Will this race be available on the internet with IMSA TV? Imsa.com not real clear about this. And, as before we don't have FS2. I feel we are off to another year of poor coverage.
--- mikefeeser from unknown on 01.26.2017 at 9:49AM
comments:@mikefeeser, according to the info I have you can sign up and get it on Fox sports Go app, it says the whole race will stream there. I agree that the coverage of this series by Fox pretty much sucks, but remember who runs the IMSA show. I have both Fox 1 and 2, but there have been times where they just change the programming at the last minute with very little notification and no backup. I guess some really need to see that NASCAR practice from last year or some soccer game from South Africa. Sad, because that's good racing, if people could see it, they would probably go to a race or two, but the suits only see that joke that is NASCAR.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.26.2017 at 12:08PM
Qualifying wasn't encouraging...
--- ma7mgte from D.M.V. on 01.26.2017 at 2:54PM
I agree. I know that the Corvettes don't normally worry a lot about qualifying in a long race, but 1 1/2 seconds off pole is a bit ridiculous. Brings back bad memories of last year's 24 at LeMans, the Fords and Ferraris racing for the win, then everybody else. It's bad enough that Ford stacked the field with 4 cars, but they obviously have a very favorable BOP, and IMSA needs to get a hand on this RIGHT NOW, unless Ford will be this season's "designated champion". I'm not saying take away from the Fords and Ferraris, but give the rest some aero and/or restrictor increase so we're not bringing a knife to a gunfight. For this Series to remain credible, they need to provide a level playing field where every manufacturer has a chance to win, not a 2 tier class like they did at LeMans.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.26.2017 at 3:48PM
We all know last year's LeMans was a fraud that has to be explained to anyone trying to brag about the ford prototype. Now we deal with this? And either we tolerate this or leave? That's the truth of it? How does Chevy demonstrate the front-line performance of the Vette in a fixed series like this? Why do we have to explain the "rules" in the series instead of pointing to the front-line capability of the Vette in these 'races'? I would think the real contest would be between the Vette and the Ferrari's. GM needs to break out with some real aggression. Lots to explain there.
--- 72 from st coll on 01.26.2017 at 4:35PM
It will be interesting to see how IMSA reacts to the qualifying scenario, do they leave things as is, or do they make BOP adjustments before the race? I think this will be a particularly difficult season to win a Championship in anyway, much more so with certain Manufacturers getting more favorable BOP. Last year's LeMans was a complete joke in the GTE Pro class, and I'd like to think that IMSA would not want that same stigma for their marquee race, the Rolex 24. In light of their earlier meeting with all GTLM teams regarding sandbagging and how it would be dealt with, I think they need to show us with some action, rather than just tough talk. Every season it seems there are "exceptions" to the rules (BMW's prior V8 powered Z4, Dodge's 8 liter Viper, Ford's GT that we still haven't seen on the road yet, and now Porsche's mid-engine 911GTR, which will never be built for the public), but what about the Corvettes, Ferraris and BMWs that are within the rules? They need to fix this before things get out of hand, it seems like more greased palms, corporate pressures and preferential treatment all over again, same old same old.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.26.2017 at 5:26PM
comments:Just missed a podium. Looks like the Ford GTP and the 911P have the advantage this year. Ferrari is not far behind. Green flag w/40 mins to go and the Vette in first place is immediately passed by the Ferrari and Ford. Then soon after, the 911P.
--- F4Gary from unknown on 01.29.2017 at 1:49PM
First race of the season, and the handcuffs are already on. Last caution pit work puts the #3 in first place, but in the first green lap both the Ferrari and Ford just drive by on the banking like they're on the freeway, and the next lap the Porsche does the same thing. The problems with the #4 certainly didn't help, but in the end, being realistic, I don't think we had anything for the Ford or Ferrari, the Porsche maybe, but Ford and Ferrari were in a class of their own. I think the only reason the Porsche got around the Ferrari is because Calado ran the tires off a bit, and Pilet didn't.
--- Anonymous from Syracuse, NY on 01.29.2017 at 2:56PM
ford and Ferrari in their own class... like LeMans last year? Great - that means ford will not have to stack the field after today, right?...
--- 72 from st coll on 01.29.2017 at 3:18PM
I've said this from day one, that these corvettes are no match for these Ferraris, Porsches and these fords. It's going to be like this for these rest of these season.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 01.29.2017 at 3:30PM
I've totally stayed away from this site because of how everything I say is called a lie because I'm a Ferrari guy. You Vettes guys win the IMSA Championship last season and here you are crying after the first race. My favorite car got third, Calado most likely wore out his tires there towards the end and didn't have the grip push out of the bustop and the infield section. My favorite car FINALLY had enough performance at THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON rather than when mathematically eliminated like last season. The nearly obsolete Vettes are old, they are given more performance because they're old. They showed their age today. Now both of our favorite cars got beat today at Daytona by a prototype proxy car and a 911 that isn't and won't be available to the public and neither one have built the numbers to be inline with the spirit of the rule....sucks huh?...time to deal with it, as I had to last season knowing the 488 is the superior car but was totally handcuffed by having no performance. The 488 finishing 5th last season was a joke of BOP....or lack there of....hopefully it's now your turn to suffer...by what I watched at Daytona over the last 24 hours, it just might be...see ya in June at De La Sarthe...
--- Woody from Peoria, Arizona on 01.29.2017 at 3:41PM
Maybe today's results will jumpstart Chevy to get that mid-engined Vette to the track for the team. I saw pictures of what that new Vette will look like, the shape is very familiar...hmmm, wonder where I saw that shape of car before?...I guess if ya can't beat 'em, ya better join them I guess....but I'm sure when the new Vette hits the track it will be pretty darn good...hopefully more sooner than later...see ya guys....well maybe...sorry don't really mean to be an ass but if you read last seasons correspondence between us all...I was wrong and lied about everything I've ever posted here about my favorite car and team...right?....see ya guys..
--- Woody from Peoria, Arizona on 01.29.2017 at 3:50PM
Woody from these started I've said these same thing over and over again that corvette was old and out dated and would not be able to run with these other cars.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 01.29.2017 at 5:28PM
Yo, Woody, we have been dealing with longer than you. Last 3 years Viper, Porcshe, and the Ford GTPs at LeMans. Funny, you bitch about us bitching, and then you start bitching. The C7R is not an "old" car.
--- F4Gary from unknown on 01.29.2017 at 7:33PM
comments:@ Woody, are we going to do this all over again this year? Ferrari had the pace last year too, their drivers just made too many mistakes. Today, not the mistakes so much as maybe Calado used his tires up a bit fighting with the Ford and Porsche and just didn't have the grip in the end. As far as BOP goes, both Ford and Ferrari were able to drive away from the Corvettes on the banking, but under braking and through most of the infield, the Vettes were better, but it does no good to pass in the infield, then get blown off on the banking. I think there will be some BOP before Sebring, I'm guessing either weight added and/or restrictor reductions for the Fords, maybe boost adjustments, the Ferrari seems good as is, but the Porsches need some weight or restrictor adjustments, and both BMW and Corvette need maybe restrictor increase and weight breaks. I think the BOP is close, but not there yet, cars in the same class shouldn't be able to easily pass on a straight the way they showed at Daytona.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 01.29.2017 at 11:06PM
Don't know why you guys continue to humor an obvious troll who's idea of "balanced" is when ferrari wins everything and who goes on rants and full persecution-complex on whomever doesn't bow and scrape to his beloved ferrari's.
--- asdf from unknown on 02.01.2017 at 7:35PM
Funny Woody accuses other people of whining when he goes specifically to other car's websites to rant/show off his persecution complex whenever someone doesn't bow down to his precious ferrari's.
--- asdf from unknown on 02.01.2017 at 7:37PM
Just saw the entry list for LeMans on Autoweek. I'm not holding back here: Why the Fk is ford allowed 4 cars and everyone else 2?!! What pathetic crap is this, why is this allowed and why do the other teams tolerate it?!! Where's woody? Isn't this an affront to his Ferrari team also?
--- Anonymous from unknown on 02.02.2017 at 7:06PM
Four fords and two entries for everyone else? That's to be tolerated?
--- 72 from st col on 02.02.2017 at 7:07PM
Anyone keeping up with the ZR-1 and the Zora coming out soon? I'm wondering why both - just go to the Zora. The Z-06 kicks enough ass for the time being.
--- 72 from st coll on 02.06.2017 at 6:22PM
It's going to be Porsche/Ford/Ferrari show, this year. Yes I know about these BOP's.
--- Anonymous from unknown on 02.18.2017 at 2:02PM
Sorry guys. I've been a bit behind on stuff. I was in India for 24 days. I missed Daytona. I've been back for 2 weeks now but still haven't really had time to watch any of it. Probably wont. I know what happened anyways. I'll post a summary for Daytona soon, then we will have a fresh start for Sebring next month. Thanks
--- Chris Draper from unknown on 02.20.2017 at 1:18PM
Report today that Ford will have 3 cars at Sebring. Also, can someone tell me how Porsche can run a midengine car this year in GTLM when the public can't buy one to drive on the street. The rules are insane.
--- encore from sunny, fl on 02.23.2017 at 9:43PM
@encore, Although, the FIA has made the rules extremely hard to read, I heard that Porsche followed the rules. It had something to do with relocation of the engine from it factory location. Also there might have been a waiver granted. This is really turning into a waiver driven class.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 03.12.2017 at 7:14AM
Again, I agree on the waiver driven class, first BMW's V8 powered Z4, then the 8 liter Vipers, now the "production" Ford GT and the mid-engine Porsche that won't be produced for consumer use. The Corvettes are required to decrease displacement, yet all the rest get waivers, save for Ferrari at this point, and possibly BMW which got a slight displacement increase. I wish there was a good solution to all of this, but especially with the advent of turbo engines and mid-engine balance, I don't see that happening.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 03.12.2017 at 12:43PM
@Mr. 72, just so you know that as much BOP data we have collected since the 488 and the Ford hit the track, given that all are equally BOP'd the 488 is the superior car of all of the GTLM entries in IMSA. Although I will say that since the new 911 has been introduced, it will only get better and better with more development from Porsche and will be tough for us at IMSA BOP too keep its speed down so our domestic Ford can win the title this year. We do well enough holding the Risi Ferrari back, we should be able to do likewise to the 911's. We at IMSA do our best to keep the Fords and Vettes atop the leaderboards. If the Risi or Porsche teams knew of our domestic bias, its more than likely neither Ford nor the Vettes would ever win another LeMans, just we will never allow a foreign made car win our marque race (Daytona) or GTLM title.
--- IMSA from Sebring on 03.22.2017 at 12:49AM
imsa- I'm going with sarcasm with that one. As for me, I'll defer to Doug Fehan's commentary at the pre-race Corvette Corral briefing Saturday morning concerning all of it. I think it's going to be a 4-way fight between the Vettes, Ferrari, Fords and the 119. That thing was pretty quick at the end. Still would like to know what happened with the 4 Vette...
--- 72 from st on 03.22.2017 at 5:54PM
Last comment: imsa- I'm going with sarcasm with that one. As for me, I'll defer to Doug Fehan's commentary at the pre-race Corvette Corral briefing Saturday morning concerning all of it. I think it's going to be a 4-way fight between the Vettes, Ferrari, Fords and the 119. That thing was pretty quick at the end. Still would like to know what happened with the 4 Vette... --- 72 from st on 03.22.2017 at 5:54PM