Missed it by 1.4 seconds. Pretty close but they probably still should’ve been aware.Of all the possible things for pro-am class entry to botch, that's got to be one of the most basic.
I dunno, if I'm going to botch something, I think I'd rather do it big.Missed it by 1.4 seconds. Pretty close but they probably still should’ve been aware.
Closer than one of the LMP2 podium finishers in the ELMS race today who were relegated after it was determined they’d missed the drive time by over six minutes for one driver...
The question is will Penske continue in IMSA or will be focusing of IndyCar?Wouldn’t be a huge surprise, the exclusivity deal went through 2020 and it hasn’t been as successful as anticipated so far.
I would expect Penske to take a year or two off and come back with an LMDh program, whether those regulations debut in 2022 or 2023.The question is will Penske continue in IMSA or will be focusing of IndyCar?
I'm honestly wondering if maybe Ganassi or possibly Andretti would want to work with Honda/Acura with this project? Maybe Roger's ties to Ford could bring them back into IMSA in the LMDh class?
This relationship has soured quickly as well. Honestly, I would LOVE to see RCR considering they already build engines for Caddilac to field a team. Or to buy into team like Whalen or JDC? They still have a relationship with KCMG.
Man, this is going to be a crazy couple of years coming up...
Porsche and Penske could be a thing with Porsche pulling out of GTLM. I honestly think there is no way Porsche stays away from IMSA for more than two to three years. Porsche's footprint is huge in Atlanta, it wouldn't be feasible for the investment they have put into the US market.I would expect Penske to take a year or two off and come back with an LMDh program, whether those regulations debut in 2022 or 2023.
I believe CGR, Andretti, MSR, and perhaps RLL (depending on what BMW decide to do) will throw their hat in the ring for the Acuras. MSR wanted to run customer cars when the program debuted a couple of years ago but the Penske/Acura deal wound up with an exclusivity arrangement.
I don’t really know where the Cadillacs stand since they’re private efforts but I’d be concerned about Action Express at least, Jim France pulling funding was mostly why they contracted from two to one this season. Given the economic situation right now and for the foreseeable future I wouldn’t be surprised to see schedule shake-ups with condensed weekends, fewer races. It costs $5M just for a full season in GTD...
Porsche/Penske is a thing that might actually happen from what I've heard/read. Obviously they had the RS Spyder program back in the ALMS days together, and then the one year of Grand-Am DP that was forgettable.Porsche and Penske could be a thing with Porsche pulling out of GTLM. I honestly think there is no way Porsche stays away from IMSA for more than two to three years. Porsche's footprint is huge in Atlanta, it wouldn't be feasible for the investment they have put into the US market.
MSR I could see that happening, but I do not see Shank balancing IndyCar and Prototype racing. Now, imagine Herta and Marco getting involved considering they still have Mike Curb and company behind them. The guy who owns US Concrete loves Herta, Marco, and loves racing. Maybe shift RHR and Marco over the project to rejuvinate those two while giving Kirkwood more experience behind the wheel.
It would be a shame to see Caddy leave again, they have been killing it and I'd like to see them stay long term and if GTD is that expensive well I'd be calling to combine GTLM and GTD at this point. If its anything to make more affordable for privateers to participate. Maybe closer to GTE/GT3 regs? Sports car racing is hurting.
RACER has learned a new contract is not expected to be offered to Team Penske, and if the plans making the rounds come to fruition, the ARX-05 effort facilitated by HPD would revert to a system last seen in the American Le Mans Series where multiple teams were engaged to run single entries.
So, we are going to see possibly more privateers interesting turn of events for Acura. Maybe the Andretti or MSR deal is coming to fruition for real.Important note in this one, Acura may be looking to go the Cadillac route.
More internet sleuthing - MSR are scheduled as testing both DPi and GTD on Wednesday at Mid-Ohio - "Chassis Development". Could certainly be a typo, but Goikhberg has prototype experience with JDC-Miller and I'm not sure why they'd have an endurance driver (Trent Hindman) doing chassis development on two NSX's. Hindman is quick and could be ripe to move up at this point in his career.So, we are going to see possibly more privateers interesting turn of events for Acura. Maybe the Andretti or MSR deal is coming to fruition for real.
How the way Marshall stated in the article like the Penske-Porsche deal is already moving and will be ready to switch to the LMDh platform.
Acura is believed to be fielding multiple expressions of interest in running ARX-05 in 2021 and beyond both from current IMSA outfits, and from others not currently active in the Dpi class, and indeed from outside the current IMSA paddock.