Woooooo... Das hot. So MSR is out of GTD now or will they still field a car in the class? I do not see any info regarding that. Probably depends on sponsorship availability.
Acura Motorsports also campaigns the Acura NSX GT3 Evo in the IMSA GTD category, with defending GTD champion Meyer Shank Racing and the Gradient Racing organizations. Winner of the IMSA GTD driver and team titles in 2019 – and the current GTD championship leader – the NSX program is expected to continue in IMSA competition in 2021.
With full-support from MSR and Acura continuing the program, I see those two entries easily being sold to another privateer for use. No way it stays off of the track for too long.This sounds to me like MSR will have at least one NSX out there this year. Could be just the NSX in general but it sounds like MSR-run with how it’s worded.
Acura Confirm 2021 DPi Programmes With Wayne Taylor Racing & Meyer Shank Racing | dailysportscar.comAcura Motorsports has confirmed it will partner with Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing to campaign a pair of Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, beginning in 2021, both teams in receipt of multi-year Acura contracts. “It...www.dailysportscar.com
What is maybe the best part of this is Acura coming right out and saying they want to develop an LMDh with these guys. As it stands now you could already probably safely bet on Acura, Porsche, and Alpine running a program which is encouraging.
They’ll “help” whoever wants to run a car next year and asks. Not a bad deal at all, between MSR and HPD you have plenty of support and the cars themselves are very proven. As you said, I don’t think those cars will be collecting dust next year.With full-support from MSR and Acura continuing the program, I see those two entries easily being sold to another privateer for use. No way it stays off of the track for too long.
Practically a turn key operation for someone interested.
So other manufacturers are looking at IMSA, but it's all up in the air as of right now.Marquardt has suggested possibilities of other GTE-spec cars, such as the Ferrari 488 GTE and Aston Martin Vantage GTE, joining, or potentially even GT Daytona class teams with upgraded GT3 machinery.
Sportscar365 understands there had been dialogue between IMSA and Ferrari at one stage on a potential full-season factory GTLM program although those talks are understood to have died down in recent months due to sponsorship issues.
“Is it only those two [manufacturers]?” Marquardt said in relation to GTLM potentially only featuring BMW and Corvette in 2021.
“IMSA was talking to some GT manufacturers in GT3 whether they could do an upgrade or something.
“I think there’s talks of Ferrari, maybe Aston Martin as well because they run the WEC program. Maybe they are interested.
“It’s the discussion IMSA is having with the other manufacturers.
BMW are still working out plans, but more than likely they will stay in IMSA for 2021. This section is also interesting:
So other manufacturers are looking at IMSA, but it's all up in the air as of right now.
Doonan comes out and says the same thing Jens Marquardt said last week. Aston and Ferrari are the favorites, however I just don't see it unless Risi all of a sudden has a new sponsor for Ferrari. Also, with the rumors of the IndyCar team and the loss of Porsche... Possibly Ferrari can commit to both IndyCar and IMSA to maintain it's workforce size like they want to?
GTLM is not cheap at all and it seems like Doonan wants to converge the GT classes at this point like with the new agreement between the ACO and FIA for the LMDh class. Would be the most logical move at this point and creating a more cost efficient method for possible manufacturers and privateers to stay interested.
This would be a good idea IMO.
With more semi-pro drivers in the LMP3 cars, maybe capping that part of the grid will not create more headaches for more experienced drivers/professional drivers.
Mazda could easily sell the car off to a privateer, but its understandable to get things ready for the transition. I hope they stick around and increase back to two cars.
I think the mid-engined cars are stuggling in heartburn turn through the infield section.My jaw is still hung open. Both cars gone in 25 mins. !