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Old 10 Jun 2021, 21:22 (Ref:4055634)   #31
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I expect factory corvette and bmw efforts for sure +
1 or 2 backed teams for porsche
backed 1 car risi or scuderia corsa for ferrari

grasser for lamborghini and HTP for AMG maybe, but not full season
Can see Audi put in an all pro car at Daytona for sure. Daytona 24 will be good for sure. Could have GT WC Europe level depth now.

The rest of the season..who knows beyond Corvette, BMW, Lexus, and perhaps the Porsche backed efforts. Would be nice if we can get KPax on board with their Lamborghinis. Could convince them if you have more all GT racess on the sked.
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Old 10 Jun 2021, 22:33 (Ref:4055638)   #32
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Is there a BMW attempt to upstage the Chevy here. Making an LMDH announcement as Chevy wants to do their GTD Pro confirmation.
Doesn't everyone and their dog expect GM to confirm a 2023 LMDh programme this weekend at Detroit?

I thought GTD Pro was confirmed a long time ago. GM also confirmed they're not making a GT3 car, but working on getting GTE BoPed into GTD.
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Old 11 Jun 2021, 02:28 (Ref:4055648)   #33
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Doesn't everyone and their dog expect GM to confirm a 2023 LMDh programme this weekend at Detroit?



I thought GTD Pro was confirmed a long time ago. GM also confirmed they're not making a GT3 car, but working on getting GTE BoPed into GTD.
Yeah, the confirmation you would expect this weekend would be the LMDh program and if it's Caddy or Corvette. GTD Pro has been confirmed already.

As for the takers for GTD Pro you've hit the nail on the head. Think we will see Lexus step up and pay the program to run full pros with Corvette and maybe the BMW guys (which team though) with an M4 until LMDh. Beyond that who?

Porsche-maybe with one car for the Enduro schedule but the rest of the season then what?

Audi-maybe to try to get BOP consideration by running a car?

Lamborghini-see above with multiple team options

Acura- already spending the money on DPi so

MB- they've made no noise so no?

Ferrari- Risi couldn't get a GTD program to be partially funded with their car, why suddenly now any interest?

McLaren- hell we can't get a full season car so

It's a class to keep Corvette running, and the hinting and teasing of 2023 confidential or better spec tires makes me think you'll see Caddy at the front and Corvette in GT still. And pushing for GT3 at LeMans. And IMSA already knows but can't tell us of course, think we'll know a lot more by Saturday afternoon.
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Old 11 Jun 2021, 09:54 (Ref:4055702)   #34
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....BMW guys (which team though) with an M4 until LMDh.
Oh, this is a good point. Now with the Pro class using GT3 machinery manufacturers will be less reluctant to start a short term programme, knowing that the car could be moved into private hands any time. It'll be a lot easier to justify building cars without long term plans approved. I haven't thought of that before. That's an undeniable perk of a global GT class, whatever it is.
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Old 16 Jun 2021, 02:58 (Ref:4056628)   #35
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https://www.motorsport.com/imsa/news...rgets/6573003/

IMSA back at Indy eh? I think the obvious choice of event to replace on the sked to get this is Detroit. Also with GTD Pro coming in the big break from Long Beach to Watkins Glen that GTLM had I think might be coming to an end. So they can get both DPI/LMDH and GTD Pro classes in that event.
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Old 17 Jun 2021, 12:27 (Ref:4056832)   #36
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I don't know what the attending fan experience is like or the viewing figures for that matter, but as a TV spectacle Detroit has to be the dullest venue on the ISMA schedule, and by some margin. Racing hasn't been great, as far as I can recall. And the track just looks like a corridor of concrete, each corner looking like the next. The only time when the audience sees anything else but grey concrete and ad banners is when the director takes us completely away from the action for some landscape shots (usually of the Chevrolet building). This is often the issue with street circuits, but places like Long Beach or Baltimore actually had some features visible from track cameras as well as onboards.
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I don't know what the attending fan experience is like or the viewing figures for that matter, but as a TV spectacle Detroit has to be the dullest venue on the ISMA schedule, and by some margin. Racing hasn't been great, as far as I can recall. And the track just looks like a corridor of concrete, each corner looking like the next. The only time when the audience sees anything else but grey concrete and ad banners is when the director takes us completely away from the action for some landscape shots (usually of the Chevrolet building). This is often the issue with street circuits, but places like Long Beach or Baltimore actually had some features visible from track cameras as well as onboards.
I think GM, and Penske when he was running in IMSA, were the main backers of having a Detroit race. But now that Penske is in charge at Indy, maybe he can draw the race over there instead. I guess the Indy Roval is better than Detroit??
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I think GM, and Penske when he was running in IMSA, were the main backers of having a Detroit race. But now that Penske is in charge at Indy, maybe he can draw the race over there instead. I guess the Indy Roval is better than Detroit??
He is the promoter of the event and has the links with GM for Detroit. I could see them move it to Indy but it's not like that racing is any better.
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Indianapolis has huge grandstands, and they full only once every year.
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Old 18 Jun 2021, 18:14 (Ref:4057040)   #40
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Putting an IMSA race there again isn't gonna do that either. It's been there 100 plus years with empty stands and will be that way other than the 500. The road course isn't much better than Detroit and at least they have GM's money right there at the track
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Yeah. IMSA at Indy? I think that it’s be me and a couple of other losers in the stands.

They should have an oval race. Other than the ‘50s race of two worlds at Monza (and my kid on Project Cars) have we ever seen sports cars on an oval?
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Yeah. IMSA at Indy? I think that it’s be me and a couple of other losers in the stands.

They should have an oval race. Other than the ‘50s race of two worlds at Monza (and my kid on Project Cars) have we ever seen sports cars on an oval?
I'm trying to think if Grand am ever ran on an oval without using some rinky-dink road course, but I'm not sure. GTP cars used to run at Charlotte, but I think they always had some type of a little drop down off of the oval. They used to test at Talladega but I can't recall a race there.
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Not a race, but
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I insist that either IMSA or Nascar should do an oval with two chicanes and no infield, like the Argentine Turismo Carretera does at Rafaela.
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Personally, not a fan of rovals. The infield turns tend to be quite flat and featureless. I found Charlotte last year to be rather dull, in spite of the downpour.

That said, I wouldn't mind seeing IMSA on a super high banked roval with very minimal infield section. Maybe some version of Talladega?
There's just something special in seeing the roof of the car you're following.
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