Although I never really bought into the fact that IMSA plays favorites, I don’t see how you can think up any other reason for how the Corvette team has been treated this year.
On Friday, IMSA issued a new technical bulletin ahead of this week’s Monterey Sportscar Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway in California. In the new bulletin, IMSA gave the Cadillacs in the top DPi class a 20kg weight break and a 0.3 larger air restrictor. In GTD, IMSA penalized the Porsche 911 GT3s a 20kg increase while removing weight on three additional competitors.
But for the GTLM class, it’s crickets…
The Corvettes were at least competitive this year up until the last BoP change in July ahead of the race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. That BoP change singled out the Chevys exclusively with a 10kg weight penalty despite the fact the team hasn’t a single win this year. Meanwhile, Porsche had four consecutive wins prior to the Corvette C7.R’s BoP adjustment and they have gone on to win at CTMP and VIR for a total of six wins this season.
This doesn’t make racing fun for the fans, and it surely doesn’t make it fun for the teams racing when the race organizers have a built-in bias, whether real or perceived, for one team over all others.
And the racing in the class isn’t going to be better anytime soon as the GTLM field will be further limited in 2020 with the loss of the Ford GTs as Ford has stated this is the last year of their GTLM racing program.
Corvette Racing has been on the scene for 21 consecutive years now and next year a new Corvette will be seen on the greatest road courses in North America. Knowing that IMSA will put its toe on the scale (and keep it there) has us less excited than ever…
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