Healthy Fields Highlight IMSA SportsCar Weekend Race at Road AmericaJuly 30, 2020
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As large as Road America in Wisconsin is—just over four miles in length—it’s easy for a small field of cars to get lost on the track, with spectators bored at the lack of activity.
Fortunately, the two main races at the unfortunately unsponsored IMSA SportsCar Weekend are large enough make the fields seem relatively full. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champioship race has 32 entries, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge has 35.
Click here for full entry list for IMSA SportsCar Weekend.
The marquee series, the WeatherTech Championship, has eight DPi Prototypes—two Mazdas, two Acuras and four Cadillacs. A Cadillac won at Sebring, and a Mazda at Daytona—the Acuras, champions for 2019, have some catching up to do. They claim that the Balance of Performance, designed to level the field by making changes to horsepower, aerodynamics, weight and other factors ruled them out last week with a limit of fuel capacity that required three stops instead of two. They have more horsepower this week, so we’ll see if that gets them to the gas pump more quickly.
In LMP2, all the cars are Oreca chassis with Gibson V-8s, so it’s mostly execution, and Dragon Speed excels.
As usual, there are six cars in the factory-backed Le Mans GT class—two C8.R Corvettes, a pair of Porsche 911 RSR-19s, and two BMW M8 GTEs. Since the return to racing after IMSA’s five-month coronavirus recuperation, the Corvettes have dominated. RA just might be a BMW track this weekend.
And in GT Daytona, the 13-car field is expected to be chasing the two AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3s, with three Acura NSX GT3s, an Aston Martin Vantage GT3, a Mercedes AMG GT3, a McLaren 720 GT3, a Porsche 911 GT, a Ferrari 488 GT3, a Lamborghini Huracan GT3, and an Audi R8 GT3 in close pursuit.
And let’s not forget the No. 96 Turner BMW M6 GT3 with Robbie Foley and Bill Auberlen driving, as Auberlen goes for his 61st IMSA victory, which would break his tie at 60 with Scott Pruett.
In all, those 13 cars represent a healthy 10 manufacturers, and all are expected to return for 2021.
The race is Sunday, August 2, at 12:05 p.m. ET, airing live on NBC, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.
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