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IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« on: August 06, 2022, 11:38:04 PM »
IMS in; Detroit, Mid-Ohio out as IMSA Unveils 2023 schedule
By Richard S. James | August 5, 2022 7:25 PM ET

The previously-announced addition of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the elimination of Detroit and Mid-Ohio highlight the announcement of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule during IMSA’s annual State of the Sport presentation at Road America. The full schedule otherwise includes the venues familiar to the series in recent years.

“IMSA has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-energize our existing base of sports car racing fans and reach new audiences in 2023 and beyond,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “With the introduction of our new GTP prototypes, a robust and stable platform for GT racing, a renewed focus on sustainability and a calendar filled with legendary road racing venues, all of the ingredients are in place for continued success.”

As expected, the increased participation of IMSA WeatherTech Championship teams at the 24 Hours of Le Mans precludes including the early June Grand Prix of Detroit on the schedule. The Detroit weekend will, however, feature the GS category of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will include a total of 11 races, with six events to feature all five WeatherTech Championship classes: GTP, LMP2, LMP3, GTD PRO and GTD. The new GTP class will appear in nine races, with GT classes in each race on the schedule.

The IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup will include all classes for the four traditional endurance events: the Rolex 24 At Daytona (Jan. 26-29), Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts (March 15-18), Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 22-25) and the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (Oct. 11-14). Five-class races also will be held at Road America (Aug. 4-6) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Sept. 15-17).

The new GTP class will have a total of nine events in 2023, adding Long Beach (April 14-15), WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (May 12-14) and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (July 7-9). The GTD PRO and GTD classes will compete in all 11 WeatherTech Championship races, including GT-only events at Lime Rock Park (July 21-22) and Virginia International Raceway (Aug. 25-27). The WeatherTech Sprint Cup for GTD has been discontinued.

The LMP2 class also will compete at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and LMP3 will return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will not count toward full-season WeatherTech Championship points for the LMP2 or LMP3 classes.

In addition to the race events, the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona returns on the weekend of Jan. 20-22. In preparation for the 2023 season, IMSA-sanctioned testing for GTP cars will be held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 3-5 and at Daytona International Speedway on Dec. 6-7.

A sanctioned test for all WeatherTech Championship competitors also is planned for Sebring International Raceway in February 2023.

Although paddock rumors suggested an FIA bronze-rated driver requirement for GTD, that class will continue unchanged. However the series reinforced its commitment to bronze-rated drivers via the Bob Akin Bronze Cup championship. Top bronze drivers in GTD will be recognized on the post-race podium at each event and the Bob Akin Bronze Cup season champion will receive an entry to the following year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

IMSA is evaluating additional incentives for bronze drivers regarding qualifying format and drive-time.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2023 schedule
Roar Before the 24, Jan. 20-22
Rolex 24 at Daytona, Jan. 26-29
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 15-18
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 14-15
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, May 12-14
Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, June 22-25
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, July 7-9
Lime Rock Park (GT only), July 21-22
Road America, Aug. 4-6
Virginia International Raceway (GT only), Aug. 25-27
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sept. 15-17
Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Oct. 11-14

https://racer.com/2022/08/05/ims-in-detroit-mid-ohio-out-as-imsa-unveils-2023-schedule/
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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2022, 09:02:51 PM »
Was watching something this morning showing highlights from a test at Road Atlanta, It was the BMW, Acura, and the Cadillac all testing. My word they all sound very different (makes sense when you consider the variety of motors) and the lap times were pretty close to what the DPI are currently running.

The real test will be the BOP and how that will then look with the WEC series and particularly at Le Mans if all of the cars choose to run.   

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2023, 01:03:40 AM »
Let us hope for the best for Liz:

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Power Withdraws from Rolex 24 at Daytona
By Marshall Pruett | January 17, 2023 10:00 PM ET

Will Power’s long-awaited Rolex 24 At Daytona debut will have to wait another year as the defending NTT IndyCar Series champion has been forced to withdraw from the event to care for his wife Liz.

“Liz has had a couple of complications after surgery this week and has a long recovery ahead of her,” Power said. “Obviously her health is my priority and unfortunately that means I have had to put Daytona on hold.”

Power was due to share the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG GT3 with countryman and team owner Kenny Habul, Fabian Schiller, and Axcil Jeffries. The Australian will be replaced by GT veteran Luca Stoltz.

“I have to thank Kenny for the opportunity and his total understanding of our situation and the support he has shown,” Power said. “I will be cheering them on from North Carolina and hopefully we get another opportunity to do something together in the future.”

https://racer.com/2023/01/17/power-withdraws-from-rolex-24-at-daytona/

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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2023, 12:11:48 AM »
They are dropping like flies....

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Magnussen Withdraws from Rolex 24 at Daytona
By Mark Glendenning | January 19, 2023 11:00 AM ET

Kevin Magnussen has withdrawn from the Rolex 24 At Daytona after undergoing hand surgery last week. The Dane, who was slated to drive  a Porsche 911 GT3 R with MDK Motorsports alongside Mark Kvamme, Trenton Estep and father Jan, will be replaced by Jason Hart.

“I’ve been advised by the doctors not to drive the race next week,” said Magnussen, who had a small cyst removed from his wrist.

“The surgery went well, but I need to rest as much as possible to be fit for fight before we begin preparing for the F1 season. It’s a shame. I’ve been looking forward to that fantastic race and to get a new chance to drive with my father and MDK Motorsports. I’m wishing the team a great weekend at Daytona.”

Hart races for MDK’s Porsche Carrera Cup team, and owner/driver Kvamme said he expects him to rise to the occasion.

“We’re glad that Kevin’s surgery went successful, and we all wish him a speedy recovery,” he said.

“As we have already stated, our drivers’ and team members’ health are always our number one priority. We’re also happy to announce that Kevin will be replaced at Daytona by our Porsche Carrera Cup driver Jason Hart. Jason and I raced together at Le Mans last year and I was very impressed with his experience, talent and dedication to his craft. This is going to be another exciting challenge for MDK Motorsports.”

https://racer.com/2023/01/19/magnussen-withdraws-from-rolex-24-at-daytona/
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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2023, 10:38:26 AM »
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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2023, 03:42:06 AM »
Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona entry list - 61 cars:

https://us.motorsport.com/imsa/news/rolex-daytona-entry-list-2023/10412846/

I note a plethora of Oz and NZ wheel men in the race:  Scott Dixon, Earl Bamber, Matt Campbell, Brendon Hartley, Scott McLaughlin, James Allen, Cameron Shields, Josh Burdon, Kenny Habul, Jaxon Evans, & Ryan Briscoe.  And that's just by noting the nations' flags on the entry list.

I hope you can make it.  Race starts at 1330 EST here in the States on Saturday the 28th.
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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2023, 03:42:41 PM »
Am I right in saying that SMac finished 11th overall and 5th in class (2 laps behind the leader in a field of 10) after being 9 laps down at the start of the race?
I know it's 24hrs and it happened at the "better" time (start of the race), but that's still an effort.
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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2023, 01:36:45 PM »
Thanks for the thread Mike, it was a good reminder to tune in. The coverage, at least when I was watching, was heavy on Prototypes, but not much on GTs. But it was still cool to watch!
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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2023, 03:51:25 PM »
Thanks for the thread Mike, it was a good reminder to tune in. The coverage, at least when I was watching, was heavy on Prototypes, but not much on GTs. But it was still cool to watch!

you tend to find that with a lot of the multi class stuff particularly the WEC as they focus on the race up front and often forget the rest.

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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2023, 04:09:37 PM »
Great finish for an Aussie to get up in LMP2!

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Re: IMSA - 2023 Calendar / News
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2023, 12:05:47 PM »
Thanks for the thread Mike, it was a good reminder to tune in. The coverage, at least when I was watching, was heavy on Prototypes, but not much on GTs. But it was still cool to watch!
The 12 Hours of Bathurst will more than make up for that.  :)

The whole 24 hours is now up on www.gpreplay.com.  All IMSA races are on there delayed about a week after the running.
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