Greetings from Lime Rock!
Here’s some pix taken over the two day Northeast Grand Prix event:
Greetings from the Independence Day Weekend at Watkins Glen… The Sahlen’s 6 hour at the Glen paddock filled up slowly. I arrived Wednesday afternoon, went for a wonder around the paddock and only saw some Porsche GT3 Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Huracan’s and LMP3/Mazda Prototype Challenge cars unloaded. But as the weekend went on and more trailers moved in there was a lot to look at. Especially all those cars with patriotic wraps on them…
I hate camping, especially with the threat of severe weather, luckily my tent only took on a little bit of water.
This 911 put on quite a smoke show when I approached… got oil?
I love the fact they mixed the US and Canadian series for this weekend. It had some crazy side affects due to a crash that I got to witness on their Race 1 but still nice to see a 40 car field of GT3’s.
The weirdest thing for me with these pace cars was that a Porsche started the Platinum group during the GT3 race, but an Audi started the Gold group… couldn’t they source another 911 somewhere?
At least the Mazda started their Prototype Challenge races.
…and it’s a pretty RF model with Global MX-5 Cup wheels!
Anybody wanna buy a Norma LMP3?
My usual cruise to Jerlando’s in Montour Falls for some faux-Italian:
New sign: Welcome to Watkins Glen!
Top of the Esses selfie, day one working solo.
And as the paddock filled in, more IMSA stuff to check out:
Love that bucket of fries I got a chance to lunch on one of the days…
more to follow…
One of the more exciting additions to the program at Sebring 12h this year was a brand new class: Mazda Prototype Challenge.
And as with many other IMSA race cars, the new series incorporates a little bit of the old with a lot of brand new. Mainly, IMSA took a “Meh!” series that was IMSA Lites and turned it into Mazda Prototype Challenge that features the same 2 liter 4 cyliner IMSA Lites open top L1’s (renamed MPC’s) in the lower class and the brand new Le Mans Prototype LMP3 machines with massive 5 liter V8’s (that are not powered by Mazda… technically Nissan engines, but not branded as such).
I think now it’s going to be an awesome addition to the support classes. I think IMSA did a dry run testing this idea last year running the little IMSA Lites alongside the Prototype Challenge PC cars from the IMSA WeatherTech series, obviously it worked well. It’s my understanding that the LMP3’s will replace PC cars next year.
I was lucky enough to be on break at the end of the MPC practice session to snap a few close ups:
and some more in the paddock:
and a few more before the grid was populated:
What was most impressive was how the little Mazda Lites were able to keep up with the LMP3 leaders. The Ligiers and the sole Norma ran best, while the Ginetta was a back marker. The ugly Riley ran OK but was mid-pack at best.
I’m excited about this series!