On top of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022 schedule announcement, there was an announcement regarding the GTD Pro and GTD rules for next year as well.
As was announced at the Daytona 24 Hours in January, there will be no more GTLM after this season, but it’s being replaced by GTD Pro, which is GT3 cars just like the regular GTD cars.
The plans back then were to separate the two categories in one way or another, with either BOP or other ties, but those things have been ditched again.
The two categories will run the exact same tires, the exact same BOP for the cars, and with the same minimum drive times, as the amateur drivers have.
GTD Pro will, however, primarily feature professional racing drivers, or young talents on their way up the ladder.
The rules about a separate GTD Am qualifying will go away again, with just a single qualifying for all GTD Pro and GTD cars. But it is still the lowest ranked driver, who will qualify the cars in GTD.
IMSA does however state, that they might split the two classes, in case there are problems on the track regarding the pace.
Corvette Racing doesn’t have a GT3 car currently, but they have received a dispensation to convert their GTLM car to a GT3 alike specification, to be able to participate.
The 2022 season starts on 21-23 January at Daytona, with ROAR Before the Rolex 24.