P2 is definitely already more-expensive PC with the goofy shenanigans and low car counts but I can't blame IMSA so much anymore as I've heard recently that the most vocal proponent of split classes was John Church of JDC-Miller. They announced the split and then almost immediately JDC went out and bought two Cadillacs, which supposedly caught IMSA off-guard.
I believe no one thought you could buy a Cadillac and that may be why we were all so surprised. A big congratulations to Caddy for stepping up and supporting the series. A hearty boo to Acura and Mazda for refusing.
I'm just an internet dumbass but I knew no one would want to spend that kind of money to race in the B class that would only get coverage if one of them had a huge shunt. If you think about it, how many times did they actually talk about the P2 battle? The only time I saw a P2 car was when they were getting lapped or slamming into the wall. That makes it hard to sell your P2 program to any potential sponsors.
When the privateers don't have a chance to win, they lose interest. That's why we were down to four cars. After Sebring we could lose the Dragon Speed cars, and then we will be down to two. IMSA has already made a rule that P2 podium requires three cars. Imagine winning and not having a podium, and not getting any TV coverage. Take that to the sponsorship boardroom on Monday morning and see how tough that is to sell.
See, P2 is not working already. If you brought them back to DPI pace, I am betting all the P2 cars we had last year will come back, and so will some new cars. All you have to do is give privateers a reasonable chance to be competitive, and they will prop up your sport.
For example, P2 is the top class in the ELMS, and because these mostly privateer teams have a set of rules that allows them to compete fairly, they usually have 34-36 prototypes! OK, granted some of those are P3 cars, but we have P3 too. If we integrated P2 back into DPI and then added P3, can you imagine what the fields would look like?
Then after that there was no reason for CORE to stay in P2 and the Nissans became available so they jumped at the chance to stay in the top class..
It was great to see the Nissan, but it would be helpful if we have a few more. U think all the motor trouble they had late last year may have scared a few potential buyers off, though they seem to have a grip on it. Their fourth place yesterday was a nice reward, and like I say, they did have a shot at winning it.
If things don't change in 2020 I think they'll can the class..
I'de much rather see them give those cars a shot. People bought those cars thinking they would have a shot at the overall, and then IMSA yanks the rug out from under them. It's not fair at all, but the manufacturers are the ones bringing the money and you have to suck up to them. Image the Caddy board meeting the day after last year's Petite if CORE had won the championship with an off the shelf car and beat the unbeatable Caddy. What the hell are we spending millions on if Joe Smuck can make us look stupid?
The good thing is I just read this weekend that NISMO is still making the DPi available for customers beyond CORE with a six-to-eight week lead time. .
Part of why I wanted them to win yesterday. It would prove you can buy a car and be competitive.
I'm a little disappointed it wasn't totally what it could've been but it was still a pretty good race, especially good up until the rain came.
I kind of enjoyed the twilight zone effect. Even when the rain was at it's worst, the DPIs at the front were still racing like hell. It was not so satisfying to see them let the clock run out, but that was better than seeing more nasty accidents. They tore up way more than enough stuff as it was anyway. We do want to have a few cars left for Sebring, right?
I will bet you they have a provision for next year that will allow them to wait longer or reschedule. They could live stream it on Utube or something. Personally, I get it that if you can't race, you can't race. However, it might be good to have a contingency plan in place for this kind of thing. You hate for your premier race to end on such a whimper.
Again, it didn't bother me because sometimes that's just how it goes, but you ought to read some of the vomit comments they are spewing on Racer.