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A Look at the New GT4, TCR Cars in CTSC

A look at the new cars in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge…

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge has seen an influx of new cars, with the debut of GT4 models from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG, along with the new-for-2018 TCR class, which has bolstered the class to an expected 40-plus car grid for this month’s season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

We take a look at at the new faces of the series in the following photo gallery. (Photos: Jake Galstad/IMSA)

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Eric

    January 8, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Sweet, a car with an upside-down cross on it.

    • Old Trombone

      January 8, 2018 at 10:18 am

      They are everywhere in Romania.

      Add the Riley Merc’s front-quarter script, and now it seems acceptable to put religious signs on race series cars. 3 problems at least here. 1, What happens when another car accidentally crashes into the religious car – can we expect the normal kind of retribution that religions are well known for? It won’t matter if driver & team tell their fans to accept it, religious followers tend to get fundamental. What happens if the religious car gets bumped out of a win on the last corner?
      2. Kenny Roberts’ was angry at the extreme danger passes that Geebus-freak Freddie Spencer pulled, because Spencer made it clear he thought dying for geebus was ok, and taking someone else out along the way, well that didn’t matter either. (The real) St Bernard: “Kill every one in the village, geebus will select the good ones for heaven…”
      3, Can’t wait for the Isis flag sponsored car, the sayt-anist car, the Jedi car (this is the fastest growing religion in America – look it up! Their big day is May the 4th, get it?), the fundamental LDS car with an all-teen-female pit crew, the MJ church car (how are they going to handle anti-smoking bans when the religion demands it?), the Buddhist car sitting still in the middle of the straight, the hasidic car with HANS extensions, the JW car that has to stop in front of every fan in the stands to give them a watchtower, the vishnu car with 8 wheels, the jainist car that screeches to a halt when a bug hits the windscreen, the dervish car (oh, they’re all on ovals, sorry), the Falun-gong car that takes the escape road every lap, and the voodoo car that looks like the previous race’s winner but with pins sticking out of it…

      Religion and sport, like oil and water, they DON’T mix… god doesn’t choose who wins, and god doesn’t punish people who lose a game.

      • Old Trombone

        January 8, 2018 at 11:47 am

        King Kenny vs Spencer the Saint?

        Try Senna v Prost Suzuka 1990, and then tell me religion does NOT belong in sport….

      • Nick

        January 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

        What the hell are you cultist zealots on about?! Keep that crap in na$car where it belongs.

      • Thomas

        January 8, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        It’s their racing car. They can decorate it how they want. Unless you want to violate fundamental human rights like say the right to free choice of religion. I’m yet to see any race car advocating violence. I guess the Jesus Racing Team in Australia would be banned in your world too? Not subtle enough for your sensibilities?

        • Old Trombone

          January 9, 2018 at 10:03 am

          Maybe Greg Loles should have put the Greek Church right on his Porsche. Does your argument, Loles can decorate his car however he wants, apply to him? Keeping religion and sport separated is for the good of the religions involved, not necessarily any atheists. What if your religion’s team are perennial losers? Are you going to guarantee that the team owner will not face retribution from their own followers for not winning? What if we get the (quite obviously) Orthodox folks on this BMW to pit right next to Catholics? How about IMSA families who are Baptist and specifically excluded from being involved in ANY event with ANY other religious branding? The minute this car hits the track, every single Baptist has to leave or turn off their TV. You think Penske and Ganassi want to lose those eyeballs? Grow up and get mature about religion. It has its place. Not here. It’s not that Atheists want it out, it’s that OTHER religions get antsy once one of theirs is facing opposition. I don’t want religion banned. I want religion VERSUS religion banned. Religion has no place in sport. You folks can proselytize in the grandstands, in the car park, buy an ad in the magazine. But when it’s religion on the field against other religions, that’s war, the believers always do that.

        • Old Trombone

          January 9, 2018 at 10:13 am

          Jesus Racing existed for two years, swallowed donations that were supposed to give it ten years on track, then crowdfunded an legendary classic racer (GTHO Falcon), which was given 3 races and then placed carefully in the team principle’s garage never to be seen again. Greg Loles must be this guys’ mentor, right? Religion, even better than motor racing at making a small fortune (out of a large one)…

  2. Zone

    January 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Great to see the GS class back to its old self. Where are the camaro GT4 cars ?

    • Andrew

      January 8, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Stevenson has left series, and no one else picked up a Camaro. Looks like PWC and a few in Europe are it for 2018.

    • KEVIN BOYCE

      January 8, 2018 at 11:33 am

      They are the most expensive of the choices…from what Ive heard.

      • gtgianlu

        January 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

        And it is,at least in Europe. Here,it will set you back 215000E,a good 15000E more than an AMG Gt or an Audi R8 and 25000E more than an M4

      • Matt

        January 9, 2018 at 12:47 am

        But weird nobody bought the Stevenson Camaro’s. Surely they’re for sale lower than the original price.

  3. Zone

    January 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Can’t wait to get back to Daytona 24 . Have been going for the past 8 years.

  4. jason

    January 8, 2018 at 10:30 am

    If these cars had slightly bigger rear wings then they would look even more fantastic. Doing that would bring the category up to a grand-am GT level I think.

  5. jeff

    January 8, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I was flagging in Turn 5 when the #11 body slammed the armco barrier on driver’s left, car took a good hit and was able to driver away, seems like a sturdy car

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