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Old 11 Oct 2017, 21:58 (Ref:3773764)   #76
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It could just be me, but it sounds more like there could be as many as two coming in, not that two have already begun preparations.
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Old 12 Oct 2017, 03:40 (Ref:3773795)   #77
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Correct. He can see 2 more for 2019. Discussions from his side are going well and Oreca "did well not to rush" (into the category).
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Old 7 Nov 2017, 14:28 (Ref:3779260)   #78
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Lexus is considering entering IMSA DPi.

http://www.racer.com/imsa/item/14552...sa-dpi-options
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Old 8 Nov 2017, 01:40 (Ref:3779353)   #79
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Lexus is considering entering IMSA DPi.

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That would be great, they can get the new Supra to fill the GT void.
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Old 9 Nov 2017, 03:59 (Ref:3779562)   #80
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Said this in another thread, but I think they'll wait and hope for the lmp1/dpi rules to align. Then have a united front in America and the WEC take it to Le Mans. Something like the factory GTE teams using the same cars in IMSA and WEC, Ford, BMW, Porsche etc.
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 23:34 (Ref:3781401)   #81
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It's a bit old (September 20), but here's another story on the future of the Belle Else race. Belle Isle became a state park in 2014 and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources honored the previous deal to allow the race through 2018. Whether the race continues after 2018 is now up for discussion.

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A contingent of residents and City Council members have regularly expressed concern over the timetable required for setup and tear-down of the annual event as well as restricted access to certain parts of the 982-acre island from April to June.

The Grand Prix this year had eight weeks to setup and three for tear-down. Organizers said they had committed to reducing the setup time to six weeks. Last year, it had been 10 weeks.
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Old 19 Nov 2017, 06:40 (Ref:3781439)   #82
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It's a bit old (September 20), but here's another story on the future of the Belle Else race. Belle Isle became a state park in 2014 and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources honored the previous deal to allow the race through 2018. Whether the race continues after 2018 is now up for discussion.

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It's a bit old (September 20), but here's another story on the future of the Belle Else race. Belle Isle became a state park in 2014 and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources honored the previous deal to allow the race through 2018. Whether the race continues after 2018 is now up for discussion.

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Thanks for posting, I hadn't heard that yet. I have no great feelings for or against the race, I just wish it didn't clash with test day.

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Notes from Daytona regarding future.

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A private meeting was held on Monday where DPi survey data was reviewed with the manufacturers who participate in the Prototype class. It's believed a general agreement to stay the course with the same DPi formula in the years ahead was made and suggestions of adding LMP1-style hybrid systems were shot down immediately. A general feeling of wanting to leave DPi unchanged described by those who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Of course they want to use the same car. And imo, racer.com is usually a site siding with the American view on things. Not that they can't report unbiased but you usually see them favoring imsa on the lmp rules type things.
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Well, Pruett is a GTP/LMP900/early LMP1 fan as much as anything, and IMSA has the closest thing to that era of cars right now.

I like the modern LMP1s as much as anyone, but LMP900, early LMP1, and IMSA GTP had more variety than modern LMP1 or LMP2.
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Of course they want to use the same car. And imo, racer.com is usually a site siding with the American view on things. Not that they can't report unbiased but you usually see them favoring imsa on the lmp rules type things.
So a report from MP about an AMERICAN series should include a Euro perspective because????

If you want to hate the IMSA rules that's fine but to pretend there is Racer bias because they're reporting on US news smacks of envy and well honestly massive immaturity. Get off your high horse and realize they can report on US racing because IMSA is actually trying to plan ahead instead of the ACO method of telling everyone nothing other than utt will be great, just wait.
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Racer is a US magazine and obviously their reporting will be US-centric. Of course, to go along with my post above, a lot of the stuff I mentioned was when IMSA and the ACO had a clear path and goals and a map to get there, as opposed to the current ACO administration who lived in the moment when VAG and Toyota were throwing money at LMP1, and using nationalistic nepotism on LMP2 later on.

That view might not be popular with those who support ACO racing, and I'm a fan of the WEC as much as anyone is, but when someone drops the ball, you have to be willing to call a spade a spade, a king a king, a joker a joker, etc.

Not saying that IMSA's perfect however, as I'm not a fan of micromanaged BOP among other things (though the ACO have been known to pull that joker out of the deck to a lesser extent, too, especially in the GT classes). There's still places that both have failed and both have succeeded.
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Of course they want to use the same car. And imo, racer.com is usually a site siding with the American view on things. Not that they can't report unbiased but you usually see them favoring imsa on the lmp rules type things.
Pruett is responsible for the vast majority of the sports car content on Racer.com. He was also one of the most vocal opponents of the DP generations 1-3, and the DP 3.5/P2 mix that IMSA had from 2014-2016. So he doesn't simply trumpet what is going on over here.

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