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IMSA News & Notes, 2.3

Catch up on the latest IMSA news and notes from this week…

Photo: Riley Technologies

Photo: Riley Technologies

***ORECA Group President Hugues de Chaunac has revealed a proposal for an upgrade kit to the Oreca FLM09 Prototype Challenge car. IMSA has yet to determine the future of the class past 2016, with the adoption of LMP3 or utilizing the same prototype-spec of cars in P and PC reportedly also options being evaluated.

***Doran Racing’s Nissan 370Zs played a prominent role in Nissan’s 90-second Super Bowl commercial last weekend. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class contenders were driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias. Jaeger also made a cameo appearance on the podium scene alongside Nissan GT Academy driver Jann Mardenborough and the leading actor.

***Nissan’s Super Bowl commercial, featuring the new Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car, can be found here.

***TI Automotive, which came on board as the primary sponsor of the two Riley Motorsports-run Dodge Viper GT3Rs for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds, was acquired by Bain Capital last week. No changes are expected for its race program. The No. 93 Viper scored GT Daytona class victory in the Rolex 24 last month.

***The win for the Viper, coupled with Chip Ganassi Racing’s overall victory in the race, were the 29th and 30th Rolex 24 wins for Riley Technologies, either as a designer, constructor or involved in team management.

***While there’s no official testing scheduled, Sebring will still be a hotbed of activity for IMSA teams, with Team Falken Tire, Riley Motorsports and Risi Competizione having already scheduled tests at the 3.7-mile airfield circuit prior to the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

***Sebring is currently running a Valentine’s Day promotion, where you can receive a free general car parking pass with the purchase of two four-day Supertickets to the race. The limited time offer is only available through Friday, so act fast! Click Here for more details.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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