respect at Daytona and Sebring up against the European crew.
I don't think they're up with the Lotterrers, Janis and Davidsons of the world, but I do think that if there was 1 or 2 more factory cars, they'd probably be good enough to be in them. If Porsche were willing to look outside of their programs a bit more, and Toyota decided to stop using Japanese drivers for the sake of nationality, I imagine they'd both get a serious consideration for a seat. If 2 more factory teams arrived, I think the Taylors would be in them, 100%. I think they're the best Prototype drivers in North America right now.

If you put them in WEC P2, they'd be some of, if not the best, pros to pair with Ams. They'd be mega in that class.
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I don't think they're up with the Lotterrers, Janis and Davidsons of the world, but I do think that if there was 1 or 2 more factory cars, they'd probably be good enough to be in them. If Porsche were willing to look outside of their programs a bit more, and Toyota decided to stop using Japanese drivers for the sake of nationality, I imagine they'd both get a serious consideration for a seat. If 2 more factory teams arrived, I think the Taylors would be in them, 100%. I think they're the best Prototype drivers in North America right now.

If you put them in WEC P2, they'd be some of, if not the best, pros to pair with Ams. They'd be mega in that class.
You can say that about Porsche or Audi using German drivers. I don't think they're as good as Kobayashi or Nakajima. Maybe better than Kunimoto, but he's a rookie, a Super Formula champion rookie lol. Give him some time and he'll be fine. He needs to up his pace in traffic that's the main problem. Who's to say that the Taylor's would do any better though? It takes getting used to the hybrids. The lift and coast, the traffic management, the double stinting, the different tires etc. Maybe GM can put up some money for a real p1 effort and they can be their own stars instead?
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Actually, Audi Sport employed relatively few German drivers, certainly not enough at one time on their LMP1 program to put one German in each car. Even Porsche employ only a couple of German drivers, though that's just the same as saying the same thing with Toyota and Japanese drivers. At least Kaz and Kamui have earned their keep if one wants to claim nationalistic nepotism.

If you really want to play the nationalism card, you need to look at Peugeot. The majority of their drivers were usually French, though they had to perform to stay there.

The Taylor kids it can be argued are there in part because of their father Wayne's ties to GM, but they're earning their keep and both have impressed the guys at Corvette Racing. And if anything, they're as good as if not better behind the wheel than their old man was, and Wayne was more than plenty formidable in his time.
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Toyota also use the Japanese guys because they came up from their driver program, which just so happens to be in their native country. In 2012, they only had Kazuki Nakajima with the rest of their 5 guys all European.

Back on the DPi topic, will IMSA bop the Cadillac down again? If they do I wonder if they'll go to intra-team bop and just hit the WTR crew? Weve seen it before in GTE(LM).
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Back on the DPi topic, will IMSA bop the Cadillac down again? If they do I wonder if they'll go to intra-team bop and just hit the WTR crew? Weve seen it before in GTE(LM).
Zero need to BoP the Cadillac down. If you look at the results sheets from every session, discounting the WTR car, there was always another car before the next Cadillac, and they were all very close to each other.

Highly doubt they'll do an ESM special BoP.
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Problem is that IMSA has a deal with the ACO to use the Gibson powered cars as the basis for BOP. That being said, you can't reliably BOP for driver line ups or the fact that the Riley (which is one of the ACO spec Gibson engined cars) seems to be junk.
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You can say that about Porsche or Audi using German drivers. I don't think they're as good as Kobayashi or Nakajima. Maybe better than Kunimoto, but he's a rookie, a Super Formula champion rookie lol. Give him some time and he'll be fine. He needs to up his pace in traffic that's the main problem. Who's to say that the Taylor's would do any better though? It takes getting used to the hybrids. The lift and coast, the traffic management, the double stinting, the different tires etc. Maybe GM can put up some money for a real p1 effort and they can be their own stars instead?
I don't see why GM would "put up some money" to run at Le Mans when about 90% of their market is in the United States. You could run a different GM brand I suppose but they're currently trying to offload Opel/Vauxhall so that isn't the best one to use. Chevrolet I guess but European Chevys are just Daewoos, hardly a brand you'd spend a quarter of a billion on for a racing project. I'd understand Mazda more, and Nissan but GM made the right choice to run IMSA rather than WEC for sure.

As for drivers, there's a good reason only Toyota have Japanese drivers and nobody else seems to consider them. German drivers turn up in most cars regardless of nationality. Japanese drivers rarely turn up outside Japanese brands. I think nationality plays too much of a role in the driver selection.
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Problem is that IMSA has a deal with the ACO to use the Gibson powered cars as the basis for BOP. That being said, you can't reliably BOP for driver line ups or the fact that the Riley (which is one of the ACO spec Gibson engined cars) seems to be junk.
Based on what I've heard there's equal likelihood that the problem is the team. Hard to tell when it's the only example running in ACO spec, though.
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