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Old 11 Jul 2019, 01:52 (Ref:3916945)   #1261
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21 cars for the all GT Lime Rock race. Happy as long as we can keep that number at 20 or above. But no Audis again. As their slow disappearance from the Weathertech series continues.

Anybody else besides me get real excited for the all GT races? Lime Rock and VIR, with a Spa 24 in between. One of the best times of the year for fans of GT racing specifically. Always have preferred GT cars over Protos since I got into sportscars in the early 1990s.
I don't prefer it but I do enjoy these two races. Mostly because the tracks are fantastic and the racing is good. 20 cars is a bit thin but I think it will work out vir could handle prototypes as well but it is just not in the budget schedule for the series
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Old 11 Jul 2019, 05:49 (Ref:3916959)   #1262
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I'm wondering what they'll do next year about the GT-only events, with GTLM down to six cars and GTD looking more likely to lose than to gain cars in the offseason as well.

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Old 11 Jul 2019, 11:16 (Ref:3916993)   #1263
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I'm wondering what they'll do next year about the GT-only events, with GTLM down to six cars and GTD looking more likely to lose than to gain cars in the offseason as well.

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If McLaren steps up for the full season I think we could see a couple there to maybe offset the losses from this season but for Lime Rock fewer is better honestly. There were a few absolutely dull processional races in ALMS with terrible dive bomb attempts to get by. Qualifying was often MUCH better than the race. VIR though could use the DPis as well on track
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Old 11 Jul 2019, 14:42 (Ref:3917020)   #1264
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If McLaren steps up for the full season I think we could see a couple there to maybe offset the losses from this season but for Lime Rock fewer is better honestly. There were a few absolutely dull processional races in ALMS with terrible dive bomb attempts to get by. Qualifying was often MUCH better than the race. VIR though could use the DPis as well on track
VIR is well established as being an all GT race since 2014 now. The teams love the all GT format as well. I think they will not allow IMSA to bring protos back to VIR. I'm on their side for that one too. There should be at least 2 all GT races. Laguna Seca as a track would work for all GT. In the past that event has had P/GTLM only, which produced great races. The issue with Lagua is that is in the west coast. Could see GTD being dropped there one day if the future if traveling costs need to be saved.

So yeah I guess 2020 scheduling speculation can start :-)

The S365 notebooks hints at no "significant" changes, which tells me tracks and dates will remain. But other things like class structures, sprint cup, will Daytona or Detroit be non-points, etc is up for discussion still.
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Old 11 Jul 2019, 15:21 (Ref:3917023)   #1265
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From an SC365 article on the future program(s?) of Riley and Ben Keating:

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ďI think itís a tough environment for a gentleman driver to come over here because itís too many races,Ē he said.

ďThatís the problem. Itís too much like a job for these guys that are working their normal deal. Thatís one of the biggest problems Ben has; thereís just too many races.Ē
In the light of these comments, I don't think making more races GT-only is a good idea. Rather, IMSA should try to shorten the schedule for GTD by having prototype-only rounds (Bring in the LMP3s from IPC for that!) or even by combining GTLM and MPC-GT4 for a round.
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Old 11 Jul 2019, 22:00 (Ref:3917069)   #1266
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In the light of these comments, I don't think making more races GT-only is a good idea. Rather, IMSA should try to shorten the schedule for GTD by having prototype-only rounds (Bring in the LMP3s from IPC for that!) or even by combining GTLM and MPC-GT4 for a round.

Nah, keep VIR and Lime Rock the way they are. GTLM should get to have the overall victory at least 2 times. Prototype only round is fine too. One of the few things IMSA has not tried yet since the unified series started. Detroit is perfect for that.

GTD sprint cup can go away. It was worthy try but did not attract enough interest. I suggest IMSA either do one of these two ideas (not both) 1)Make Daytona GTD non points or 2)Laguna Seca Prototype/GTLM only
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As much as IMSA is often the target of usually well earned criticism I think this time they've learned and made the right call. Magnus racing has a new weekend livery to celebrate Apollo 11 this weekend, and IMSA let them change number and number plate, and mirror & wing endplate, color to black to stick with the scheme.

https://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/m...ime-rock-park/

And remember, tomorrow is Corvette C8 day in NYC. Not sure if it's just street car or street and race unveiling.
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Very cool initiative with the Magnus livery. I like how the USA on the side is oriented like the car is on the launch pad.
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That is sooooooo cool.
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Very cool initiative with the Magnus livery. I like how the USA on the side is oriented like the car is on the launch pad.
Yes agree. IMSA hope you are watching. I think we won't need the mirrors and wing plates to be green on every car. In WEC its just the number panel that is colored and it works just fine.
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Man GM is trying to erase the East Coast bias single handedly, the unveil isn't until 8 pm PDT. Don't think I'll be up for that and have to catch it in the morning.
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New C8 for 2020 looks insane and a bit Corvette but a bit astray from the classic look. The Z51 track pack appears to be a beast, 495 hp and 470 ft/lbs with a 0-60 of under 3 seconds. No pricing announced, supposed to start under 60k, and will be right hand drive available, and no, sadly the race car was not on stage. And the boss didn't bin the car driving this time to bring the car on stage.
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I hope it sounds the same as the previous C7.
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I hope it sounds the same as the previous C7.
No mention was made of a turbo Vette at unveil, they showed off the new LT2 6.2L V8 car. It does have the modern "feature" of adjustable exhaust note in the dash menu but I would guess that would be tossed from the GTE/LM version as step 1. I have not seen anything turbo related but it seems like everyone thinks the GTE/LM version will be.
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Based on what testing video exists, I'd say that the car was at least tested with a 4.0 flat crank turbo V8. That spec may or may not change when the C8R is shown to the public.
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