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2017 IMSA Notebook

DPi, Acura and Lexus Updates

DPi Update

With news emerging of the first 2017 LMP2s beginning to hit the track there’s little surprise that their North American DPi equivalents are also imminently going to be out and testing.

Whilst GM (Cadillac-badged Chevrolet V8s) and Mazda engined cars are expected for the 2917 season, Marshall Pruett has already reported that dyno testing is set to take place with Engines from four potential contestants,

Nissan and Honda programmes are understood to be under active consideration with the ongoing saga of Bentley’s potential involvement also still in play with Panoz having also announced their intention too consider a future entry and paddock sources suggesting that Hyundai or Kia are likely to feature in the future too though the programme undertaken by Mercedes AMG to investigate customer interest appears, for the present at least, to be ‘parked’

Team Penske are understood to be amongst the teams investigating Dpi programmes for future years too and they may be in the mix for what might be a multi car Honda effort for season 2 of the new formula, though at least two other outfits, one from Europe, are understood to be in the mix!

Shank Tests Updated Acura LMP2

The saga of the Acura ARX 04b LMP2 coupe that raced at Daytona in 2015 before being withdrawn from competition after aerodynamic shortcomings emerged has rolled on.

The latest update comes with a test last month with a revised version of the car by Michael Shank Racing, the updates attracting positive comments from the team.

Will we see the car in grandfathered form in competition in 2017? We’ll see!

Shank Rumoured for IMSA NSX Effort

The new Acura NSX GT3 has been seen in public in testing and Free Practice (but not yet racing) at Pirelli World Challenge events but whilst the racing effort there is set to be entrusted to long-time Honda entrants RealTime Racing the proposed IMSA effort in the (GT3 spec) GTD class looks set to be in the hands of Michael Shank Racing.

More Testing Due for Lexus RC F GT3

Scott Pruett is expected to test the newly-built 2017 RC F GT3 model in October after the car completed its homologation and benchmarking runs in France.

The 2017 car, which will replace the troubled 2015 RC F GT3 the brand chose not to race in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this season, will conduct runs at the Ladoux testing facility with the FIA before it is shipped to the factory F Performance Racing team in Michigan. Once in the hands of Pruett and F Performance, preparations for a race debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January will commence.