What a race. While the WEC implodes, IMSA is putting on a hell of a show. The DPi formula is attracting more manufacturers, GTLM is the best GT racing in the world, and the GTD field is quality from front to back. I’m glad I’m able to take advantage and attend the races.
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.
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.
This has absolutely become my favorite weekend of the year. The pedigree and preparation of the cars is hugely impressive. It’s also refreshing to see these cars being driven hard rather than sitting in a museum. Kudos to the owners and drivers who allow their often priceless treasures to be driven in anger. It’s not every day that you see a Ferrari 250 GTO with an armful of opposite lock exiting a corner. Fortunately, with names like Canepa, Jeanette, Said, and Auberlen behind the wheel, you know the cars are in good hands.