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2022 US Sports Car Racing Catch-All (ft. IMSA Sporty McSportscar Championship)


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#1 OvDrone

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Posted 03 December 2021 - 18:10

Just 51 days until we see action at the 'Motul Pole Award' qualifying session for the 2022 Daytona 24 Hours.

Aaaaand we have a certain renowned someone looking at a new campaign in our favorite comfy sportscar series...

 


"Every year I try to make one or two races in cars," Rossi said in an interview posted this week on the IMSA SportsCar Championship's Twitter feed.
 
"From next year I will race GT cars in endurances races and championships; at the moment it is not decided [in which series] yet."
 
The 42-year-old hinted that there is a strong possibility that he could end up racing in the North American IMSA series in 2022, saying "there is a very interesting championship in the US called IMSA," before mentioning its season-opening Daytona 24 Hours fixture in January.

 
Rossi and IMSA...

Valentino Rossi  +  I M S A 

 

 

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#2 paulb

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 00:59

Thanks for starting the topic OvDrone.

 

Valentino at Daytona? That would be special and fun.


Edited by paulb, 04 December 2021 - 01:00.


#3 paulb

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 16:53

Its good to be Chip Ganassi, Palou in Frame for Rolex 24 Debut With CGR – Sportscar365.



#4 ezequiel

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 17:06

Jimmie Johnson, José María López and Mike Rockenfeller are supposed to test the #48 Cadillac today at Daytona



#5 juicy sushi

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 18:40

Palou, Dixon, van der Zande, Earl Bamber, Sebastien Bourdais, and Alex Lynn.  In two of the best prepared cars on the grid.  This will be a very spicy dish.



#6 red stick

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 21:37

Close to half of IndyCar will be at Daytona.

 

https://racer.com/20...urs-of-indycar/



#7 paulb

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 01:25

I’m trying to figure out my ROAR / 24 Hr attendance. I want to flag, but that limits fan-like interactions with the teams. I expect hotels to already close to capacity.

 

Especially if Rossi is there. The Italian dude who used to race motorcycles.



#8 juicy sushi

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 15:22

He never did the 200 (with good reason), so this is the closest it'll get.  



#9 Dan333SP

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 17:08

https://www.motorspo...-class/6855728/

 

Looks like Vasser Sullivan will run one Lexus in GTD, and one in GTD Pro. Unless I'm mistaken, that means we are at 5 full-season confirmed entries for GTD Pro between the Corvettes, BMW RLL, and now the Lexus. Any others I'm missing? I hope Weathertech end up running 2 Porsches with one in Pro for a full season kinda like their GTLM effort at Petit. 



#10 FLB

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 17:15

https://www.motorspo...-class/6855728/

 

Looks like Vasser Sullivan will run one Lexus in GTD, and one in GTD Pro. Unless I'm mistaken, that means we are at 5 full-season confirmed entries for GTD Pro between the Corvettes, BMW RLL, and now the Lexus. Any others I'm missing? I hope Weathertech end up running 2 Porsches with one in Pro for a full season kinda like their GTLM effort at Petit. 

The Plaid Crew (aka Pfaff) is supposed to move up to GTD Pro.



#11 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 17:24

Paul Miller is moving away from Lambos, because Lambo wants to run Pro I think, which meant one of their drivers couldn't go with. Or something?

 

Hopefully we'll see an NSX too since Acura could spend the money on it, which they couldn't in normal GTD? I mean, Pro basically allows factory funded cars right?



#12 paulb

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Posted 09 December 2021 - 01:00

Magnus racing switches to Aston Martin for 2022, https://sportscar365...ance-cup-effort



#13 red stick

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Posted 15 December 2021 - 17:22

Getting Old Dept., latest edition.

 

Montoya to team with son at Sebring.

 

https://racer.com/20...th-dragonspeed/



#14 red stick

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Posted 15 December 2021 - 18:06

Westbrook to the #5!

 

https://racer.com/20...22-imsa-season/



#15 FLB

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Posted 15 December 2021 - 19:45

Former F1 driver Will Stevens will join WTR at Daytona:

 

https://www.autohebd...lor-racing.html



#16 red stick

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 16:01

WTR drivers talk about the behind-the-scenes aspects of endurance racing.

 

https://jalopnik.com...dura-1848220762


Edited by red stick, 16 December 2021 - 18:07.


#17 FLB

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Posted 18 December 2021 - 20:48

Campbell, Jaminet & Nasr For GTD Pro With Pfaff Motorsports | dailysportscar.com



#18 paulb

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 17:11

Buckets of Daytona news from Racer,

 

A team to watch, Herta, O’Ward, DeFrancesco, Lux star for DragonSpeed at Rolex 24 | RACER

 

60 cars for the Daytona 24hr, Rolex 24 entry list fills to capacity | RACER

 

Porsche bulks up, Porsche confirms Cameron and Nasr as new factory drivers | RACER. Will be interesting to see how Nasr fits in.

 

Porsche LMDh teaser pics, Porsche teases images of LMDh | RACER

 

And from sportscar365, Lamborghini GTD Pro entry, TR3 Racing, Lamborghini to Field GTD Pro Entry at Daytona – Sportscar365


Edited by paulb, 20 December 2021 - 17:24.


#19 red stick

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Posted 20 December 2021 - 17:35

Buckets of Daytona news from Racer,

 

A team to watch, Herta, O’Ward, DeFrancesco, Lux star for DragonSpeed at Rolex 24 | RACER

 

60 cars for the Daytona 24hr, Rolex 24 entry list fills to capacity | RACER

 

Porsche bulks up, Porsche confirms Cameron and Nasr as new factory drivers | RACER. Will be interesting to see how Nasr fits in.

 

Porsche LMDh teaser picsPorsche teases images of LMDh | RACER

 

And from sportscar365, Lamborghini GTD Pro entry, TR3 Racing, Lamborghini to Field GTD Pro Entry at Daytona – Sportscar365

 

At least we know there'll be a rear wing.   :smoking:



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#20 FLB

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 13:05

Vasser Sullivan will have two Lexus (Lexuses? Lexi?) next year, one in GTD Pro, the other in 'Classic' GTD (Am):

 

https://www.autohebd...gt3-en-gtd.html


Edited by FLB, 22 December 2021 - 13:05.


#21 Dan333SP

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 17:30

IMSA sure is on an upswing, 2022 isn't even going to be the big year for LMDh but they've had tons of great news for LMP2 and the GTD classes. Daytona is going to be very exciting. I'll miss Mazda, though, and it feels weird that we'll really only have 2 types of car capable of winning overall (Caddy, Acura). 



#22 FLB

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Posted 23 December 2021 - 00:40

... And another GTD Pro entry:

 

https://racer.com/20...-gtd-pro-entry/



#23 paulb

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Posted 27 December 2021 - 19:27

Pfor Pfaff pfans, https://sportscar365...-winning-season

 

I have to say I am very disappointed that Zacharie Robichon will not be driving for Pfaff in 2022 but for Wright Motorsports, the evil team that booted The Christina a few years ago.


Edited by paulb, 27 December 2021 - 21:43.


#24 FLB

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 01:29

As was predictable, Pags will do The Rolex with MSR:

 

Simon Pagenaud à Daytona avec Meyer Shank Racing (autohebdo.fr)



#25 OvDrone

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 01:50

I'll miss him in the #48 but we get Jose Maria Lopez!



#26 dannyricsshoe

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 08:40

Credit has to go to those who make it so much easier to make entries in the US compared to EU. The the more the merrier.

Never thought I'd see Aston Martins racing in a US series!

#27 juicy sushi

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 19:12

I struggle to think of a year Aston Martins weren't running in a US series, since the first Prodrive cars 20-odd years ago...

 

Also, we are losing Lambos, but getting Bimmers in the exchange.  PMR are going to run an M3 from Sebring onward:

https://paulmillerra...llers-for-2022/

 


#28 FLB

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 19:19

I struggle to think of a year Aston Martins weren't running in a US series, since the first Prodrive cars 20-odd years ago...

 

Thank you for making me feel old...  :lol:

 

 

Somewhere, I have a picture of Pedro Lamy I took in the Mosport paddock. Tomas Enge autographed a picture of himself in my 2002 Autocourse.



#29 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 19:22

I struggle to think of a year Aston Martins weren't running in a US series, since the first Prodrive cars 20-odd years ago...

 

Also, we are losing Lambos, but getting Bimmers in the exchange.  PMR are going to run an M3 from Sebring onward:

https://paulmillerra...llers-for-2022/

 

CarBahn is running a full-year Lambo and T3 is doing at least Daytona.



#30 juicy sushi

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 19:29

Thank you for making me feel old...  :lol:

 

 

Somewhere, I have a picture of Pedro Lamy I took in the Mosport paddock. Tomas Enge autographed a picture of himself in my 2002 Autocourse.

Oh, I felt plenty old typing it, but I had to admit it.  I guess if you only pay attention to GTs at a minimal level it's harder to grasp that the biggest non-WEC series is IMSA, by prestige and manufacturer priority, and in some respects, it remains a much bigger deal than WEC.  And any brand with a sports car program is going to ensure they are running in North America before they make sure they run a full European series, unless they don't sell in North America.



#31 paulb

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Posted 05 January 2022 - 17:37

Great news for Laurens Vanthoor fans, KCMG adds factory-backed Porsche to Rolex 24 GTD Pro entry | RACER



#32 FLB

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Posted 07 January 2022 - 19:40

KMag + Ericsson will do the Rolex for Ganassi:

 

Magnussen returns to Ganassi for Daytona | RACER


Edited by FLB, 07 January 2022 - 19:41.


#33 juicy sushi

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Posted 07 January 2022 - 20:21

KMag + Ericsson will do the Rolex for Ganassi:

 

Magnussen returns to Ganassi for Daytona | RACER

And Dixon and Palou in the other car.  The CGR driver line-ups are starting to look like the Konami code...



#34 red stick

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Posted 07 January 2022 - 21:36

Had to look that up.  Guess cheating isn't my thing.    ;)



#35 paulb

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Posted 12 January 2022 - 19:49

I'll be going to the ROAR on Friday. Plan is to spend too much time trolling the garages.  :D

 

Promise to do better posting pictures than for Amelia Island.


Edited by paulb, 12 January 2022 - 23:46.


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Posted 13 January 2022 - 09:00

What class do cars move from being modified (spec?) road vehicles to dedicated racing cars in look alike shells?

From reading is it right to assume in the US it's only GT-AM where they are modifying road cars? (GT3/4 Europe?).

#37 paulb

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 14:38

In my opinion, the GTD cars are full blown race cars.


Edited by paulb, 13 January 2022 - 15:36.


#38 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 15:00

Mmmm...

 

This is tricky, because a GT3 car is based on the road going version and I think keeps some parts? The NSX shell is pulled off the assembly line in Ohio where the road cars are made. But a Porsche 911 in GTE spec is a full blown from the ground up race car. As much as a previous era DTM car would be. 

 

But it would be a lot of work to buy a road car and turn it into a GT3 car. A lot. Though there are a lot of GT3 cars not available in GT4 version for whatever reason despite it being a 'more simple' class. 



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 15:25

Still no Christina.
Jp is bummed.

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#40 paulb

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 15:35

Still no Christina.
Jp is bummed.

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I understand.



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 18:22

There will be no BOP difference between the GTD and GTD Pro at Daytona. So basically it's a 35 car battle for the class win. Insanity, the good kind.   :lol:

 

Only shame is no Audis on the grid in GTD. 

 

Sportscar racing is heading to a new golden age I think. 


Edited by ARTGP, 13 January 2022 - 18:23.


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Posted 13 January 2022 - 19:43

I have to say I’m really looking forward to IMSA this year. Might be my number 1 series for this year. It’s great to see so many GT cars out there and hopefully most of the pro cars stick around for a full season. It’s only right as well that they have the same BOP I don’t see why it should be different to the classes you see in GTWC or IGTC.

Edited by Kev00, 13 January 2022 - 19:43.


#43 paulb

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Posted 15 January 2022 - 18:48

Robert Wickens to race at Daytona for BHR in IMPC TCR, https://racer.com/20...hyundai-and-bha  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:



#44 red stick

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Posted 20 January 2022 - 15:56

Peacock covers Daytona this weekend.
https://racer.com/20...-january-22-23/

#45 red stick

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Posted 20 January 2022 - 18:00

Appetite whetting.

 

https://sportscar365...s-teams-unload/



#46 paulb

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 14:15

Already met 2 of my favorite drivers, Zacharie Robichon and Alex Palou. This is great.

#47 FLB

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 14:53

Ensuing drool...



#48 red stick

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 15:13

Rolex 24 entry list released.

 

https://motorsports....lex-24-daytona/



#49 red stick

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 15:20

Already met 2 of my favorite drivers, Zacharie Robichon and Alex Palou. This is great.

The #1 Ganassi entry seems . . . loaded.   :eek:



#50 red stick

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 15:53

CGR liveries--a little less generic this year.

 

Roar-Daytona-2022-Set-Up-44.jpg

 

Roar-Daytona-2022-Set-Up-45.jpg

 

 

 

Roar-Daytona-2022-Set-Up-46.jpg

 

And as an owner of three maroon-colored cars over the years, including my current drive, I love the look of the #02.

 

More goodies from Graham Goodwin.

 

https://www.dailyspo...set-up-day.html


Edited by red stick, 21 January 2022 - 15:55.