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Old 10 Sep 2018, 02:02 (Ref:3849126)   #556
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Sounds like an additional or a change in Lexus team for 2019, Racer reporting Vasser-Sullivan in the running for an IMSA program with Lexus. No confirmation regarding additional or replacement but seems like replacement is the leading rumor.

https://racer.com/2018/09/09/vasser-...-imsa-program/
Interesting to see new teams joining gtd from other disciplines. Wonder if they have connections with "silver" talented young open wheelers?
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Interesting to see new teams joining gtd from other disciplines. Wonder if they have connections with "silver" talented young open wheelers?
Good way to get more money, and track time, for those up and coming open wheelers. Especially with the potential for a sprint program in GTD.
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Sounds like an additional or a change in Lexus team for 2019, Racer reporting Vasser-Sullivan in the running for an IMSA program with Lexus. No confirmation regarding additional or replacement but seems like replacement is the leading rumor.

https://racer.com/2018/09/09/vasser-...-imsa-program/
The article makes it seem like it's an additional Lexus team not a replacement for 3GT. Either way, I'll be glad to see them on the grid again.
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The article makes it seem like it's an additional Lexus team not a replacement for 3GT.
"And while no definitive answer has been provided, the Jimmy Vasser- and James “Sulli” Sullivan-owned outfit could either serve as an addition to current Lexus partner 3GT Racing (pictured above), or as a replacement for the Michigan-based squad. Most have positioned the latter scenario as the anticipated outcome." (emphasis added)

You completely missed that part didn't you?
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"And while no definitive answer has been provided, the Jimmy Vasser- and James ďSulliĒ Sullivan-owned outfit could either serve as an addition to current Lexus partner 3GT Racing (pictured above), or as a replacement for the Michigan-based squad. Most have positioned the latter scenario as the anticipated outcome." (emphasis added)

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No I read that, even before it was posted here. I don't know why I worded my post the opposite. I should have said the article makes it seem like a new team instead of it saying not replacing 3gt. I don't mind either scenario as long as the RC F's continue next year. Honestly it seems like 3gt should have been winning a lot more often.
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If everyone's favorite report to hate has accurate information this time it seems like IMSA may be learning from past mistakes. There may be a reduced "marketing fee" for new GT3 manufacturers entering GTD, possibly leading to a McLaren Sprint campaign? Previous fee was reported to be a million, and definitely an insane cost for what return? His article also I think hints at the Lexus program with a 'new two-car team using GT3 machinery from an existing IMSA manufacturer.

Not listed in the article but think we could see CJ Wilson racing in more events with the Sprint series. And if someone can get Aston to pay up I'm sure Dalla Lana and others may try with the new GT3 for 2019, especially since it may not be ready/homologated for the start of the season. It could be an interesting time, and it could also be a huge dud, the giant promise and zero delivery we've come to almost expect in modern sportscars.
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If everyone's favorite report to hate has accurate information this time it seems like IMSA may be learning from past mistakes. There may be a reduced "marketing fee" for new GT3 manufacturers entering GTD, possibly leading to a McLaren Sprint campaign? Previous fee was reported to be a million, and definitely an insane cost for what return? His article also I think hints at the Lexus program with a 'new two-car team using GT3 machinery from an existing IMSA manufacturer.

Not listed in the article but think we could see CJ Wilson racing in more events with the Sprint series. And if someone can get Aston to pay up I'm sure Dalla Lana and others may try with the new GT3 for 2019, especially since it may not be ready/homologated for the start of the season. It could be an interesting time, and it could also be a huge dud, the giant promise and zero delivery we've come to almost expect in modern sportscars.
Reduced marketing fee for a sprint cup entry might be half the current fee for a full season campaign, keeping it in line with the projected budgets (sprint cup being approx. half the budget for a full season one incl. enduros + street races according to FL's Darren Law). $0.5 million would still be a huge amount...

It's also remarkable to notice how flexible Atherton's definition of 'commitment' seems to be.
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Looks like there is one taker for the Sprint GTD series, from S365: Moorespeed has ordered the new 911 GT3R for a GTD Sprint campaign. Have to say I'm not so sure about the Porsche placed drivers in the GTD cars, I'd have to lose Long, Bergmeister and others but it must be easier than a team hiring that driver themselves. But no idea how much the driver is of their budget.

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"Moore said the cost-effective nature of the seven-race Sprint Cup, which is understood to be in the $1 to 1.5 million range, made it an easy decision to step up.**
ďOne of the biggest factors in our move up was to find a more affordable step between the Porsche GT3 Cup championship and the big show,Ē he said."
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That's basically dialing it back to an ALMS GTC Porsche budget, which is very encouraging.
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I still don't understand why IMSA split the GTD class with so many championships.
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I still don't understand why IMSA split the GTD class with so many championships.
Because teams aren't going to sign up without discounted rates, look at GTD and the entries. Its not a stable class and I think we can all handle ONE extra championship for sprint racing. They already award full season and NAEC so adding the sprint title isn't that complicated
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