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Atherton On DPi Gen II: “Five Or More DPi Manufacturers Would Be Very Satisfying”

IMSA's President speaks to DSC

IMSA President Scott Atherton believes there could be as many as five manufacturers for the first race of DPi 2022 at the Rolex 24 in January 2022.

With ten manufacturers currently involved in the discussions, Atherton believes that as many as five of them could commit to the regulations once they are finalized in the coming months.

Atherton told DSC that IMSA has been very pleased with the fact they were able to have four manufactures buy into the first generation of DPi regulations that debuted in 2017, and that they are targeting more for DPi 2022.

“We have been fortunate to have four manufacturers involved in the initial round so you would want to see some growth,” Atherton said. “Five or more [manufactures] I would say would be very satisfying.”

Atherton believes there is a strong possibility that IMSA will be able to meet that target when January 2022 rolls around and the green flag drops at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.

The debut of the first-generation of DPi in 2017 featured three manufactures with Cadillac, Nissan, and Mazda. Acura joined the class the following year. Five manufacturers for DPi 2022 in its first season would bode well for the class that has garnered significant interest in recent years, with plenty more looking towards the future of the class to potentially get involved.

The World Endurance Championship is looking at two to three makes for the debut race of their Hypercar regulations. Atherton spoke on those Hypercar regulations and told DSC that IMSA is trying to be much more structured with their approach.

“If you look at the Hypercar regulations, they have been revised such if a manufacturer wanted to come with a hybrid that is an option if a manufacturer wanted to race without a hybrid that is also an option. There are so many variables that are apart of those regulations. I think we are being much more defined in our regulations,” Atherton said.

IMSA is taking such an approach in hopes of keeping costs down which in turn would attract manufacturers who are looking to get involved in motorsports but do not want to commit the financial capital that others have had to in the past.