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Old 8 Jun 2018, 12:11 (Ref:3827643)   #1951
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Barbosa is out at AXR for the next two races at Watkins Glen and Mosport due to injury. He'll be replaced by Christian Fittipaldi in those two races, with the #5 Cadillac expected to run only two drivers at Watkins Glen.
What kind of injury? Did it happen on track?
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Old 8 Jun 2018, 13:16 (Ref:3827651)   #1952
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What kind of injury? Did it happen on track?
Sounded like a group ride bicycle accident, someone may have stopped abruptly or unexpectedly and gravity took over.
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Old 8 Jun 2018, 19:15 (Ref:3827725)   #1953
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Bit disappointed by their choice of replacement. Fittipaldi didn't strike me as extremely fast over the last few seasons. Would have been nice to see them draft in some Indycar talent.
There is a conflict with Mosport.
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Old 28 Jun 2018, 12:56 (Ref:3833445)   #1954
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Di Resta thinks IMSA is hurting itself because of the state of BoP between DPi and LMP 2
http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/137055
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Old 2 Jul 2018, 20:32 (Ref:3834356)   #1955
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ESM will only enter the #22 for Mosport after blowing three engines during the weekend at Watkins Glen, including two in the race.
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Old 3 Jul 2018, 02:25 (Ref:3834387)   #1956
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Di Resta thinks IMSA is hurting itself because of the state of BoP between DPi and LMP 2
http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/137055
He (and United) didn't really do himself any favor this weekend now did he?
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Old 3 Jul 2018, 11:51 (Ref:3834428)   #1957
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Some cars and drivers will be at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto on Wednesday July 4, from 5 to 8pm, to promote the CTMP/Mosport race weekend.
http://canadiantiremotorsportpark.co...wntown-toronto
http://norrismcdonald.ca/ctmp-ctmp-r...ext-wednesday/
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Old 3 Jul 2018, 14:42 (Ref:3834443)   #1958
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I read in the comments on SC365 that ESM only gets engines as they need them, and that they don't have a stock pile of them? Anything out there to confirm or deny that?

Also, what do they actually get from the Nissan deal aside from engines and maybe some sponsorship kickback?
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 01:06 (Ref:3834509)   #1959
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I read in the comments on SC365 that ESM only gets engines as they need them, and that they don't have a stock pile of them? Anything out there to confirm or deny that?

Also, what do they actually get from the Nissan deal aside from engines and maybe some sponsorship kickback?
Entry into the DPI class?
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 08:09 (Ref:3834535)   #1960
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Entry into the DPI class?
With the number of issues they have, wouldn't it be easier and probably just as good performance wise, to run a Ligier LMP2?
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With the number of issues they have, wouldn't it be easier and probably just as good performance wise, to run a Ligier LMP2?
They could focus all their efforts on LMP3, as an alternative ... but it seems they think that having people like Ryan Dalziel and Pipo Derani on the payroll, they can compete for overall wins ... at say, Daytona or Sebring ....

I'd guess that if they can get it right, they'd rather be "right" on the top step of the podium than be fourth and the fastest P2 ... and if they cannot get it right, it doesn't matter if they are in a DPi or a P2.

They want to compete for top honors in the top class. The competition is tougher. Engineering matters more.

Of course, getting nailed on the first lap is a set-back no matter which class, engine, or chassis a team chooses.

But, yes, to address your initial query, it would be simpler and cheaper to run in the de facto second-class P-car division .... and even easier, no doubt, to run a GTD Ferrari, Porsche, or Audi. Success Might be easier to come by ....

Or maybe not. As I recall, ESM only won once in GTE (GTLM.) Maybe it's the team, not the car.

Whatever ... Ed Brown obviously wants to be competing for overall wins, not to maximize points. Achieving a goal he doesn't want to achieve isn't much of an achievement, while striving to achieve what he really wants probably feels like an ennobling task, if also a painful trial.

Logic plays a big part in set-up, strategy, logistics ... but the basic decision to go racing is pre-logical, I think.
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 09:55 (Ref:3834562)   #1962
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I read in the comments on SC365 that ESM only gets engines as they need them, and that they don't have a stock pile of them? Anything out there to confirm or deny that?

Also, what do they actually get from the Nissan deal aside from engines and maybe some sponsorship kickback?
They don't get anything, the deal is they buy the engines from Nissan. Just like ByKolles in LMP1.
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 10:42 (Ref:3834576)   #1963
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They don't get anything, the deal is they buy the engines from Nissan. Just like ByKolles in LMP1.

Spot on for once. The entirety of the Nissan DPi program is funded by ESM - they paid the participation bribe, they buy the cars, they buy the engines. Nissan doesn't do squat - the only thing they "got" out of it that isn't simply them paying for something is that Onroak agreed to do the aero work either for free or at a massive discount(depending on who you believe).
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With the number of issues they have, wouldn't it be easier and probably just as good performance wise, to run a Ligier LMP2?
Absolutely, I was just throwing ideas out there. The Nissan Ligier has won races, so it isn't a terrible package, it just seemed to all go wrong last week. Overall they have had reliability issues, but they also have Derani to put in at the end of a race (if the car is functioning) to take it to the front!
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Old 5 Jul 2018, 15:57 (Ref:3834837)   #1965
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Its funny that the DPI vs Gibson LMP2 debate has become more intense than Daytona Prototype vs old LMP2. I miss those days actually. I loved the Corvette DP especially. Can't say I really have liked the DPI's very much.
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