IMSA 2019

Discussion in 'Sports Car Racing' started by FLRacingFan, Nov 26, 2018.

  1. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    It's probably a good move. My guess is the new Corvette is more important to GM than the DPI class.......they've already conquered that and have a chance to do it again this year. Jordan was probably the best driver already in the GM family so it was a natural move for everyone.

    Still, Ide rather be in prototypes winning overall, so I'm also guessing there was either a lot of money or something involving Indycar in the deal.
     
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  2. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Some NSX vibes for sure.

     
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  3. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Tbh this is going to take me a while to get over too. I’d be lying if I said that weren’t one of my favorite sounds on the planet.

    I’m glad Jordan’s finally going to be making the big bucks tho. Once you’re in the Corvette program you’ve really “made it” in the GM family.
     
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  4. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Dude my gf and I went to the Rolex this year for the first time and I had always heard about that sound but never experienced it myself. Every time they came by I'd tap her on the shoulder and smile like a kid on Christmas. She got sick of me after the first hour.

    I am happy for Jordan, and I hope this leads to other opportunities for him. I need him to come do some NASCAR stuff, and vice versa, I need Chase to hop into a GM ride for the Rolex one of these years. I'll still pull for WTR cause I do love the prototypes, but I see a pretty sick Corvette t-shirt coming my way in January.
     
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  5. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Well,. crap. We're going to lose the Mustang Sampling Cadillac. https://racer.com/2019/10/07/axr-likely-to-run-single-entry-in-2020/

    Less surprising is the CORE Nissan won't return, so were losing a manufacturer. https://racer.com/2019/10/08/imsa-sun-setting-on-nissan-dpis/

    At this point we are stuck with it because no one is going to buy a car just to race next year. After that, I have my doubts about the new hybrid formula and if that will bring us some new entries.

    I don't think IMSA is going to go belly up or anything, but we're not going to get the big renaissance that looked likely before they kicked the P2 cars out of contention. I also don't think teams are going to rush out to buy 2020 hybrids, certainly not the privateers anyway. We are probably witnessing the death of the privateer in prototype racing.

    Meanwhile, WEC is so bad there was not even a Fuji thread. Like, when did we become so disinterested and why? WEC is actually looking a bit better. At least Rebellion could race with the second (restricted) Toyota for a few laps, but it's clear even with the handicap system, Toyota still has so much in reserve that we will never see a fair race. Right now it's sport of a Frankenstein sort of series cut and pasted together.

    So, I think the current era of IMSA will probably whimper it's way out next year and I would not be surprised to see us lose more cars. I think it's crucial for us as fans to pay close attention to the Petite because that's going to be the last great sportscar race we are likely to see for awhile.
     
  6. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    Was at the Petit Friday sessions today (except for the big show quali's). It was glorious.
    That Pilot and P3 race were awesome . Now to find the aloe for the sunburn.:mad:
     
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  7. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    If the field gets too thin I wouldn't mind folding in the Prototype Challenge P3s. They look and sound awesome.
    There were 20 or so in the field today.
     
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  10. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    @Hotrod You going today too? If so, have fun! Great track and a great race. I hope to make it up there some year.

    @Doc Austin I have some thoughts on the prototype stuff going on right now too...gotta run so I'll get into it later but there are certainly at least some concerns popping up now when it comes to cost and regulation.

    Cadillacs look strong this weekend and I'd love to see them cap off the season with a win after their struggles so far in 2019.
     
  11. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    10 hours at Road Atlanta = petite le mans

    Sounds fun.
     
  12. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    66 off the track, wow.

    Bittersweet race, so far. So many great cars and teams leaving and downsizing. A lot of fun to be had though today.

    Not like Dirk to make mistakes like that.
     
  13. StandOnIt

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    Sold out attendance, the most IMSA has ever had at that racetrack. :punkrocke
     
  14. StandOnIt

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    What a finish, crazy last lap
     
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  15. Doc Austin

    Doc Austin Team Extreme Flight

    Sorry, been working 24/7 but wrapped that up finally. Yeah, I've got some concerns with IMSA too. We are losing at least two two new cars next year and while the manufacturers say they want hybrids, let's see if/how long they will pony up for them.

    I still say taking the P2 cars out of the top cars was a major mistake.
     
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  18. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I have a lot of respect for Juan as a driver, right up there with Earnhardt, Foyt, Andretti, etc..
     

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