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Old 17 Aug 2011, 02:10   #1
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Seeing as the event is this weekend, I thought time was getting a bit short, and a start to this thread was in order.

The race is back to Saturday afternoon/evening, and will once again be 4 hours, not just 2hr 45min.

Last I saw, the entry had 36 cars: 4 LMP1s, 1 LMP2, 7 LMPCs, 15 GTs, and 9 GTCs.

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Dagys is reporting that there have been some late changes to the entry list. It looks like the big change is that Kyle Marcelli is not racing with Intersport and is instead in the Performance Tech car with Jarrett Boon and Anthony Nicolosi. James French and Michael Marsal will be in the #37 LMPC with Jon Field and Clint will be in the #89 with the Ducotes. I wonder what to make of all these moves. Someone brought bigger checks to Intersport? Or maybe Marcelli wasn't too impressed with Jon's moves at Mosport!

Also, it looks like Emilio Di Guida will partner Dion von Moltke this weekend.

Dagys says there has been a lot of breaking ALMS news tonight and he'll have more on it tomorrow. We'll have to see what is going on (obviously the points situation discussed in the Mid-Ohio thread is pretty big news).
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I think the other big news has to do with Marcelli. Initially, when he debuted in the ALMS, he was with Performance Tech or Primetime Race Group - however it was branded (as I believe they are one in the same, Prime Time being the name Joel Feinberg's money brought to the team)... then he took his (Dad's? Mom's?) car and sponsorship to Intersport and now he is once again turning tail, and going back to Performance Tech. Curious stuff. I guess JD will clear it up for us tomorrow.

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Includes the latest driver changes announced today and the extra entries. Will be updated later in the week if required.
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Thanks Andy! Looks good (as always). It will be interesting to see what that new GTC car looks like in the flesh. I keep thinking bumble bee, but we'll see.
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It seems strange that Tucker would choose the spyder, as opposed to the coupe, for a track like Road America.
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It seems strange that Tucker would choose the spyder, as opposed to the coupe, for a track like Road America.
The spyder is cost-capped and therefore has more power, less weight and faster refuelling times than the un-cost-capped coupe.
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It's not like any of that matters since they're running against no-one... coupe can finish races and that's what they're after, plus at least that car would have the looks on it's side. But I guess it should be considered a success if they finish ahead of the LMPC field - which I think is still running with bigger restrictors than the European counterparts(?) - and maybe Autocon lolz.

If there's an ideal Corvette track in this world, well, this it is. Mark my word, we'll be on the top step of the podium come saturday.
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If there's an ideal Corvette track in this world, well, this it is. Mark my word, we'll be on the top step of the podium come saturday.
And yet it seems the BMWs have had the upper hand at this track the last few years with a win last year and a 1-2 the year before! Just saying, I wouldn't count my chickens...

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There's a reason for that but I'm not sure if we need to start this Bimmer rant again, leads nowhere... at least the FIA was kind enought to separate them from the rest of the GT2 field last year at Spa
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If there's an ideal Corvette track in this world, well, this it is. Mark my word, we'll be on the top step of the podium come Saturday.
Back in the GT1 days, RA clearly suited the Vettes. But they have never seemed to have as much oompfh(sorry technical term) as the Bimmers.

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Wasn't there a Lamborghini Gallardo in the series a few races back? What happened to that?
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Corvette always goes well in high-speed flatout tracks like Sarthe, RA, Mosport... even if the current package might not match the GT1 (or indeed the current opponents) elsewhere.

2009 is a bit hard to judge as it was the second-ever race for the chassis plus they were still using the seven liter, and while the german smiley-faces were slightly ahead in last years race our cars did qualify 1-2.
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The team put the car they used earlier in the year up for sale. They claimed on their Facebook page that they will be returning with a new car later on, but we'll see.

The car was highly uncompetitive so I can't really blame them if they pull the plug.
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The motor, for what is said about how powerful the GT3 cars are, seemed pretty anemic. I imagine IMSA knocked on the trailer door the week before race day at Sebring with some tiny little restrictors for the Lambo. It was also silent most of the time I saw it at Sebring, even before it was being dragged back to pit road done for the day.

Back to the topic at hand, I am quite interested to see where the 55 fits in with the LMPC cars, as I haven't heard or seen any bulletins that say the PC cars must go back to the early-season restrictor.

As always will be rooting for the 45 Lizard and anything Porsche in GT.

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