The big talking point for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship season is the introduction of the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class. Much like 2014, where IMSA officials tried in vain to balance the performance of the now retired Daytona Prototypes and the fresh crop of LMP2 cars, the 2017 Prototype class will again be defined by its BoP.
After a brief scare this past week — imsatiming.com was temporarily inaccessible — I decided to archive and share the timing data. I know that I, and many others, appreciate the insight that can be found in the data.
This is only my second year attending “The 25” but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite weekends of the year. This is true endurance racing; nobody is willing to throw in the towel. I watched shock changes, axle swaps, full engine pulls, and the Ryno Racing crew putting an entire right rear corner back on the car to salvage a second place overall, and class winning, finish. Congrats to the Flying Lizard crew for their overall win.
Another year, another dramatic finish to the Pirelli World Challenge season. I watched the final laps from The Corkscrew. I thought the championship was won. I feel for Pat Long but Alvaro Parente was fast all season and I always love seeing the K-Pax guys do well.