2017 IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
30 WINTER 2016/17
here are no rooms left at the GT
The overflowing success of the IMSA
Weather Tech SportsCar Championship’s
GT3-based GTD class has been a remarkable
blessing for the Weather Tech SportsCar
Championship. As its most populous
category, the enriched offerings from Aston
Martin, Audi, BMW, Dodge, Lamborghini,
Ferrari and Porsche transformed the 2016
season into a vision of supercar lunacy.
Built upon a blended Pro-Am formula,
GTD is typically driven by its global GT3
underpinnings and a light dusting of
factory assistance from the brands
involved. These dream machines, each
carrying steep six-figure price tags,
are typically sold for independent use.
But looking to ’ 17, “typically” will no
longer be used to describe GTD.
Thanks to marauding newcomers
Acura, Lexus and Mercedes-AMG, norms
will be tested this year as three additional
brands with direct factory involvement –
all dead set on whipping the old guard
into submission – storm the GTD ranks.
Even with the might of automotive
giants behind some GTD programs,
finding an edge, especially with so many
disparate cars being equalized under
IMSA’s Balance of Performance rules, has
become the obsessive pursuit for every
FOLLOW THE CROWDS
Could GT Daytona get any more loaded with GT3 exotica? As
Mercedes-AMG, Acura and Lexus join in for 2017, the answer is yes.
3GT Racing’s two-car Lexus RC F GT3 attack includes
IndyCar driver Sage Karam and sports car racing legend
Scott Pruett in a talent-stacked driver lineup.