IMSA IMSA 2017

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  1. Steve

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    #1 Steve, Oct 19, 2016
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    Here's the schedule. It's not clear on this graphic but the 2-3 Jun is the Detroit GP, Belle Isle Park (Detroit), MI.

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    And, as released 22 Dec, the broadcast schedule (lifted from this article):

    2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Television / Streaming Schedule
    Date Event/Venue Channel Times (All Times ET)

    Jan. 28-29 Rolex 24 At Daytona
    FOX 2 – 5 p.m. Sat.
    FS2 5 – 10 p.m. Sat.
    FS2 11 p.m. Sat. – 12:30 p.m. Sun.
    FS1 12:30 – 3 p.m. Sun.
    FSGO* 2 p.m. Sat. – 3 p.m. Sun.

    March 18 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
    FS1 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    FSGO* 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

    April 8 Long Beach
    FOX 4 – 6 p.m.

    May 6 Circuit of The Americas
    FS2 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

    June 3 Detroit
    FS2 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

    July 2 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
    FS1 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    FS2 1 – 4:30 p.m.
    FSGO* 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    July 9 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
    FS1 5 – 8 p.m.

    July 22 Northeast Grand Prix
    FS2 3 – 6 p.m.

    Aug. 6 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
    FS1 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

    Aug. 27 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR
    FS1 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Sept. 24 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
    FS1 5 – 8 p.m.

    Oct. 7 Petit Le Mans
    FS1 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    FS2 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    FS2 5 – 9:30 p.m.
    FSGO* 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    NOTE: Broadcast dates and times subject to change * – FOX Sports GO with FS1 authentication
     
  2. mrntd

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    So which one to go to? hmmmm
     
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    It ain't gonna be Mid-Ohio. That's sad......
     
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    I am really going to miss the DP's.......:(
     
  5. Steve

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    Here's hoping the DPi cars are interesting. Haven't heard, yet, whether anyone is planning to run a standard ACO/FIA homologated P2 instead.
     
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    Penske closing in on sportscar return (racer.com)
    full article here
     
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    Look who signed on for the GT Daytona class for 2017

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    Mercedes-AMG is coming to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017.

    Mercedes-Benz USA and Mercedes-AMG unveiled its plans on Wednesday morning to join the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Riley Motorsports will race two Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars in the GT Daytona class.

    One of the team's cars will run as AMG-Team Riley Motorsports, and the other as WeatherTech Racing.

    Additional teams are expected to race the Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars as customer teams.


    Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/imsa/mercedes-amg-race-2017-imsa-weathertech-sportscar-series#ixzz4PY8Kchqj
     
  8. Steve

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    That's strange, I thought the GTD equivalent cars were GT4, not GT3...maybe I'm thinking about GT4s in PWC.
     
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    Ford Planning Four-Car Rolex 24 Effort (sportscar365.com)
    More here.
     
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    The best I have it figured out
    IMSA has GT LeMans, which are a class to themselves. The GT Daytona cars are GT3s. Continental GS cars are GT4s.
    PWC GT cars are GT3s. GTS cars are GT4 cars.

    Ford also released a GT4 Mustang that is just about the same as the GT 350 R C. The customer car should more Mustangs running in Continental and PWC
     
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    I'm going to try to hit Rolex 24 and Sebring and Petite Lemans!
     
  12. Steve

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    I checked all the regs and you're mostly right. But IMSA GT Le Mans cars (GTLM) are GTE equivalent.

    IMSA specifically requires cars to be homologated by either IMSA or FIA as GTEs, GT3s or GT4s, but PWC "allows" GT3 and GT4 cars to participate in classes already define by PWC regulation. So, as long as you conform to PWC regs you can race in their classes without an FIA/ACO-defined class homologation.
     
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    Sure looking forward to the 24.
     
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    I thought they said at the last race that PWC was going just GT3 and GT4 for 2017. Maybe I heard wrong.
     
  15. Steve

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    It's possible what I saw was from 2016 and they haven't updated info on their site yet for 2017.
     
  16. Steve

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    Here's Mazda's DPi challenger, the RT24-P (pics lifted from sportscar365.com, see the rest here).

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    Bad Azz!
     
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    Looks good... too bad they have to run the ugly vertical stabilizers though. They should figure out a way to make them clear so they get the aero benefit without the ruining the look of the cars.

    Regarding other IMSA news... I want to see more pics of the mid-engine 911, inside and out! :yesnod:
     
  20. Steve

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    I agree, I want to see a LOT of that car, but I'm also conflicted. Building a mid-engined race car and calling it a 911 while the 911 is still strictly a rear-engined production car is a controversial move. I wonder how the various series' regs allow that. What class(es) do they expect it to qualify for/fit?
     

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