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Old 4 Aug 2018, 00:45 (Ref:3841259)   #1
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IMSA 2018 State of the Series

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I just looked at the first press releases .... Sprint Cup for GTD? Two prototype classes?

And what really matters ... a new million-dollar logo for the 50th anniversary. Now we can all sleep easy.

I will be back after I have pondered and digested and hopefully will have something of worth to regurgitate.
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Old 4 Aug 2018, 02:06 (Ref:3841275)   #3
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Also they placed PLM on a very bad weekend. PLM goes up against the biggest amateur race of the year, the SCCA Runoffs, which are being held at VIR and is expecting to draw anywhere between 800-1000 cars over all the invited classes (24-26 classes). This is going to be a crunch for some crews and especially the F&C workers as SCCA helps supplies workers for both races.
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Old 4 Aug 2018, 18:22 (Ref:3841459)   #4
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I read another comment on another site but it was spot on. Now we have a PC class again. I was really wanting to see it come back and LMP2 is pretty much as close as it gets. It will open up that LMP2 class to more rich gentlemen and thus make the racing even better just like it was in the old days.

Three GTD classes even adds to the excitement and will be just the icing on the cake.

We need to have a competition as to who can make more classes, PWC or IMSA.

A suggestion, add GT4 Pro as a class in Weathertech and have three championships for them too. I know that GT2 has to be on the next class for consideration.
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It will open up that LMP2 class to more rich gentlemen and thus make the racing even better just like it was in the old days---when PCs caused yellow flags every 17 laps or so.
Fixed that for you.
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Old 4 Aug 2018, 22:07 (Ref:3841487)   #6
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I think he was being sarcastic.
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I think he was being sarcastic.
Wow .... that is embarrassing. I guess I was too blinded by my own bitterness to see it. ugh.

It is actually pretty obvious, looking back. When I first read the post, I just thought, "There is someone with whom I disagree strongly, but I won't pick a huge fight." Glad I didn't.
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Decided to take meeting minutes from the Ask Atherton podcast on RadioLeMans.com:
-Ruled out having 4 class color codes. Will stick to red for pro and green for pro am. Justification is that it is easy to tell apart a prototype and GT car by their looks so the color just needs to separate the 2 classes within each spec of car.
- IMSA will never share weekend with IndyCar at Watkins Glen
-Atherton wants series to go back to Portland
-Nervous that IndyCar and IMSA races in 2019 are scheduled close to each other. But making sure that they donít take away resources from promoting IMSA race
-Would love Road America race to be longer but admits he canít due to full season costs/hours racing
-Atherton thinks that an LMP2 could potentially still compete with DPI cars overall potentially at a race like Daytona
-No new DPI manufacturers are imminent (at least says publicly)
-Silver driver status is performance/data driven not who writes the checks
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Decided to take meeting minutes from the Ask Atherton podcast on RadioLeMans.com:
-Ruled out having 4 class color codes. Will stick to red for pro and green for pro am. Justification is that it is easy to tell apart a prototype and GT car by their looks so the color just needs to separate the 2 classes within each spec of car.
That's fine when you're looking at a car. But the timing tower doesn't always have a car. So when you're looking at a generic amateur surname, you sometimes have absolutely no idea what class it is.

This one is just stupid. It takes almost no effort to make it a little bit easier to see what's going on.

Rest of it seems fair enough.
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Why not make all of the end plates have an item just like for track position? Then it will have the driver ranking listed as to who is driving the car at the time. That way, the fans would be more involved because when the see a P, they know they will be able to take a break and go to the bathroom. When there's a B, they know they can start the "office pool" as to when the next FCY comes out.
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-Silver driver status is performance/data driven not who writes the checks
They've said that every f****ng year since the merger and never actually execute on it. Never. But hey, most people believe them every year and some keep coming back so why change it.

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They've said that every f****ng year since the merger and never actually execute on it. Never. But hey, most people believe them every year and some keep coming back so why change it.

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You are probably right. Interesting to note that I think GTD has fewer super silvers this year than in the past. Granted grid numbers overall are down too. Madison Snow and Katherine Legge are certainly super silvers. That's about it from what I can analyze though. Not a coincidence they are 1st (Snow w/Sellers) and 2nd in season points standings.
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They've said that every f****ng year since the merger and never actually execute on it. Never. But hey, most people believe them every year and some keep coming back so why change it.

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This is why they do it. It's because they want you to stop spending money in PWC and go back to them because they will fix the problem. Promise, they will. This time is different.

Since that's settled, what class are you running in for 2019? I think LMP2 is where you need to go. No more fake rankings and no more factories to deal with. All of this will be cheaper as IMSA has instituted drastic cuts in cost. Expect all rental seats to be around 40% less for 2019.
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You are probably right. Interesting to note that I think GTD has fewer super silvers this year than in the past. Granted grid numbers overall are down too. Madison Snow and Katherine Legge are certainly super silvers. That's about it from what I can analyze though. Not a coincidence they are 1st (Snow w/Sellers) and 2nd in season points standings.
Then you have guys like Lawson. How many times does that guy need to win championships and most of the time is driving one of the few GM products out there yet never gets past Gold. Then there Paul Holton. The guy is a factory McLaren driver (it's on the IMSA site) yet being factory means, you can't still run in GS (where Platinum is banned). Billy Johnson can't run because he's Platinum because he was a Ford Factory driver. McLaren is OK but Ford is not.

Good to see that IMSA will fix this. Last thing we need are team announcements in November only to find that they complain because the drivers they signed can't run because they are ranked too high. Then they go appeal and in the end, get accepted. Pretty much the same situation that has happened ever since they instituted driver rankings.
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This is why they do it. It's because they want you to stop spending money in PWC and go back to them because they will fix the problem. Promise, they will. This time is different.

Since that's settled, what class are you running in for 2019? I think LMP2 is where you need to go. No more fake rankings and no more factories to deal with. All of this will be cheaper as IMSA has instituted drastic cuts in cost. Expect all rental seats to be around 40% less for 2019.
GTD sprint cup sounds plausible to. Especially since somebody has until May of next year to get a program organized and funded. That's about 9 months away.
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