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My least favorite race of the year, but I will keep tabs on it from time to time. I think Corvette can be a real contender this year although I am concerned the the Ford GT could possible be the class of the field. Let not forget had it not been for a few blown up race cars and a dumb move on the Porsche driver, Corvette most likely would not have won the race last year. With that said I do think this years car is better, but I still worry about the GT. Lets get real, Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari and BMW are are based on a production based car where as this Ford was specifically designed and built with one intention and that being win Le Mans as they did back in the 60's. Sure they want to the crown in both IMSA and WEC but Le Mans is there crown jewel. My other concern is, just how long will they stay in the game, (that is Ford). Remember back to the original GT and they won Le Mans 3 times and were gone. I don't see them selling a large number of these cars as production cars due to the price, so will they do as they have in the past?
--- TR6speed from Florida on 01.27.2016 at 9:38AM
I agree on the Ford being a concern, as well as a purpose-built race car, but that being said I want them in the field. How long will they stay if they win a title? Win at LeMans? who knows, but look how short of a stay SRT Viper had in IMSA. I'd welcome them back as well, but I don't see that happening any time soon, and if Corvette can't win, I'd just as soon see an American car winning. Plus, anybody that doesn't think the Ferrari is in the same mold as the Ford GT isn't looking, a $300K plus mid-engine exotic IS a race car, and returning to my ongoing BMW rant. so was BMW's Z4, a car not available as anything but a race car. So, we may disagree on the Ford's motivations, but I'm glad they're, let's race!!
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.27.2016 at 12:46PM
@ GS10tk true the Ferrari is an exotic mid engine car and true it is a limited production car, but Ferrari continues to build production cars based on the same idea of a mid engine and they contiue to refine them and improve on them with each new car. Maybe Ford will do the same with their Gt, although I don't see that happening as it does with Ferrari. Agree I was not a fan of the Z4, but it met the rules and what it missed on it received the waivers from the FIA. I am sure that if we could look inside IMSA we would see that Corvette has received it share of waivers. As for the Viper program, they simply were not selling the cars that they needed to justify the the expense of a professionally backed race team. In fact the SRT branch was pulled back under the control of the Chrysler Corp. Finally I look forward to more manufacturers in teh class and it would be great if Viper came back, I just seem to have this issue with Ford building a purposely built race car before they build a street production car.
--- TR6speed from Florida: on 01.27.2016 at 1:15PM
@TR6speed, Agreed on that, but I do welcome them in the series, purpose-built race car or not. I guess my take is such that I own a Corvette and would prefer to see a Corvette win every race, but I'm also in favor of seeing an American in victory lane, so Corvette, Ford GT, Viper is good. So, I guess if Corvette's not in the hunt, I'll be waving the Blue Oval, either way I think we can both agree that the GT is a pretty impressive piece of machinery, race car or street car. Let's just hope that this isn't another "designated champ" season like the previous 2 seasons were, where winning is determined by BOP and not actual competition on the track.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.27.2016 at 1:37PM
--- vetteheadracer from somewhere damp on 01.27.2016 at 2:46PM
IMSA is taking another step in the right direction with same new BoP procedures, as explained in this article: http://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/imsa-debuts-new-balance-of-performance-process/
--- Chris Draper from unknown on 01.28.2016 at 10:13AM
I agree although I have not read the complete article it does ,at least on the surface to sound like, maybe they are trying to really get the BoP issue under control. I know many don't care for BoP's at all, but in this form of racing it is really the only way to try and equalize all the different cars and engines.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 01.28.2016 at 12:35PM
Anyone having trouble get picture on Imsa Tv? I am watching it on my cell phone. When I click on Imsa Tv icon it says access denied? Somethng new?
--- encore from not so sunny, fl on 01.28.2016 at 3:47PM
comments:"I just seem to have this issue with Ford building a purposely built race car before they build a street production car." TR6, that's been my bone of contention all along. It's not a production sports car until they are being produced. Remember "GTO".
--- F4Gary from Texas on 01.30.2016 at 11:12AM
Gavin must have hit the nitrous button too hard, has fastest lap lap of the day
--- encore from sunny, fl on 01.30.2016 at 3:27PM
stupid 60 second penalty!!!!!
--- SpeedyG from swfla on 01.31.2016 at 10:06AM
What exactly did he do to get a 60 sec. penalty?
--- Mike from unknown on 01.31.2016 at 10:34AM
Ran the red light at pit out (Fassler)
--- Shifter from unknown on 01.31.2016 at 10:55AM
P1 and P2 finish for the #4 and #3 cars, respectively!
--- SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 01.31.2016 at 1:45PM
GREEEAT RACE!!! Ford GT back to the drawing board?
--- Mike from unknown on 01.31.2016 at 1:56PM
WOW WHAT A FINISH!!!! 0.034 seconds!!!! Congrats Team Corvette!!! See you guys at Sebring!!!
--- SpeedyG from swfla on 01.31.2016 at 2:01PM
1-2 Vette Victory, again! I just hope team Vette doesn't get hit with more restrictions just because they keep winning all the time. Will GM promote this? Will we see the corresponding victory ads?
--- 72 from st. coll on 01.31.2016 at 2:55PM
Congratulations CR! IMSA right now is probably trying to figure out how it can use a BOP to attach a trailer hitch to a C7R and make us haul a pop-up camper around Sebring.
--- Richard2 from Grosse Pointe, MI on 01.31.2016 at 2:56PM
Congrats to Corvette Team, last half hour was awesome racing. Just remember what happened last year when the C7R got such good gas mileage at Daytona, they started their BOP changes that killed our season.Glad to see we were competitive against the turbo cars which I thought would kick our butts. Lets see if there are changes before Sebring :)
--- encore from sunny, fl on 01.31.2016 at 5:31PM
Congrats to Team Corvette on a great race and an even better finish. The outcome was a pretty distinct possibility from the start, I think smart money would've been on either a Corvette or a Porsche for the win, the only 2 proven winners and only non-turbo cars. The new turbo cars did run pretty well for the most part, and as much as I hate to admit it, I think IMSA did a pretty good job on the BOP, and I'm not just saying that because a Corvette won. I watched most of the race and got a chance to compare the Corvettes against the new cars from Ford, Ferrari, and BMW and each make including the Porsche has different areas where they're better than the rest, and different areas where they're not so good, but at the end of a clear lap, I think all are pretty close in performance. I do think any additional BOP adjustments prior to Sebring would be premature, because not a lot can be gained by comparing Daytona to any other track, because there is no other track the series runs on that is anything like Daytona. That said, I'm sure some will disagree, but I think this will be a very competitive season once the new cars get their issues worked out. I thought both the Ferrari and BMW in particular were very good for the most part, and until their shifting issues, the Fords were running up front, and each new car had at least one car finish, so that's a good thing for them. With all the new telemetry on the cars, I think (hope?) IMSA will think the same way, but from my perspective, I didn't see any car that had a distinct advantage over the rest, I saw a pretty tight field over 5 very different cars, and that's good racing, so hopefully they'll leave things as they are. The win was especially good for the #4, as they had a tough year last year, save for LeMans, I just hope Olly's little bump on the Porsche doesn't come back, but then Antonio made a very clean pass, so the Porsche wouldn't have won anyway. Good day at the track, hope to see everybody at Sebring in a few weeks, already have my Corral tix in hand.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.31.2016 at 6:44PM
It did look fairly equal to me...and yeah, not just because CR won. The Ford GT was actually quite fast once they shook some bugs, too late though. The Porsches were certainly fast enough, and BMW and Ferrari were no slouches either.
--- Shifter from unknown on 01.31.2016 at 7:29PM
I agree, I thought the whole class looked pretty even, top to bottom. I may be wrong, but I don't see any one team going on a multi-race win streak like last year, once the new cars get the kinks out it should be really interesting. Let's just hope IMSA sees it the same way.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.31.2016 at 7:33PM
Last comment: I agree, I thought the whole class looked pretty even, top to bottom. I may be wrong, but I don't see any one team going on a multi-race win streak like last year, once the new cars get the kinks out it should be really interesting. Let's just hope IMSA sees it the same way. --- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.31.2016 at 7:33PM