Update January 15, 2017:
Andy Blackmore Design (spotterguides.com) shared the news that IMSA (imsa.com) have started adding individual team car liveries onto the official web site. So for you marshals planning to participate in the event, start studying those cars:
(click on each picture to go to the team’s page on the IMSA web site)
GT Le Mans:
Post-Race Update, cars that changed/updated liveries from (correct one shown above, previous one shown below)
Download the official spotter guide from Andy Blackmore Design on January 24, 2017 when it officially becomes available for release:
This post will be updated as information becomes more available closer to the event, which is due to take place January 28, 2017
I thought I’d never do Daytona again based on the fiasco last time turned into… but never say never. I am seriously considering the trip down for 2017 season opener of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series championship because of all the new machinery that is going to take part in this event.
As I’m sure everyone else is, I am eagerly awaiting the official Andy Blackmore spotter guide for this event to know exactly who will take part, but until then I will use this post to speculate on the entries as well as share news of those that have already been announced.
This season will see a brand new prototype platform, the DPi, or Daytona Prototype international. The future of what was the merger between Daytona Prototypes of the Grand Am series and the Le Mans Prototype (LMP2) of the American Le Mans era. And the future is very sexy!
Mazda was the first to unveil their DPi… and it is the main reason I’d like to volunteer this event. I want to see this car in person!
Mazda Unveils New Prototype Race Car at Los Angeles Auto Show
Cadillac was next with their DP-V.R
ESM Tequila Patron Team and their Nissan DPi
ESM Nissan Onroak DPi Revealed; Testing Begins
But it’s not just prototypes that are an exciting addition to the multi-class racing program that is IMSA. Several new GT programs look very exciting also. Including entries from Acura and Lexus, as well as the addition of Mercedes-Benz, McLaren, and other existing programs that are just now finding their way to IMSA.
Acura Announces Dual PWC & IMSA NSX GT3 Programme
This is all pretty exciting news!
I’m so excited I’m contemplating driving down to Florida again next year for this thing. Not once but twice. The Roar before the 24. And the Daytona 24 hour race. In 2016 I drove down to Florida twice. First time in my own Miata for the St. Pete & Sebring pairing and later just for fun in a VW Bug rental. And to be honest I’m really looking forward to do this trip again.
Stay tuned for updates.