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Old 23 Mar 2021, 17:40 (Ref:4042498)   #1
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IMSA 2022: Looking to the future

Maybe early, but it is starting to heat up a bit with reg’s for the new classes getting closer. Consolidation of GT looks to be going smoothly. Multiple mfgs already announced for LMDh and others seemingly on the cusp of doing so. Interesting days ahead for us all!


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Old 23 Mar 2021, 19:00 (Ref:4042529)   #2
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DPI looks to be smaller with Mazda going away. But the races so far show that the Cadillac and Acura teams are fast, reliable, and equal in pace.

What of the rumor of LMDh cars being invited to compete in late 2022? Would be test and demo appearances for them perhaps. Can't see them touching pace of DPI cars, who are the fastest active sportscar racing class globally now.

The story of what GTD looks like needs to played out through the rest of 2021 still it appears.
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Maybe early, but it is starting to heat up a bit with reg’s for the new classes getting closer. Consolidation of GT looks to be going smoothly. Multiple mfgs already announced for LMDh and others seemingly on the cusp of doing so. Interesting days ahead for us all!


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The GTD Pro (why can't they just call it GT3 Pro?) class will be very interesting. IF IMSA ends up keeping the cars in the exact same spec as GTD, we could have the AM cars winning this GT overall. We saw this with the first years of DPi when the P2 cars from Core et al. could stay close enough with the AM driver then put the pro in and let him charge through the field. Personally, I think they will do something to create separation. It might even be a minimum drive time thing for the AMs that extends their seat time. It sounds like manufacturers want to keep specs the same for cost reasons. Tires are still up in the air.
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The GTD Pro (why can't they just call it GT3 Pro?) class
I think because the GT3 "trademark" is owned by S. Ratel?
Same reason why they call it SP9 at the Nurburgring 24 hours?
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I think because the GT3 "trademark" is owned by S. Ratel?
Same reason why they call it SP9 at the Nurburgring 24 hours?
Don't know, in le mans cup there is a proper named gt3 class and don't know if is a SRO branded championship like GTworld, british gt etc...
Don't know if SP is for "specs" or "special" but it's more related to a performance range than a copyright issue, infact in the past gt2 cars could be in SP7 or SP8 according to engine displacement or in SP-X if the gt2 was entered in national specs. I think gtD is used to give more "personality" to the class, like something strictly related to daytona->IMSA as gtLM (instead of GTE) is related to le mans. Same about DPi that sounds much better than something like lmp2+ or lmp2evo...
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GT >2 < 3. Somewhere in between.
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And it is a continuation of the previous nomenclature pattern?? They used to have specific 911s built for the previous idea of the class, nothing like making someone buy a special car to save costs.
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GT >2 < 3. Somewhere in between.
Maybe IMSA changes it to GT Pro and GT Am, and just drops the D? I don't know why this bugs me so much!
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IMSA following NASCAR's lead, Roar to be dirt course at Daytona.

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Maybe in a Florida road trip next year I can go to Daytona for Roar weekend. Do the resorts in Orlando in the week and the 24 on the next weekend on the way back.

The Q-race as it was this year..not so great. Splitting proto and GT might be worth a shot this time around. Either that or just go back to traditional time trial qualifying. Its ok if the Roar is just a test. But otherwise try a Motul Twin 125.
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Funny how word usage takes off sometimes. "Stratification" within GT cars is not necessariy. Especially when GTD Pro and GTD are both GT3 categories. Just let the difference be the drivers and nothing else. I've never been a big "Stratification" fan as a whole myself even wtih Prototypes and GTs. Did not anybody find the interclass battle at the 2015 Petit Le Mans an incredible race to watch? Or seeing the Porsche GT and Ferrari 333 battle on track at the Petit Le Mans in 1999.

https://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/g...-manufacturer/

It will be hard to get exicted for IMSA GTD in 2022 beyond Daytona, Sebring, and any all-GT races though. Because IMSA GT will now be more directly competing with Gt World Challenge Europe, NurburingRing series, and DTM now supposed to past where it was the WEC.

And those series might have an advantage for the perspective of GT fans because they don't have protos running around filling up space on the track and its not (most of the time) for overall wins. IMSA will have the Corvette C8R's wheras the others won't though. As mentioned in the article "national homologation". I do very much hope Chevrolet will come up with GT3 homologated C8R for 2023.
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Funny how word usage takes off sometimes. "Stratification" within GT cars is not necessariy. Especially when GTD Pro and GTD are both GT3 categories. Just let the difference be the drivers and nothing else. I've never been a big "Stratification" fan as a whole myself even wtih Prototypes and GTs. Did not anybody find the interclass battle at the 2015 Petit Le Mans an incredible race to watch? Or seeing the Porsche GT and Ferrari 333 battle on track at the Petit Le Mans in 1999.

https://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/g...-manufacturer/

It will be hard to get exicted for IMSA GTD in 2022 beyond Daytona, Sebring, and any all-GT races though. Because IMSA GT will now be more directly competing with Gt World Challenge Europe, NurburingRing series, and DTM now supposed to past where it was the WEC.

And those series might have an advantage for the perspective of GT fans because they don't have protos running around filling up space on the track and its not (most of the time) for overall wins. IMSA will have the Corvette C8R's wheras the others won't though. As mentioned in the article "national homologation". I do very much hope Chevrolet will come up with GT3 homologated C8R for 2023.
Who do you think the potential 6 manufacturers would be?

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Corvette
BMW
Porsche
Lexus
Lambo
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I can see 5 of those 6 working out. I wonder who could run the Acura Pro effort? Can also see Mercedes and Audi bringing out the big guns for Daytona and Sebring. (Marcielo, Engle, D Vanthoor, etc). Also Porsche can certainly expand their efforts too. GTD Pro might feel like a GT World Challenge Europe enduro race plus Corvette for the 36 hours of Florida races in 2022. Yeah....I'm for that!
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I can see 5 of those 6 working out. I wonder who could run the Acura Pro effort? Can also see Mercedes and Audi bringing out the big guns for Daytona and Sebring. (Marcielo, Engle, D Vanthoor, etc). Also Porsche can certainly expand their efforts too. GTD Pro might feel like a GT World Challenge Europe enduro race plus Corvette for the 36 hours of Florida races in 2022. Yeah....I'm for that!
It is unknown at this point how much factory support the pro class will have. I suspect some, at least with drivers, but beyond that, no clue.

My shot at teams in pro:

Corvette racing (duh)
BMW - Rahal and maybe a Turner car in the future?
Porsche - Wright or Pfaff and maybe a Core car?
Lexus - Vasser Sullivan
Lambo - Paul Miller and maybe Grasser
Acura - ???
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