Bryan Heitkotter added to Nissan’s racing
heritage – and further endorsement of the
Nissan Academy gamer-to-racer initiative –
with his first Pirelli World Challenge GT wins,
as he swept Utah’s double-header.
CHRIS AMON, 1943-2016
The man widely regarded as the best
Formula 1 driver never to win a World
Championship grand prix died Aug. 3 at
the age of 73. But while Chris Amon is
something of an asterisk in F1 history,
thanks to the bad luck that robbed him of
results time and again, the New
Zealander secured a prominent place in
the heritage of Ford’s involvement in
racing by winning the 1966 Le Mans
24 Hours – the Blue Oval’s first – in a GT40
shared with compatriot Bruce McLaren.
He was also a winner in Can-Am cars.
“As it turned out, results-wise I didn’t
have the greatest of luck in my Formula 1
career, so I guess Le Mans goes down as
my biggest achievement in racing,” Amon
told RACER just a few months before his
death. “I had a few other good sports car
results, but Le Mans would definitely be
the biggest one.”
The modest Kiwi lived to see Ford
return to the winner’s rostrum at Le Mans
this past June, 50 years after that first
famous triumph that provides a deserving
counterpoint to his “Mr. Unlucky” tag in F1. L A T
Chris Amon earned
five poles and 11
podium finishes in
F1– but no wins.
IMSA’s Daytona Prototype international
category is moving quickly from talk to
track. In concert with the dyno testing set
to take place this fall with engines from
four DPi manufacturers, a Cadillac-powered Dallara and a Mazda-powered
Riley/Multimatic are soon expected to
turn their first laps in private outings.
The DPi formula, which uses the same
four spec P2 chassis suppliers chosen by
the FIA World Endurance Championship
and the ACO, organizers of the 24 Hours
of Le Mans, allows auto manufacturers to
dress P2s built by Dallara, Riley/
Multimatic, Onroak (Ligier) and ORECA
with stylized bodywork and custom
engines – strictly forbidden by the ACO/
FIA in 2017, as its teams are required to
use spec P2s and spec Gibson V8 engines.
Both versions will be permitted in
IMSA’s Prototype class – and a spec WEC
P2 may also be converted into DPi
specification at any point, adding to the
options available to teams.
Putting meat on the bones of the Daytona Prototype international category
IMSA’S FUTURE TAKES SHAPE
Team Penske, which raced
Porsche RS Spyder P2
cars in ALMS (LEFT) in
2005-’08, has expressed
interest in fielding a team
for the new DPi formula.
More Penske panzers?
All the latest Sportscar news at IMSA’s DPi class
diverges from FIA P2
rules on engines and
bodywork, but will
still be allowed to
compete at Le Mans.