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20 Cars Entered In Inaugural Michelin IMSA Encore

12 of them LMP3s

The entry list for the inaugural Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore race at Sebring International Raceway has been released, featuring 20 cars across the LMP3, GT4 and TCR classes.

IMSA will focus on the three Challenge series classes at the Encore, a special non-points race, allowing teams to sample the new-for-2019 Michelin tyres.

The Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge series will provide the core content of cars. The Michelin Pilot Challenge features a two-class structure with Grand Sport (GS) and TCR classes. The GS class runs to GT4 technical regulations. Prototype Challenge uses LMP3 cars exclusively beginning next season.

“The Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore is really the kickoff for Michelin as the Official Tire of IMSA,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsport, Michelin North America. “We look forward to welcoming and working with our new Challenge class teams and drivers at the Encore event.”

Among the 20 cars entered, 12 of them are LMP3s (11 Ligiers and a single Adess), five are GT4 and three are TCR cars. This includes entries from Ford, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen in the GT4 and TCR classes.

The four-hour race starts at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 11 and will be streamed live on with commentary from the IMSA Radio team.

The official weekend schedule includes three practice sessions on Saturday, Nov. 10 as well as a 45-minute Global MX-5 Cup Challenge race on both Saturday and Sunday.