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33 Entries for Monterey

Thirty three cars on entry list for IMSA at MRLS…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Thirty-three IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entries are set to compete in the penultimate round of the season next weekend for the America’s Tire 250, the headline event of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The two-hour and 40-minute race will feature a three-class format in Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona class entries. 

ENTRY LIST: Monterey

It will mark the return of the top prototype class for the first time since Road America last month, which saw Tequila Patron ESM claim the first win with its Nissan Onroak DPi and drivers Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek.

There are no major changes in the Prototype entry since Road America, with Olivier Pla set to continue with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in its Ligier JS P217 Gibson, having gotten out of a conflicting European Le Mans Series event that weekend to remain with the Bobby Oergel-led team.

While eight Prototypes are set to do battle, nine cars are again listed in GTLM, including the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, which is now confirmed to contest the remainder of the season.

GTD, meanwhile, sees a 16-car entry, with Patrick Long continuing in the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and WeatherTech Racing remaining with its Porsche as well, for the final two-hour and 40-minute race of the season.

The America’s Tire 250 is set for Sept. 24 with live coverage on FS1, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. fourloko

    September 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    why is the conti race 4 hours? i think having the wtsc 4 hours would make strategy intersting

    • n8b

      September 13, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      It’s one of the two endurance rounds for Conti. Dayona being the other one.

      • Jenner

        September 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

        Lame scheduling by IMSA again.

        I’m paying for a 4 hr race of souped up tuner cars but only 2 hrs 40mins of Prototypes and GTLM? How stupid is that?

        Hey IMSA, we the fans wanna see high performance race cars racing at full tilt, not grocery getters and tuner cars I see hanging out at the local Starbucks.

        What next? A 6 hr Prius race into the night?

        • Mike

          September 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

          1 East Coast Conti Enduro and 1 West Coast Conti Enduro makes perfect sense. WTSC is already booked up in terms of costs per the teams’ desires.

          And that’s even before you get into the discussion of Conti as “grocery getters and tuner cars,” given the lineup in GT4. How many Astons and McLaren 570s do you see daily?

        • DP

          September 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

          So don’t go. That simple. But first, how many McLaren 570s, Aston Martins, Porsche GT4s do you see at your local starbucks?

          • Jenner

            September 14, 2017 at 12:18 am

            I live in the Silicon Valley. Home to Apple, Google, Facebook…..etc. I see these cars everyday during my daily commute.

            As a matter of fact, they have car events here called “Coffee & Cars” where they’ll close the streets in town and the exotics come out in droves and park LeMans style for the community to enjoy. It happens in the morning so bring your coffee.

        • tracer

          September 14, 2017 at 12:31 am

          So you’re saying that GT4 Caymans, Camaros, Mustangs, etc. are grocery getters, and on par with a Prius? Easily the dumbest thing I’ve read on the internet this week. And not only are you wrong about that, but CTSC puts on a great show of “full tilt racing”, especially in-person at the track.

          • Jenner

            September 14, 2017 at 12:57 am

            Just rather see Factory drivers like Hand, Magnussen, Gavin, Auberlen, Fisichella, Briscoe, dicing it in Factory cars like Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Ferrari for 4 hrs than the Conti Series.

            I’ll be there, can you name a Conti driver I should be watching? I just clicked on the above entry list and it’s P, GTLM, and GTD only.

        • RobertB

          September 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

          What are you talking about? IMSA is suddenly going to invent a 4 hour Weathertech race just to please you? This is the dumbest comment I’ve read in awhile. I paid for a standard 2 hour 40 minute Weathertech race at Road America with standard Conti race sprinkled in as gravy. Fans at Laguna are getting a longer Conti race as a bonus. In no way is this “lame scheduling.”

          • Jenner

            September 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

            So let shorten the Watkins Glen Race by 4 hrs and lets race the Conti cars for an additional 4 hrs since you like gravy so much.

          • LagunaSnaka

            September 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

            ALMS used to do 4 or 6 hours races as the main event Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Laguna was packed for these races and they were fan favorites. No reason IMSA couldn’t do the same. This could be what the poster is thinking about. I too would rather have the main event as a longer race vs. a support series.

    • Mike S.

      September 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Race has been longer than WTSC for last 5 years at 4:30. WTSC has split races, non split races, spring shcedule and now fall schedule. Conti has seen car counts suffer but the length has made this round an endurance stop for them. WTSC isn’t the endurance race of the weekend which is hilarious. Been that way for a while now.

      • Slicks in the wet

        September 15, 2017 at 11:12 pm

        Ill be there. And glad to see the grocery getters. This is the best racing. Fast cars suck for close racing–they cant pass for anything/rely on aero too much–a race of stock Prius cars would be extremely entertaining.

  2. Guest

    September 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Really think they should split this race again. Could be up to 40 cars next year.

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      I hate split races. PWC and various GT races are fine with 2 classes.

      ‘Top tier’ endurance racing NEEDS many classes.

  3. Mike S.

    September 13, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    40 is a bit optimistic. Losing 3 PC’s and Stevenson MS in GTD. I can see those 4 losses being replaced by 4 Prototypes by Penske and Joest and CORE but core is just leaving GTD so grid so that is a wash. Maybe 2 others I know there are more comeing to prototypes but GTLM and GTD isn’t going to grow. Is Risi coming back next year??? I see maybe 35 at most next year. That is a healthy number but who is darting into GTD??? I don’t see it.

  4. Johannes275

    September 13, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Oh Risi is returning next year, are you kidding me? They’re back strong.

    • David Chaste

      September 14, 2017 at 4:51 am

      No one can trust them to show up next year.

      Scuderia Corsa seems to be in a much better financial position and have a very solid crew that’s only begging to match wits with the best in GTLM. They also have had back to back podiums at lemans.

  5. True Sportscar fan

    September 14, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Jenner, you must be one of the few on the west coast who can never be pleased when it comes to sportscar racing. Should be grateful for a 4 hr enduro of some really exciting racing. Up until recently the track itself was going to be sold off due to unhappy neighbors complaining about faint engine noise in the distance while they enjoy their cabernet. You must be very privelaged that your able to see Mclarens and Astons on a daily basis, while you place your order for your spiced chai late. Many of us in the northeast would be very greatful for a 4 hr enduro. Its pretty far fetched to say Mustang GT4s and McLaren gt4s are just like your average Starbucks show off in the drive thru. Suck it up and enjoy the racing, its some of the best and you wont be disappointed

    • Jenner

      September 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I can’t have a diff of opinion in what I like/dislike about Sportcar racing? B/c I live on the west coast, I drink chai tea? That like saying everyone in the northeast eats lobster rolls.

      I support a lot of high tech firms for a living, but i like my coffee black, my beer hopi, drive a truck to work, and I carry a lunch pail to work everyday. Don’t judge me b/c I live on the west coast.

      As far as Laguna, you’re missing a lot of the story. First off, dumbshits that move next to Laguna Seca (60 yrs old now) or airports, then complain about the noise are just that, dumbshits. Secondly, Monterey County thought they should get a bigger “kick back” from SCRAMP, the non-profit that manages Laguna. The county thought they could bring in NASCAR (a for profit company) to run the track. Long story short, NASCAR wasn’t going to make money out of the deal and said no thank you, so the County is sticking with SCRAMP. Track was never up for sale.

      When I hear the word Sportscar, I think of Can Am, GTP, P1, P2, GT1, GT2, GTLM, GTE. I think of Donahue, Redman, Brabham, McNish. And now I think of Taylor, Cameron, Derini. I think IMSA should be showcasing the best drivers in the best cars as long as they can on a race weekend. ALMS regularly had 4-6 hr races at Laguna with no issues at all. Magnassen vs Bergmeister was epic GT racing.

      • thomas

        September 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

        ALMS also had lost the Watkins 6 Hour and the Daytona 24 hour from the sports racing schedule due to Grand-Am being owned by the track owner. It’s hardly a fair comparison

        • Jenner

          September 14, 2017 at 7:52 pm

          And Grand Am was banned from racing at Sebring and Road Atlanta. That war is over.

          My point is running a 4 or 6 hr race at Laguna would be great for the fans and teams could have many pit/race strategies. Someone cuts a tire, loses a lap, their race ain’t over. They can come back if they still have 2-3 hrs to go.

          • Slicks in the wet

            September 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm

            Look, Jenner, here is where you are failing to gain support.

            Yes, a 4-6 hours WTSC race WOULD be awesome. It has in the past. The ALMS races into the twilight were the best! It would be nice to have a 3pm-9pm race.

            But, you dont have to disparage the CTSCC to make that point. It will be a fine race.

  6. Raphael

    September 16, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Alright. Time to see who wins on my Birthday!

    • Slicks in the wet

      September 16, 2017 at 4:04 am

      I just need you last four social security numbers, as well as your mothers maiden name, in order to give an accurate prediction.

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