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Penske Acura DPi Program Confirmed

Penske Acura DPis confirmed for WeatherTech Championship…

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One of the biggest open secrets in the sports car racing paddock has finally been made official, with Honda Performance Development confirming Tuesday that Team Penske will run a pair of brand-new Acura DPis in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning next year.

The luxury automaker, which entered GT Daytona class competition this year with the Acura NSX GT3, will expand its program to include a factory effort in the Prototype class, joining Cadillac, Mazda and Nissan with DPi efforts.

The ARX-05 DPi will debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January and is the first DPi based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans-LMP2 class-winning Oreca 07 chassis.

It will feature the production-based Acura AR35TT engine, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 powerplant.

“We are excited to join forces with the Honda Performance Development family and represent the Acura brand with two prototypes starting in 2018,” said Team Penske founder Roger Penske.

“Sports car racing has been an integral part of Team Penske’s heritage, from our first race at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966 to running the American Le Mans Series in the late 2000s.

“Reviving a Team Penske sports car program has always been a goal for us, but to do so required strong and successful partners like Honda and Acura.

“It’s great to extend our relationship from the dealership to the race track and we are excited to come back to IMSA and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”

It will mark Acura’s return to prototype racing for the first time since 2009 when it won the American Le Mans Series LMP1 championship with its Acura ARX-02a, following a three-year LMP2 campaign.

Penske, which won three consecutive ALMS LMP2 titles with its factory Porsche RS Spyders, battled Acura in the class from 2007-08, prior to a move to Grand-Am in 2009 with a Porsche-powered Riley DP, which was its most recent sports car racing effort.

“Roger Penske is already an important part of the Acura family as one of our great Acura dealers, and now it is a thrill to have him as part of the Acura Motorsports family as well,” added Jon Ikeda, Acura senior vice president and general manager.

“We look forward to building on the success of the race-winning NSX GT3 program, and couldn’t be more thrilled to return to the prototype category of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a partner like Team Penske.”

Drivers have not yet been announced for the Penske Acura program but are widely believed to include Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves, who is rumored to be moving away from full-time IndyCar competition for the new DPi effort.

While the DPi program will make its race debut in 2018, Penske is evaluating a Petit Le Mans entry in October with an Oreca 07 Gibson, as reported by Sportscar365 last week.

The ARX-05 will be revealed in August at Monterey Car Week, while testing will get underway soon.

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

95 Comments

95 Comments

  1. Nevil Clavain

    July 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I said that the HPD DPi program would not happen. It would appear that I was wrong.

    • Ron Thompson

      July 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Your forgiven. Next time go with,”it was taken out of context

    • Jack

      July 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      You weren’t wrong, it’s an Acura ARX program 😉

    • fourloko

      July 11, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      just what we need in proto more engines blowing up #honda

      • Guest

        July 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        Honda’s sports car engines are rock solid.

    • Jeff Wagner

      July 11, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Be happy to be wrong!

    • Turkey Jerky

      July 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      It’s not in a race yet…

  2. Ryan Oliver

    July 11, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Lol to everyone saying it would not happen.

  3. StueyB83

    July 11, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Proven powerplant… doing the rest makes sense. Interesting days ahead.

  4. Jason

    July 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I guess some of the styling on the Acura NSX can be adopted to a prototype? Also its ironic that Penske and Acura are together now. I remember them as big time rivals in the ALMS.

    • billy

      July 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

      if you can’t beat em join em

    • billy

      July 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

      wish highcroft and muscle milk were back to run hpd

      • Mike

        July 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

        Or better yet De Ferran

        • Jeff Wagner

          July 11, 2017 at 6:46 pm

          Why not those three teams in customer Acuras ALONG with PENSKE? We can dream.

      • Jon

        July 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

        I just want to see Mid Ohio back on the calendar.

        • John

          July 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

          I hear ya buddy, there’s some fierce racin’ going on at Mid Ohio…they need to come BACK

          • Steven

            July 11, 2017 at 8:10 pm

            IMSA needs to dump Detroit for Mid-Ohio. But you know, GM money….

          • Jeff Wagner

            July 11, 2017 at 10:22 pm

            Dumping Detroit would be one easy way like the guy below me said!!!

  5. Jason

    July 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Car numbers 6 and 7 are available in the IMSA series I think. I wonder if there will be a sponsor. Would be neat if it was DHL.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 11, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Sunoco in “Penske blue” #6 with red and yellow stripes would be perfect.

      • Tom A.

        July 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        I’m guessing some dark blue with big Acura branding, lighter blue with PPG, and splashes of yellow for Shell/Pennzoil. And white for everything else.

      • Jeff Wagner

        July 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        Andy Flinn: You did know it’s going to be an Oreca 07 P2 chassis, not the Riley DP chassis Penske ran in G/A, teams can’t run those in ’17. Regardless after racing the Riley DP Roger had a snow plow put on the front of that beast since the Chassis was built of all metal and built like a Sherman Tank! They use it at the Moorsville, N.C. shop to plow the property, and tow things around, and Penske says it has more value to the team post racing than when raced, they have more fun with it, they accomplish more, and it looks better with the big red plow on the front and the big blue snow removal light on the famously named DP “Greenhouse Roof”! Roger went on to say it’s EVEN more valuable post racing than the F-1 chassis that crashed at Watkins Glen he then bought and put a red sportscar body on it with a child seat mounted inside to meet USRRC rules, and called it “The Zerex Special”! He did go WAY out of his way to clarify however unlike the Riley DP having value as team equipment, the Zerex Special actually had a post racing collector demand and $$$ value! He made that VERY CLEAR! Try to laugh Andy, We’re unified together and ’18 will be even better than ’17! Jeff

        • Andy Flinn

          July 12, 2017 at 12:07 am

          Jeff, I know Penske Racing led the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona with their Verizon-sponsored, Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype.

          I laugh regularly when I read some of the posts on this message board.

          I’m ready to move forward unified if you are.

          Andy

    • Bob

      July 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Wouldn’t be DHL…..not enough market presence in the USA I’m betting.

  6. HornHigh11

    July 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Onward and upward for The Captain and his crew!

  7. WesGTR

    July 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Penske with an Oreca based car and a proven powerplant. Cadillac better keep working, because 2018 will be very interesting. I have nothing against ESM or Mazda, it’s just they seem to be a bit behind.

    Now, Scott Atherton, where’s that other manufacturer you were teasing about not so long ago?

    • Andres

      July 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Maybe it will be Ford, but hopefully it is not Ganassi

      • Andy Flinn

        July 12, 2017 at 12:11 am

        Why not CGR, Andres? Is it because they have too many championships and achieved too much success?

  8. wiley

    July 11, 2017 at 11:04 am

    IMSA please please please impliment slow zones so we don’t have so many shitty safety cars breaking up the race.

    oh and also go back to the alms/wec no work while fueling pit stop rules

    • jason

      July 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      At least for the endurance races that should be done. Cars at the Daytona 24 can come back from being 7 laps down to their class leader from safety car wave arounds alone.

      • Andy Flinn

        July 12, 2017 at 12:18 am

        Jason, that’s a good thing. It gives teams something to fight for over 24 hours. What is lame is when a team makes a mistake in hour one and then has to spend the next 23 hours tooling around the track as a non-factor because they have no hope of making that ground up.

    • Jeff Wagner

      July 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      WILEY SAID: ” go back to the alms/wec no work while fueling pit stop rules” You are 100% RIGHT for safety ALONE!!! ALSO, WHY has the ALMS travelling Safety Team NOT been hired back???

  9. Kyle

    July 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

    How about a JPM/Castroneves and Negri/Eversley lineup, eh?

    • jason

      July 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      I hope Katherine Legge gets a look for a full time ride.

      • Kyle

        July 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        Me too. But I also wonder if her and Lally will try to stay paired together next year after some good runs this year.

      • Jeff Wagner

        July 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

        WHY because She was obviously slower than Andy Merek in the S%$@wing? There are other female drivers much better.

    • Matt

      July 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Everey would be awesome to see, however there’re way better drivers out there than Negri.

  10. Luc

    July 11, 2017 at 11:24 am

    That’s great news for the series!

  11. stuart

    July 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    So what is to happen to Micheal Shank? You can’t have a factory GTD team for more than the development year? I hope he gets a car too for a total of 3 Honda cars

    • someone

      July 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      He’s a pro/am team, he’s staying in GTD with the NSX.

      • Jack

        July 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

        Why, he will lose all the Acura funding? It makes no sense unless someone comes in to fork over money to run them.

      • stuart

        July 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

        You can still have a pro/am with a prototype which is what he ran for years with some help from Honda. Then Honda gave him a full factory deal for the GTD so now you think Honda is going to say see ya?? I guess if they give him the cars he is running this year it won’t be too bad for him but I only think he was in GT racing because it was a factory effort

    • Daniel Tripp

      July 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      A GTLM/GTE program for Shank & Co maybe?

      • Tarek R.

        July 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        A GTLM effort would require a factory backing, and tbh I don’t see Acura/HPD involved in all of the IMSA three classes.

      • Mike S.

        July 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

        Hate saying this but GTLM isn’t going to grow anymore. It has shrunk out the privateers already. Won’t go through the list but the last 10 years its long. Too expensive. Risi might be next.

        • guest

          July 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

          Agreed. As soon as Lambo is rumored to enter, Ford is set to exit.

  12. David Chaste

    July 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    His email and voicemail boxes are full with driver inquiries.

    During the indycar iowa race, paul tracy and townsend bell were asking Robin miller to ask Roger Penske if they could partner Helio and Montoya. Paul tracy said he should partner montoya since they’re the same size. it was fun to watch.

  13. Anonymous

    July 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I did wonder if Honda would rebrand themselves as Acura again, good to see the Acura name back

    So it’s a Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi (will it be yellow and sponsored by DHL?)

    Just wish it was De-Ferran Racing, the livery their 2009 ARX-02A LMP1 ran has got to be one of the best liveries ever to grace Motorsport. (Maybe that’s overstating it but I still think it’s the coolest).

  14. LarryHorse

    July 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    when does the BOP whingeing start? Daytona testing? Tommorrow?

    • Jenner

      July 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Today.

      I heard NASCAR is talking to Roger and Acura about how much they’re going to be allowed to spend on this program.

      $20 mil? $30 mil? $50mil?

      Roger doesn’t mess around.

      • Jenner

        July 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm

        Correction: $20?, $30?, $50 million a year?

    • Andy Flinn

      July 12, 2017 at 12:25 am

      Penske Racing won’t be winning consecutive IMSA WeatherTech championships like in ALMS LMP2 before the bottom fell out.

  15. Kirk

    July 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    What’s most important is something not in the above story which is HPD will provide customer cars. Unlike the other DPi manufacturers the addition of the Acura will allow privateers not associated with a particular manufacturer to buy a car and go racing. That being the case, in the long term this announcement may allow for the addition of far more than two cars. The Acura DPi may end up being today’s Porsche 962.

    • TF110

      July 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Caddies are for sale. It was quoted in an article on this very site.

      • Kirk

        July 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

        I read somewhere (maybe it was the article here about Visit Florida) that teams couldn’t purchase a DPi anywhere. If they could I’d think we’d already be hearing stories of privateer Caddies joining the grid.

        • Andres

          July 11, 2017 at 7:29 pm

          Kirk, thee teams that don´t run Cadillacs, and instead, run spec LMP2 cars are amateur teams, they don’t want to race a car that is meant to be raced by pro drivers

          • Rocket J. Squirrel

            July 11, 2017 at 8:34 pm

            Funny how one of those “amateur” teams has damn-near won the last two races, innit?

          • Andres

            July 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm

            Rocket J. Squirrel, via severely detuning the best car, that is how it happened, maybe you should read all the BOP has been done to screw the Cadillacs and still is winning, that determines pro teams and drivers from amateurs, that commit childish mistakes, that is the point, and we all will see that next year a lot more with the Penske team

    • MattZ

      July 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      If you’ve got the money, you can buy a Cadillac kit. I know that Nissan has an exclusivity deal with ESM, but I’m not sure about Mazda.

      Personally, I’d take the big V-8 over the Oreca chassis every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

      • Steven

        July 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        The Gibson engine is a V8 though and has 600bhp. It just a smaller displacement compared to the Cadillac engine.

        • Andres

          July 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm

          Gibson engine is a cheap engine made for a cheap category, that surely is more expensive in IMSA than in FIA WEC, so that 600HP are nothing worth, they run much less than that for durability issues, thats why the DPI’s were severely detuned, specially taking away more than 100HP from Cadillac, and a little less from Nissan, Mattz and you cannot put a GM V8 in an Oreca chassis, you must take the entire car, if that is your point

          • Steven

            July 11, 2017 at 8:29 pm

            Did you not watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans???? They were 10 seconds a lap faster than the 2016 LMP2 lap times.

            What durability issue are you talking about? The teething problem at Daytona that was fixed?

          • Andres

            July 11, 2017 at 10:05 pm

            You call teething problem when the engines literally exploded? Plus, 10 seconds a lap faster than last year, but look at that, 20Kg lighter than last year, supposedly more than 100Hp more than last year, better aero, and they had beaten by an almost insignificant difference the previous LMP2 record that was achieved with less power, worst tires and aero, so is not that big deal if you compare with the RS Spyder, and was said that even in WEC they run detuned

          • FlyingLobster27

            July 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

            How many Gibson engine explosions at Le Mans, a circuit which is much more flat-out than the Daytona infield?
            And how is a 10 km/h increase in AVERAGE speed in qualy at Le Mans, moreover averaged across the ENTIRE class (not just pole), insignificant? How much faster would have been significant to you?

            I agree with Steven, some people on here aren’t watching much outside the US.

      • Mike S.

        July 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm

        Well yes if you intend to stay only in North America. ACO isn’t going to let DPi in to LeMans. JDC and PR1 goals are to get to LeMans. I think that is a bigger and greater goal than just racing in IMSA with a formula that isn’t allowed anywhere else. They want to go to LeMans so of course they need to stick to at least P2 equipment. I am almost now turning that a split P2/DPi formula is a better way to go again. Let the big dogs have bragging rights in North America with DPi and let P2’s have their own Pro/AM class for international competition capabilities.

        • Andy Flinn

          July 12, 2017 at 12:39 am

          Mike S., the DPis aren’t allowed at Le Mans because they’ve been intentionally banned by the ACO and the FIA in a misguided attempt to save their struggling LMP1 class.

          By the way, where are the LMP1s allowed to race outside the WEC?

          The WEC actually needs to split their LMP2 clas, which is currently dominated by Oreca. One class for Oreca and another class for everyone else (Ligier and absent Dallara and Riley).

          • FlyingLobster27

            July 12, 2017 at 6:28 am

            You seem to have missed my reply to your P2 split claim.
            Short version: there are only Orecas in WEC P2 this year, and in the ELMS, Ligier and Oreca have one win each so far.

    • Matt

      July 11, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      HPD won’t provide customer cars… it’s already been reported. They might in the future but right now the cars are exclusive to Penske.

  16. David Chaste

    July 11, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Racing at lemans is only bigger than imsa if you win. Other than that imsa is as good a championship as the wec. But just being a solid podium contending team in imsa will give you plenty of sponsors and customers’ dollars. The simple fact is that the u.s market itself is as big as all of western europe.

  17. FlyingLobster27

    July 11, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Did I miss an engine switch in IndyCar being announced? It seems weird that Penske would be Honda’s team in IMSA and GM’s front-runner in IndyCar. Not to mention a Ford team in NASCAR… while Ganassi runs Fords in IMSA, Chevys in NASCAR and Hondas in IndyCar. So… no problem? *raises quizzical eyebrow*

    • Nick1

      July 11, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      It’s Penske. He does what he wants.

      • FlyingLobster27

        July 12, 2017 at 6:16 am

        Yeah, I guess. I remembered Ganassi while putting my post together, so I kind of answered my own question.

    • thomas

      July 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Given Penske Corporation owns or has a share in dealerships for Lexus, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, Alfa-Romeo, Alpina, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Lincoln, Maserati, McLaren, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo I think Roger Penske can run pretty much any brand!

  18. Jason

    July 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I bet the driver applications are flooded right now. Ford gt has 40 legit pro drivers trying to get a ride. I bet this one is up there too.

  19. JamieR

    July 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Nice! I hope MSR stays in GTD, even with just 1 car.

    The Penske car should be the team to beat with that combination though.

  20. 624endurance

    July 11, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Great news! I know the ACO and WEC want people to be interested in LMP2 spec cars, but for the average race fan, rooting for a chassis developer and engine developer labeled car is boring. While the Prototypes of Cadillac, Nissan, Mazda and now Acura are a far cry from a production car, there is more interest in rooting for one of them because you might actually drive an Acura or Nissan and so on. I think that’s one reason why NASCAR (which I am not a fan of) has had so much success in the US.

    No one can even drive a car with a Gibson engine or a Ligier chassis and the technology and performance developed by those cars will never be related to my car. For me that’s boring. I think IMSA is showing the ACO how it is done. Unfortunately, the ACO still seems to think it needs to be shown nothing and not let the DPis compete at Le Mans. Too bad, because people in Europe drive Hondas (Acura), Nissans, and Mazdas, maybe even some Cadillacs too. Perhaps you could even get Peugeot to join in in this way instead of through a P1 car. Well, “pride comes before destruction.” Or as misquoted so often, “before a fall.”

    • David Chaste

      July 11, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Gibson was Zytek. Zytek has developped many engines, ecu’s, power train systems, and chassis for auto makers, and even for military applications. It’s a possibility they did the first prototype engine or chassis of a car you have driven in the past. Especially early hybrid road car technologies. That side of the business has been sold to Continental tires, hence the name change to gibson (founder’s name), but you get the gist of it.

      • 624endurance

        July 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        I know those companies have rich racing heritages. I meant no disrespect at all to them, but I still can’t own a Gibson engined car or a Zytek or an Oreca, Dallara, Ligier, Riley Multimatic and so on. I can however own a Nissan or a Cadillac. That’s the point I was trying to make. I think most race fans feel like that. I could be wrong and that’s fine.

        • Steven

          July 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

          LMP2 is a privateer class that has no major manufacturing money because the costs would skyrocket.

          Its a cost-capped class. LMP1 is where the big boys are suppose to play but the DPi is just a half-assed version of it. I have no problem with DPi’s but they should be their own class to stop the complaining.

          Plus when it comes to shopping cars, I would feel the GT classes (GTE, GT3, GT4) is where you would look to car shopping. Heck, the majority of the ALMS/(now IMSA) fans at the tracks fly the banners for the GT teams.

          • Andy Flinn

            July 12, 2017 at 1:01 am

            Steven, so the only two manufacturers not sponsoring “half-assed” prototype programs are Toyota and Porsche (at least through 2017)? GM/Cadillac, Mazda, Nissan and now Honda/Acura are all “half-assed”?

            That seems a bit arrogant don’t you think?

            Most factories don’t want to build bespoke LMP1s made from unobtainium. The ROI doesn’t justify the cost.

          • Steven

            July 12, 2017 at 5:55 am

            It’s arrogant but still correct. It’s IMSA’s way of “Nascar”ing the protoype field. Taking one of the 4 P2 chassis, slighty modifying the bodywork and putting a larger engine over the baseline is a half-assed approach. The ACO sees it differently and that’s why they are currently banned. Because the regulations say if you want factory support, it must be a hybrid. I have still no problem with DPi’s as having manufacturers is always good, I just dislike the fanboys thinking its the greatest thing since sliced bread and are too arrogant to understand cost-capped vs. Manufactur support. If you think they are so much better, why didn’t IMSA just separate the classes from the get go?

        • Larry

          July 11, 2017 at 9:07 pm

          And 624, you can’t get a Fusion or Camry with a pushrod V8 and RWD nor any of them in a two door version.

          The Gibson engine and P2 chassis are as relevant to a road car as anything at a NASCAR circus. Not a Ford, Chevy, or Toyota out there and if people are dumb enough to think those things have anything in common with what they drive, shame on them.

          I DO like the idea of being able to run any engine they want in the 4 P2 cars, but to try to make them ID as a street car is as ludicrous as the NASCAR dog and pony show.

          Besides, the only one that actually even comes close to looking like that companys street cars is the Mazda. I would not look at the Nissan or the Caddie and see their street cars. Not saying that because I favor the Mazda. Anyone who can look at them OBJECTIVELY would say the same.

          There is actually very little difference in the appearance of a Dallara and a Caddie and I ain’t sure where they got the styling for the Nissan.

          • 624endurance

            July 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

            Again, I know no one can own the cars that are ran in NASCAR, Prtottype classes or F1 and so on. I understand that LMP2 is a privateer class. I just like to root for the same manufacturer that I drive. I drive a Honda and I like to root for Honda in racing. I can’t do that for any LMP2 spec cars. That’s all I am saying. I know what the classes are. I know the vast difference between a race car and any production car. I just feel that people like to be brand loyal in racing. Car people are into why they bought what they bought. That, to me translates into racing. Remember “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” used to be a thing. Porsche’s reason for being in racing has always been because it leads to development in their cars and prestige of their brand to buyer. And I bet Porsche owners are fans of Porsche racing in it’s varied forms.

            Where is the Oreca owners club? The Corvette GTLM is way different than what you could get at a Chevy dealership. But guess what? At races, the local Corvette owners club show up in force to cheer for Corvette racing. I believe that translates into Prototypes. Mazda owners are proud of the Mazda DPi and so are Cadillac owners. And on and on.

          • Andy Flinn

            July 12, 2017 at 1:08 am

            Larry, nobody is claiming the DPis are street cars anymore than somebodythat might claim that the Toyota, Porsche or Audi LMP1s are street cars.

            That’s why they’re called (Daytona) “prototype” (internationals).

        • Andy Flinn

          July 12, 2017 at 12:49 am

          624, I understand your point completely. And I agree.

          However, there is ONE LMP2 car you could buy.

          It’s called an Alpine.

          Of course the LMP2 race car is just a rebranded Oreca/Gibson.

  21. David Chaste

    July 11, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I wonder if Ryan Briscoe might try to deffect. He was very close to Roger Penske until he couldnt win him and indycar title and kept will power from winning one.

    If helio is allowed a say on his teammate he might want Briscoe. Teammates in indycar beginning in 2008 and they also drove the 3rd penske RS spyder #5 at petit and laguna in 2008.

  22. CD

    July 11, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Well done Scott! Well done. Now who is the second team you teased with.

  23. Jeff Wagner

    July 11, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Has anybody noticed post merger as soon as the 2017 rules FINALLY came in… IMSA went right in the same direction of the ALMS, and magically Penske and top manufacturers start to come back? Anybody notice the series is being raised to a higher level? It is only the beginning, and its only going to get even better and more exciting, AND ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Andy Flinn

      July 12, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Jeff, you forgot about the years prior to the merger when Penske and the Acura teams left ALMS LMP2.

      I thought we were unified?

      What happened?

      • Jeff Wagner

        July 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

        Bad things like Acura and Penske leaving led to the necessary merger happening. The best possible result happened for Sportscar Racing and EVERYBODY involved, including the fans!

  24. Rick

    July 12, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Pagenaud will be a driver for one of the Penske HPD DPi cars.

    Kudos to IMSA for revitalizing American sports car racing with three high quality classes and growing interest from manufacturers, sponsors, teams, drivers, media and fans.

    The DPi class, which permits choice of engines/chassis/bodyworks is far more interesting than the ACO LMP2 class with its spec engine and only one competitive chassis.

    The ACO will permit some version of the DPi for Lemans to either augment or replace the budget-killing LMP1 class.

  25. Here to beat the P

    July 12, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I can see it now;

    Acura Dpi #7 legge/austin cindric
    Acura Dpi #8 somebody/somebody

    • thomas

      July 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Yeah nah. Penske/Acura want to win. I love Katherine Legge but there is no way she’s going to be in that car. Similarly for Cindric, the kids got some talent but there’s no way he’s going to be a factory prototype driver straight up-particularly not after a year in Nascar Truck. If he is serious about a career in prototypes he’ll find a way to drive an LMP3 car first and learn about serious downforce.

      I think it’s much more likely that the two lead drivers with be Montoya and Castro-Neves. The other two full time drivers will be either hotshoes from sports prototype racing or recently competitive Indycar drivers without a budget. Depending on the scheduling there might possibly be one or two of the Penske Indycar drivers doubling up. The third driver for the NAEC in each car will be Penske Indycar drivers.

      • David Chaste

        July 12, 2017 at 5:15 pm

        Couldn’t agree more thomas

        • Jeff Wagner

          July 12, 2017 at 8:55 pm

          There is some false belief that Katherine Legge is some kind of legendary well above driver. She is barely AVERAGE no more! She was obviously slower than Andy Merek in the S#!!wing so how has she earned a ride in the Factory Audi Team Penske car? Is it just because She isn’t a B!!^h like “D” men have a soft spot for her? I want the best driver in the cars male or FEMALE!

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