The inaugural Indianapolis 8 Hour this weekend (October 2/4), a much delayed round 2 of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge should see a 23 car entry.
There have been multiple changes and clarifications since the initial provisional entry but today’s updated version of the list still shows 13 GT3 cars.
That baker’s dozen though includes a couple of significant changes, the initially entered Black Swan Porsche now missing from the list, replaced by a second racers Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo, the #80 car entered for the parallel GT WCA Pro-Am event which takes place within the overall race. Ziad Ghandour and Kyle Marcelli the listed drivers.
On the driving front the #04 DXDT Racing AMG GT3 sees Richard Heistand added to the already named George Kurtz and Colin Braun.
Jan Heylen meanwhile joins the #20 Wright Motorsports Porsche effort alongside Fred Poordad and Max Root, the effort now running in GT3 Silver Cup, currently as the only entry in the sub-class.
The #31 Audi is now confirmed as entered by Audi Sport team Hardpoint WRT for factory drivers Mirko Bortolotti and Markus Winkelhock, joined by Spencer Pumpelly.
The #34 Walkenhorst BMW sees Connor de Phillippi join the already named Augusto Farfus and newly crowned N24 winner Nicky Catsburg.
Ben Keating joins the #63 DXDT Racing AMG GT3 alongside Ryan Dalziel and David Askew – (NOTE – a team source that Keating is actually due to race the sister #04 with Heistand in the #63).
The #93 Racers Edge Acura lists Indy Lights and 2020 ELMS LMP3 racer Robert Megennis alongside Shelby Blackstock and Trent Hindman, the car confirmed as an entry for the 8 Hours overall. The 10 car GT4 entry has seen multiple changes too:
The #210 Classic BMW entry is withdrawn, but another BMW is added, this time the #82 M4 GT4 from Bimmerworld, James Clay, Chandler Hull and Bill Auberlen. The second addition is the #3 Motorsport USA McLaren 570S GT4 for Michael McAleenan, Dan Rogers and Michael Cooper.
The #2 GMG Racing Porsche Cayman adds Robin Liddell to the driver line-up.
The #17 TRG Cayman meanwhile drafts in Andy Lally to replace Spencer Pumpelly (see above) Parker Chase is drafted into the #25 CCR Team TFB BMW M4 line-up and the Classic BMW effort renumbered from #210 to #26 now sees Steven McAleer replacing Chandler Hull.
GMG Racing have confirmed the line-up in their #8 Audi R8 LMS GT4 as Elias Sabo, James Sofronas and Andy Lee.
Finally, the #69 BGB Motorsports Cayman now has a ‘TBA’ listed with Jan Helylen drafted in by Wright Motorsports GT3 effort.
Seven of the IGTC’s nine full-season marques are featured on the entry with Aston Marin and Lamborghini not represented.
Manufacturers’ Championship leaders, Mercedes-AMG, have three entries split between Intercontinental regulars SunEnergy1 Racing and GT World Challenge America frontrunners DXDT Racing.
GT World Challenge America’s Pro-Am championship leaders, Martin Fuentes and Rodrigo Baptista, comprise one half of Ferrari’s contingent. Squadra Corse are joined by fellow 488 GT3 runners Vital Speed.
K-PAX Racing will oversee Bentley’s sole entry at Indianapolis.
Audi Sport, winners of the first two California 8 Hours, field a single car from Team Hardpoint, supported by factory-blessed WRT.
Full-season Intercontinental entrants Walkenhorst Motorsport make the trip on BMW’s behalf.
Honda, who claimed California 8 Hours pole on their Intercontinental debut last season, can also count on two entries. The JAS Motorsport-run factory effort and the #93 Racers Edge Motorsports NSX GT3 Evos,
Reigning Intercontinental GT Challenge champions, Porsche, are represented by Wright Motorsports who entered the new-generation 911 at Laguna Seca last season.
The inaugural Indianapolis 8 Hour gets underway this Sunday at 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT. Watch the race, as well as Saturday’s pre-qualifying, qualifying and Pole Shootout, live on SRO’s GT World Youtube channel plus the Intercontinental GT Challenge Facebook page and website.
INDIANAPOLIS 8 HOUR TIMETABLE (ALL TIMES ET)
Thursday 1 October
12:00-12:30: Bronze Test Session
Friday 2 October
10:20-11:35: Paid Test Session
13:40-15:10: Free Practice
Saturday 3 October
08:30-10:00: Pre-Qualifying – LIVE
12:10-12:25: Qualifying 1 – LIVE
12:32-12:47: Qualifying 2 – LIVE
12:55-13:10: Qualifying 3 – LIVE
17:30-17:45: Pole Shootout – LIVE
Sunday 4 October
10:00-18:00: Indianapolis 8 Hour – LIVE