They are not happy at all. Pretty curious to see if this sours the relationship with MSR for the worst.
Series and tire partners don’t want teams tinkering with pressures below a certain psi for safety reasons, but teams will usually try to run as low as they can for increased grip. This issue is usually at the heart of every tire kerfuffle in NASCAR where the teams accuse Goodyear of poor tire construction leading to failures, followed by Goodyear blaming the teams for running low pressures. The difference is Goodyear and NASCAR have recommended instead of mandated minimums and no TPMS.I am all for following the rule book
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at the end of the day, its just tire pressure for the love of pete. By reading
these news releases you would think it was roll bars filled with fuel.
I did not know scrutinizing tire pressures was that big of a thing since
I always thought that was part of the set up that teams have leeway to make.
I’m not sure how much I buy that only one guy was aware of what the tire pressures were but anything is possible. Just seems to me like between the tire techs and the engineers there’s probably more than person aware of what’s going on. I think if it were caught immediately in post-race tech it’d be a DSQ, but agree that since results have long been official and since HPD reported it there was some reprieve.Apparently, it was just one engineer who was cheating, but the team got the advantage out of it, so the whole team has to pay for it. How much of an advantage this gave them we don't really know, but it's officially cheating, so something had to be done.
You can't have the teams cheating on something that can have a bad effect on safety. You also can't DQ a team a month after the fact, so the sanctions are probably fair. It's just sad the biggest race in the series got a black eye from this.
Hopefully this is the end of this and we can have a fair race at Sebring.
Rocky will make his full-time return to prototype racing with JDC-Miller’s new 963, alongside Tijmen van der Helm. The team took delivery of their car in Weissach last week and will debut it at Laguna Seca next month.
Hopefully they are able to find future sponsorship. Going to be weird not seeing thier car in Black and Gold.Having taken delivery of its Porsche 963 LMDh, JDC-Miller MotorSports is planning its IMSA WeatherTech Championship GTP debut at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in two weeks with Mike Rockenfeller …racer.com
Van der helm is technically a pro (Gold) but he’s a funded driver bringing significant budget from what I’ve read. I wonder if they’ll bring back Vautier for the enduros.Hopefully they are able to find future sponsorship. Going to be weird not seeing thier car in Black and Gold.