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53 Cars Already Entered for 24H COTA

Fifty three cars on initial entry list for Hankook 24H COTA…

Photo: Boost Racing Images

Photo: Boost Racing Images

While the race may still be more than 250 days away, a large number of teams have already committed to the inaugural Hankook 24 Hours of COTA, with Creventic confirming a provisional entry list of 53 cars.

ENTRY LIST: 24H COTA (Provisional)

The Nov. 10-12 event will mark the first 24-hour race held at the home of the U.S. Grand Prix, although the race will take part in two segments, due to local noise restrictions.

Part 1 is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 11, with the final ten hours running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The event, which serves as a non-points round in the 24H Series, currently features nearly all European entries, except for Pirelli World Challenge stalwarts De La Torre Racing, which has entered its Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

Other notable teams currently on the entry list include Black Falcon (Mercedes-AMG), Grasser Racing Team (Lamborghini) and Zakspeed (Mercedes-AMG), with 15 GT3-spec cars already registered.

Creventic is targeting a mix of U.S.-based and international entrants, with a separate entry fee for American teams that does not include overseas transport.

For European teams, the Dutch organization is offering a full transport package that could include a direct transfer to the 2018 Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai as well.

“The planning is for the cargo to be loaded during the last week of September and for the return transport to be back by the middle of December,” Creventic’s logistics manager Daphne Gengler said.

“For teams also wanting to participate in the Hankook 24H Dubai in January, 2018, we recommend sea freight from COTA to Dubai. Another option is air freight to Dubai if teams prefer to return their car to Europe before heading out to Dubai. All these possibilities can be discussed.”

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

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Seth

    March 2, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Not sure how I feel about it not being 24 hour straight

    • Grabowski

      March 2, 2017 at 8:05 am

      I do – it’s pretty grim. Especially given that 3 people will show up to spectate. :/

      • Jason

        March 2, 2017 at 8:07 am

        Sounds like its spectator friendly you can see more of it. During the day time too.

        Come on PWC and IMSA GTD teams, step it up and enter this race.

    • Duke Jordon

      March 2, 2017 at 9:25 am

      CoTA is not the only place that this series has to deal with noise restrictions. Pretty sure Zandvoort also has this. I was told by CoTA folks that this event will be free to the public. Sounds like a pretty good party to me. Drink and party till 2300 pass out then start up again on Sunday

  2. southcove

    March 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Just imagine if it was at Lime Rock Park, they’d have to run 24hrs event over like 3 straight weekends due to noise and activity restrictions.

    • seth

      March 2, 2017 at 8:52 am

      ha ha ha that would be awesome

  3. P

    March 2, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I noticed the the Chevrolet Corvette C7 GT3 R is finally coming to the US. Their are 3 in the entry list.

    • Dan

      March 2, 2017 at 9:16 am

      One isn’t a C7 it’s a C6R GT1 car from V8 racing with a GT2 powertrain.

      • Alex

        March 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        Dan, its listed as a C7. So it will most likely be their C7R GTE chassis they purchased last year 😉

    • Pierce Sinclair

      March 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Good eye,

      Doubt we will see the cadillac make an appearance.
      Could we see a potential blocking at customs for the C7

      • Jareth Belanger

        March 2, 2017 at 10:41 am

        Um no. If a team brought a C7 GT3R they COULD NOT be blocked at customs just because GM doesn’t want it here? Are you fucking retarded?

        Even so, they have no C7’s.

        What keeps a team from racing here in the U.S. in a corvette is that Callaway 1. Will not sell them to U.S. teams. 2. even if they got a hold of one, Callaway would not offer logistical support in the U.S. meaning that they would be screwed if anything broke. 3. In series like IMSA WTSC, and PWC, the series would most likely not let the team enter a race, in fear of pissing off GM and them A. pulling out of WTSC (meaning no manufacturer fees for the year) and B. Losing 2 full time rides in PWC for to allow a single car entry in a single race (which is all that a team running a callaway could hope to do without logistical support.)

        GM can not block a car from being brought over just because they say “no u.s. sales” to callaway. It’s not a road car, it’s not being sold, its not GM property.

        • jm

          March 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

          lighten up jareth

        • Pierce

          March 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

          Lighten up I should’ve put joking in parenthesis

        • Alex

          March 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm

          A lot to digest in that reply, but I can say that if any cars were to race here (PWC, IMSA) under the current restriction, it would be done without Callaways consent or approval.

          This entry is essentially Callaway Competition as RWT are close partners. I’m sure they would only be entering this event if GM gave them permission beforehand (which it appears they have). I can predict that if Caddy finally leaves GT and focus on their DPI, then we might see a large amount of C7 GT3’s in PWC (in 2018). Fingers tightly crossed.

          Either way I find it VERY amusing (but not surprising) that John completely glossed over the American brands in an American event.

  4. Jason

    March 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I’m glad this article is posted because it should light a fire under the bee-hinds of PWC and GTD teams to get into this race.

  5. NC

    March 2, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I’ll be there!!

  6. Edgar

    March 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Interesting that it is split into 2 parts. Lets say a car gets damaged towards the end of the first part of the race, would the team be able to work on repairs overnight to start again the next day or would the cars be impounded between races?

    • J~

      March 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Going by last year, no. Cars r locked down all night. You could do some minor tire pressure adjustments was about all.

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