2022 RFFL Champion
- Feb 8, 2017
Green Flag at 10:40 a.m. EST Saturday 3-17-18
Wow - that may be it for them!Pla and Paetron having gearbox issues again... Yikes.
Yeah, he sure proved you can't win a race in the first corner (besides in F1) but you sure as hell can lose one. Bonehead award there.I was only able to catch parts of this one, and not the first or last couple of hours. I take it Pla was apparently hitting the sponsor's product before the green flag instead of after the checkers. What happened to the Penske Acuras?
The #66 had contact with one of the BMWs on a restart about halfway through that sent them to the garage for a while. Other than that the BMWs were just fastest all week and the track really came to the Porsches at night. A track layout like this isn't a Ford strong suit.What happened to the GTs? Just outrun?
From what I saw, the #3 wasn't impressing anyone either.Wasn't for the Vette's either. Disappointing when the 4 car went down so soon
I have yet to find anything definitive, but what I've generally heard is that the DPis have some parts that are open to development like shocks/dampers, and obviously that's pretty crucial to a place like Sebring (and Long Beach and Detroit).I guess for the next race we are going to lose the United Autosports car and maybe another, which will put us at 16 prototypes. While that is disappointing after having 20 at the Rolex, remember most of the GTP years we rarely had more GTPs that that. We are actually in every bit as good of shape as we were in the golden GTP ear, but the trick is keeping it going and growing it.
The whole BOP business is way too complex for me to understand, but I know they have it wrong. While the United Autosports Ligier finished fourth on the lead lap, it was still about a second off the pace, and this was while being driven by former F1 driver Paul Di Resta and P2 ace Alex Brundle. Certainly the balance between the DPIs is really good, but the customer P2 cars need some help to get into the fight.
The European Gibson powered P2 is supposedly IMSA's baseline standard that all the others are BOPed to match, except it isn't. None of these P2 cars are being run by operations that don't what they are doing or driven by slow drivers....... the problem is that the BOP is off. The DPIs simply ran away from the P2 cars, and if I am a customer team who was forced to buy a Ligier or an Oreca because the factories wouldn't sell me a DPI, well, I would be pretty cheezed off right now.
We simply can't have this. The factory teams already have an insurmountable advantage with their huge budgets, but with the BOP this far off there's not a lot of reason to tough it out here getting their asses kicked, especially when they could go run up front right now in the WEC without changing a thing. Hell, a good P2 just might even have a decent shot at winning Lemans this year, so why muck around a second off the pace in IMSA?
We've got a really good field right now, but remember, teams almost always fall off the back of the grid. You never see the winners going broke and pulling out. It's always those that can't compete for good results, and we are not helping ourselves by letting the factories get this much of an upper hand. IMSA really needs to get the P2 cars and the privateers back into the fight and competitive again.