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RJN, Nissan Pull California 8H Entries

RJN Nissans a no-go for California 8H at Mazda Raceway…

Photo: Nissan

Motul Team RJN will not compete in next weekend’s California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with plans for the British squad to run in the Intercontinental GT Challenge round not materializing.

A pair of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s with to-be-announced driver lineups appeared on the entry list for next weekend’s race.

However, Nissan tweeted out confirmation on Thursday that it will not take part in the race.

It’s understood damage from the No. 22 car in last weekend’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup season finale at Barcelona contributed to the reason to forgo the event.

Both of the RJN-run Nissans would have had to be air-freighted directly from Spain to California.

It reduces the entry for the first-ever U.S. round of the IGTC to 20 cars, featuring seven different manufacturers between three classes.

Motor Trend onDemand to Stream Race

Motor Trend onDemand has been named the exclusive digital streaming partner of the Oct. 15 race. 

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the first two hours, beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT, prior to a hand-off to the Motor Trend onDemand live stream for Hours 3 to 7, with live TV coverage returning for the final hour.

The full race will be streamed for international viewers at sro-motorsports.com.

Highlights of the race will also be available on Motor Trend OnDemand post-race.

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

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Jack

    October 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Ughhhh

  2. eric

    October 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Nissan always pulls everything. So no suprise here.

    • Binky

      October 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Even by their standards, the reasoning given here is weak. Sounds like there was never a serious plan in place.

      • Dan

        October 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm

        Seriously, They had one damaged car so both entries had to be pulled? That makes no sense. They could have shipped them both here and repaired them here. If the car was that badly damaged, they could have made an arrangement with Always Evolving to borrow their car. Sounds more like funding fell through and they are using damage as their excuse.

  3. Brifred

    October 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Unfortunatel that Nissan & RJN have had to withdraw. Even more unfortunate that the race broadcast is being streamed on Motor Trend .

  4. Hugo

    October 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Twenty cars for an 8 hour race… disappointing, unfortunately.

  5. Guest

    October 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Saddest part about this is no Nismo TV. Fire up the VPNs.

  6. Amlv29

    October 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Yea I think I’ll skip out on going now,20 cars for 8 hours will be like an ameture race.Alms had like 18 cars for a four race once and that race sucked!

    • Jenner

      October 6, 2017 at 1:32 am

      You’re calling Long, Bergmeister, and Dumas amateurs? You needs to say no to drugs.

      Nissans weren’t going to be a factor anyways with their Playstation drivers. I haven’t seen Nissan do anything successful since Geoff Brabham way back in the GTP days.

  7. Edgar

    October 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Very disappointing. The RJN Nissans were the majority of the reason I had interest in this race. Suddenly they disappear from the list and the race seems way less interesting all of a sudden.

  8. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    October 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Nissan can’t do anything properly except Super GT-everything else is half assed b.s.

    • Issac

      October 5, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Even in super gt they don’t do as much as others. They are supposed to have 5 cars per an agreement among the manufacturers and have 4 of which only 2 are ever competitive. This is Nissan sticking up a middle finger to NA. Always Evolving should have been given some funding or a couple of drivers and put in charge of the program. Would be able to enjoy the race more if Nissan were there and Nismo tv broadcasting the race.

  9. Degner

    October 5, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    On top of Nissan’s exit from the race, why do series like PWC make it so hard to follow the racing live or even afterwards?

    Most of us, myself included, aren’t going to pay for Motor Trend On-Demand. And if your cable provider doesn’t offer CBS Sports Network (mine doesn’t), well.. you’re out of luck.

    PWC should be streaming all races live and archiving them for those that can’t watch live. How do you expect to build a fan base if you wall off a potential audience with pay-to-view or limited (usually delayed) broadcast coverage??

    This is a sport that is struggling. Why not get it to the broadest audience possible? Ultimately, that’s more profitable than online or cable coverage that takes a tiny audience and dilutes it even further.

    Are there no professionals who understand marketing left in racing??

    • Justin

      October 6, 2017 at 8:04 am

      What confuses me is PWC used to be exactly as you describe. It wasn’t until the CBS deal that they became horrible in the accessibility column.

      I really do enjoy watching PWC, but it seems like every time they start to grow they shoot themselves in the foot.

    • Eric

      October 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Agreed.

      The series doesn’t even have much interest in the… “unofficial” streaming area either, so while it’s not hard to find ADAC GT and non-geoblocked Blancpain races, I can never find PWC races.

      Shame as I am a big fan of Cadillacs and would have liked to watch them run too, but I’ve basically missed all of the ATS-V.R races due to this these garbage deals.

  10. Erik

    October 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Agreed on all points. #alwaysevolving

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