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Damn man, this makes me sad if true, but...I guess he's got 2 Rolex's and a championship racing for pops in his current class so what's left to do? I'd be more excited for this if the Corvettes weren't losing that heavenly rumble, as dumb as that sounds lol.

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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I'd be more excited for this if the Corvettes weren't losing that heavenly rumble, as dumb as that sounds lol.
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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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.
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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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.
 

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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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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.

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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@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.
 

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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.
 

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@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.

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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@Hotrod You going today too? If so, have fun! Great track and a great race. I hope to make it up there some year.
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Sorry for the late reply Fla but no I did not do Saturday as we hosted a family reunion at our house that day.
I have done probably 16 or 17 Sat. Petits and I seem to be evolving into a Friday only guy these years anyhow.
The racing is really good and plenty plus you get to see every class on track at some point.
I still like grabbing a few autographs and cards too. According to the Excel spreadsheet, that collection is at 390.

I met a guy Friday when I was there from Fla. for his first Petit. He was from the Tampa area as I recall. He was
happy with the trip and camping experience it seemed.
 

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Finally caught up on PLM, what a great race. Devastation for Action Express and Keating Motorsports but I'm very glad Risi took GTLM in a return to the series.
 
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