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Old 3 Jan 2020, 02:06 (Ref:3949586)   #16
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I'm a bit surprised for the low coverage of the roar this year. Only SC365 have put pictures and news.

Maybe this year the roar is too close to new year.
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 11:56 (Ref:3949668)   #17
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I'm a bit surprised for the low coverage of the roar this year. Only SC365 have put pictures and news.

Maybe this year the roar is too close to new year.
Hasn't really started yet though.
IMSA Radio is doing three special programmes (one each night), as in previous years.
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 13:56 (Ref:3949688)   #18
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RWR has appeared and are targeting adding a second car for their LM program, and more LMP2 races this season.

https://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/r...e-mans-effort/
I have been pretty skeptical that this team would materialize, but they have shown up and that if more than i thought would happen. They seem to be open to using a variety of machinery too, Ligier in Asia, Riley stateside, and possible a different Ligier in Le Mans.
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 17:07 (Ref:3949712)   #19
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Well one LMP2 down already, no budget for second PR1/Mathiasen car, sadly I think that was expected by most.

And as per the usual lately, Tincknell fastest out of the gates in the Mazda at 1:36.027. Renger running second with WTR 7 tenths back.

For the GT fans, Tandy in the Porsche topped the charts at 1:44.271, little over a half second ahead of baby Herta in the BMW. Corvette turned at 1:45.563 with Milner (5th)

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I have been pretty skeptical that this team would materialize, but they have shown up and that if more than i thought would happen. They seem to be open to using a variety of machinery too, Ligier in Asia, Riley stateside, and possible a different Ligier in Le Mans.
They turned 2 laps without a time, but a few others did as well (Performance Tech and the Dalla Lana GTD Aston)
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 17:25 (Ref:3949718)   #20
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Well as far as the PR Matheson entry goes. Its not a big loss despite the entry list size. We know LMP2 class is where the most risk for safety car periods are going to be.

Lap times should not be a big deal right now. Maybe some will go for it during the pit garage/lane time trials. So that should be interesting. Still think one of entries should not be required to go. Maybe IMSA could even make that change for this year. Could get a GTD entry or two out of it yet.
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 18:28 (Ref:3949722)   #21
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Well one LMP2 down already, no budget for second PR1/Mathiasen car, sadly I think that was expected by most.

And as per the usual lately, Tincknell fastest out of the gates in the Mazda at 1:36.027. Renger running second with WTR 7 tenths back.

For the GT fans, Tandy in the Porsche topped the charts at 1:44.271, little over a half second ahead of baby Herta in the BMW. Corvette turned at 1:45.563 with Milner (5th)

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They turned 2 laps without a time, but a few others did as well (Performance Tech and the Dalla Lana GTD Aston)
Thanks for posting the results, I forgot there was a session already today. While looking at the GTD times I was wondering if there is an FIA requirement to name your car "Make Model GT3" because every single car on the list has GT3 in its name. Shouldn't we already know it is a GT3 if it is in the GT3 class?
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 19:22 (Ref:3949727)   #22
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That's a sizable gap in the two Joest Mazdas....Tincknell ain't that faster than Pla.

A respectable first session for the C8s...
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no doubts mazdas could get the pole, race will be another story of course and as usual will lack of pace with the AER that will blow soon or later.
Stupid IMSA that doesn't let publish top speeds anymore...
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Old 3 Jan 2020, 22:16 (Ref:3949737)   #24
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no doubts mazdas could get the pole, race will be another story of course and as usual will lack of pace with the AER that will blow soon or later.
Stupid IMSA that doesn't let publish top speeds anymore...
Mosey on over to results.imsa.com and you can find your top speeds and much more information than that.
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Mosey on over to results.imsa.com and you can find your top speeds and much more information than that.

yeah I mean the IMSA alkamel results site...
can't remember well because have past more than 6 months, as far I remember top speeds are not published anymore because last year at road america penske and/or mazda drivers at the end of main straight, used deliberately to brake before the ST marking unlikely lower top speeds.

Some teams checked the top speed sheet .pdf and complained about that behaviour, so IMSA decided that marked top speed would remain classified for everyone from the very next race...
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Old 4 Jan 2020, 01:50 (Ref:3949755)   #26
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#77 back to the pace, set the fast time of the day in the 2nd session. BMW up front in GTE too. The barge's aren't too bad. Kyle Busch getting faster in his Lexus RC F GT3 as well.
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You think Paul Dalla Lana would be the type to not penalize the other crew and drivers who need a pay check for running the Rolex 24, because HE got injured skiing. I hope he is a better man than that. He seems to have enough cash. But I am not sure though. The car is at the track, the drivers and crew are there. But they are not running. Situations like this will separate the respectable gentleman drivers to the ones who are selfish pricks.

Ben Keating had to leave a race due to a hurricane one year I think. But the team kept running the car that weekend. The lady who funds the CAT Acura and the GEAR Lambo this year looks like won't drive when she initially was going to but they are still going.
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You think Paul Dalla Lana would be the type to not penalize the other crew and drivers who need a pay check for running the Rolex 24, because HE got injured skiing. I hope he is a better man than that. He seems to have enough cash. But I am not sure though. The car is at the track, the drivers and crew are there. But they are not running. Situations like this will separate the respectable gentleman drivers to the ones who are selfish pricks.

Ben Keating had to leave a race due to a hurricane one year I think. But the team kept running the car that weekend. The lady who funds the CAT Acura and the GEAR Lambo this year looks like won't drive when she initially was going to but they are still going.
I assume you're referring to him not funding the car if he doesn't run? In which case I 100% disagree that Paul is a "Selfish prick". It isn't selfish to not want to spend an obscene amount of money to get nothing.
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Unpopular opinion time:

Ams deal with rain better than Pros. This race reminds me of VLN. It started in insane conditions that some bigger series wouldn't run in. And other than a few hiccups, the drivers have coped really well so far. Similarly, VLN has run in conditions that others wouldn't even run under SC, and it's usually fine too. I've seen Blancpain Pro races that are a much worse state than this in better conditions.
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Idemitsu sponsorship on the Mazdas is a pretty big deal. Not just the IMSA cars, but the oil company has become involved with Mazda's programs all the way to their (large) grassroots racing programs.

https://racer.com/2020/01/04/mazda-l...ew-dpi-livery/
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