IMSA Makes Changes to Team Championship Points System

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Despite the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona already have been in the books, changes have been made to the points structure of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

IMSA released  a competition bulletin last week outlining clarifications to team championship points, which now sees each competitor scored individually by car number instead of per team.

Previously, the top-placing car from each team would score team points, a system which had been in place in the American Le Mans Series. GRAND-AM, however, ranked each car separately.

The points structure for drivers, as announced prior to the start of the season, remains unchanged.

However, clarifications have also been made in the eligibility of starting points, which is awarded to each nominated driver, no matter if they finish the race or complete the minimum drive time requirements. Drivers are awarded a single point as a result.

IMSA, meanwhile, has issued the official results and points standings from Daytona, which reflects the modifications made to the rulebook.

Points Standings (after Daytona)

9 Comments

  1. jack

    February 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

    imsa, please, if it aint broke, dont fix it!

  2. Nigel Dobbie

    February 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Curious as to why Matteo Malucelli only scored 1 point in the Ferrari despite him being in the car when it was rear ended by the #99 car? Surely he should have scored the same number of points as Bruni?

  3. Andy Crane

    February 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I was thinking the same thing Nigel. I don’t remember if he completed a full lap or if his car died just after exiting the pits

    • Nuno Rosario

      February 11, 2014 at 10:27 am

      As far as i recall the car failed just as soon as he got off the pits so i guess they are right,yet again this is kinda confusing to me yet

      • John Dagys

        February 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

        Matteo must have not completed the minimum drive time for the race. Bruni did a double stint before Matto, I believe.. So he would have fulfilled the requirement (which I think was 45 mins at the Rolex 24 for GTLM)

  4. Josh

    February 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Why does Aston Martin not have any points in the manufacturers standings? I understand Aston Martin Racing is not a full-time competitor, but TRG-AMR are full-time in the GT Daytona; are they not?

    • Bakkster

      February 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      OEMs need to commit to a level of promotional spending for the series in order to score manufacturer points.

      • John Dagys

        February 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        Correct. Aston Martin has not made that financial commitment to the series, so they are not included in the manufacturers championship.

  5. Tony M

    February 15, 2014 at 12:19 am

    More proof that elkins aint ready for the big times. The guy is still running things like a sports car club as opposed to a real big league organization. You don’t change your point structure after your biggest race that’s an amateur hour move.

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