Lamborghini confirms LMDh programme

After several years of rumours, it’s finally confirmed – Lamborghini will enter Prototype racing. The Italian car manufacturer is ready with an LMDh car from 2024 onward, in addition to their various GT programmes. The cars will be participating in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the new GTP category, which will start in 2023, while a FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar category is planned as well. They have already found their partners on both sides of the Atlantic, but their names were not mentioned in today’s…

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WeatherTech Racing sticks to Merc

WeatherTech Racing has made a slight change to their 2022 plans. The team previous announced, that they would run the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a Porsche 911 GT3 R throughout the full 2022 season. They did however add a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for both the Daytona 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Common for both races, was that Cooper MacNeil raced both cars, joined by Porsche and Mercedes works drivers respectively. The choice is now the Mercedes #97 for the rest of 2022. They currently sit 6th in…

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LMDh from 2022, new LMP2 from 2025

World Motorsport Council held a meeting last weekend, and there were two important subjects on the agenda regarding the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, plus the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The first decision was only regarding the FIA WEC in 2022, where LMDh cars will be allowed in this year’s World Championship rounds. The original introduction of LMDh was scheduled for 2022, but due to the COVID-19 situation, it was all postponed for a year, so all the suppliers were able to get…

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Late Sebring call for Jani

Neel Jani will be making a trip to Sebring in 2022 after all. The 38-year-old Swiss racing driver was actually left without a seat for the Super Sebring weekend, where both FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be in action. But Jani was called up by Chip Ganassi Racing, when they all of a sudden was one driver short, after the departure of Kevin Magnussen, who jumped on the Formula 1 wagon with HAAS F1 Team once again. So Alexander Lynn and Earl Bamber will…

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53 IMSA cars at Sebring

There will be fifty-three cars on the grid when IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts the second round of the 2022 season at Sebring International Raceway. As always, there’s a little decrease compared to the opening round at Daytona, but it’s still more than 2021 with only thirty-seven cars. The DPi category still has seven cars, but not necessarily the same drivers from last time. Ryan Hunter-Reay got a call-up from Cadillac Racing #01, where he will replace Scott Dixon due to a coincidence with NTT IndyCar Series and their race…

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Belgian substitute at Sebring

Meyer Shank Racing has found their replacement at the 12 hours race at Sebring next month. Stoffel Vandoorne will replace Helio Castroneves, who will be doing the NTT IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on the same weekend. This will be the first time for Vandoorne to race an Acura DPi car, but he does have experience from LMP2, which he raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021. Castroneves was actually meant to do the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season,…

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Another two Acura cars for IMSA

There will be another two Acura NSX GT3 Evo 22 cars for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the near future. Wayne Taylor Racing will join forces with Racers Edge, where they will run a GTD car for the 12 Hours of Sebring, next month. The car will be an addition to the team’s regular DPi car. WTR has run GT cars for quite a few years, in various American series, and had quite some success doing that. The team will run under the Harrison Contracting Company banner. Car #93…

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Tappy promoted for 2022

Duncan Tappy gets a promotion at United Autosports. The Brit has raced for UA for the last few seasons in the LMP3 category, and will be active in that role too, when the Asian Le Mans Series 2022 starts next week. But then he will move on to an LMP2 programme for the rest of the year, but still with the British-American team. It’s not that long ago, that the team announced Tappy would once again team up with Jim McGuire and Andrew Bentley in the ELMS series in car…

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Various IMSA and ACO name changes

The International Motor Sports Association and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest will be having even close ties in the future. The two big organizing bodies in American and French racing respectively announced their collaboration regarding future prototypes two years ago. The LMDh category was announced back then, as the replacement for the current DPi category. The very special thing about that announcement was the allowance for the LMDh cars being allowed into the FIA World Endurance Championship, which isn’t possible for the current DPi cars. On the other than, there…

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Huge 61 car field at Daytona

A huge total of 61 cars has entered this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will run on 29-30 January 2022. The field consists of 7 DPi cars, with Cadillac and two Acura cars, with top drivers in all cars. There have often been one more cars with some iffy drivers in them, but that doesn’t appear so in 2022. Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing has two cars entered with numbers #01 and #02, while JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac #5, Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura #10, Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31,…

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Hardpoint with two old and two new drivers

Hardpoint will run two well-known faces and two brand new faces to the team, when the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts at  Daytona International Speedway in two weeks time. Rob Ferriol and Katherine Legge will be sharing Porsche 911 GT3 R #99 for the full 2022 season, just like they ended up doing for most of the 2021 season. They will have Stefan Wilson as the third driver at the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in the season. Wilson is the younger brother of Justin Wilson, and has been…

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Return of six RLL drivers

BMW Team RLL has announced the drivers for the 2022 edition of the 24 hours race in Daytona. Six of the 2021 drivers has been called back once again, but there is a shakeup in the pairings. The team ran in the four 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races which counted towards the Michelin Endurance Cup. That was in the now-defunct GTLM category with their BMW M8 GTE model. The brand new BMW M4 GT3 model is the weapon of choice in the brand new GTD Pro category. Car #24…

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Extra WeatherTech car in Daytona

One turns into two, turns into three Weathertech cars for the Rolex 24 at Daytona 2022, later this month. WeatherTech Racing already has a Porsche and Mercedes entered in the GTD Pro category under their own name, and now a title sponsorship on another Mercedes-AMG GT3. The team name will be WeatherTech, with Mercedes of Billings (Montana), and Proton Competition will also run this car, but with the Billings car dealer having the chance of being mentioned for the race. Dirk Müller, Patrick Assenheimer and Austin Cindric will be the three…

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Plenty of GTD news

It’s easy to spot, that the opening round of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is getting closer. The number of announcements from especially the GTD categories, have been ticking into all the mailboxes for the past hours and a few days, so we have decided to collect them all in one big story. KCMG KCMG will make their Rolex 24 at Daytona debut. The team is based in Hong Kong, and therefore started out racing in Asia. They went to race in the LMP2 category, and won both the…

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CGR ready with the final drivers

Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing has announced their plans prior to the 2022 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais will be sharing Cadillac DPi-V.R #01 for the full 2022 season. They will get extra help for the 24 hours by no other than Scott Dixon and Alex Palou, with a total of seven Indycar titles, on top of the four Champcar titles by Bourdais. That makes van der Zande the “weak link” with “only” race wins, but not US titles on his CV so…

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Tower runs IMSA again

Tower Motorsport will once again run in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the 2022 season. Team boss John Farano will return behind the wheel, but has swapped all his teammates for the ORECA 07 Gibson, just as he has changed the team running the car. Capone Motorsports has taken over from Starworks Motorsports, who has run the car until now. Louis Deletraz will be the full-season driver alongside Farano throughout the 2022 season. Deletraz is the defending ELMS LMP2 Champion with Team WRT, and has LMP1 experience as well…

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Gradient back in MEC

Gradient Racing will take another season with the four Michelin Endurance Cup races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD category. Mario Farnbacher and Till Bechtolsheimer will be joined by Kyffin Simpson for all four races, while Marc Miller will help out at the Rolex 24 at Daytona as the fourth driver. Simpson has raced single-seaters until now, but will try out sportscar racing now, where it’s an advantage to find a young driver, with a low driver ranking, but still incredibly fast. Farnbacher has long experience with the Acura…

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From Lambo to BMW for PMR

There will be some changes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022 for the Paul Miller Racing outfit, with a move from Lamborghini to BMW. Paul Miller Racing has pretty much synonymous with the Italian brand, with 6 seasons of history including championships and loads of wins. But the team has bought a brand new BMW M4 GT3. Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow continue as pairing in the GTD category. The two has had a fantastic collaboration, and has completed all but two races, while 44% of the races have…

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WeatherTech Racing with two cars at Daytona

WeatherTech Racing is aiming big at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2022. The team will run two cars at the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2022, and will be going with two different cars. They raced in the GTLM category in 2021, claiming two wins, despite Cooper MacNeil being Silver ranked driver only, against all the Platinum drivers at Corvette Racing. While the team ran two Porsche 911 RSR GTLM/GTE cars at the 2021 season finale at Petit Le Mans, they will go with two…

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AF Corse with a single car at Daytona

AF Corse will run a single car at the 24 hours race at Daytona International Speedway 2022. The team was also entered in 2021, with Nicklas Nielsen and Simon Mann returning to the team. They will have Toni Vilander and Luis Perez-Companc as teammates this year. Nielsen is worked driver at Ferrari, and is one of the most successful drivers at the Italian brand, throughout the past few seasons. Nielsen came to the team in 2019, and has since then won the ELMS GTE title in 2019, and the FIA…

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