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2016 IMSA Silly Season Update: Prototype Challenge

A look at the confirmed and possible PC entries in 2016…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Silly season is in full swing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with a number of off-season changes expected prior to the 2016 season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

Sportscar365 looks at the confirmed and possible entries for the Prototype Challenge class, which is set to be injected with new car upgrades and extended through the 2017 season.

Confirmed Full-Season (5-7 cars): 

CORE autosport – Jon Bennett and Colin Braun are set to defend their drivers and team titles in the No. 54 Oreca FLM09, in an expected identical program for the Rock Hill, S.C.-based operation. (1 car)

Starworks Motorsport – The Florida-based team is set to return for a championship bid with up to two cars. Renger van der Zande has been re-signed for 2016, with team boss Peter Baron talking to a number of prospective customers. (1-2 cars)

Performance Tech – Following a breakout season in terms of performance, the Brent O’Neill-led squad will return with its PC entry, with the intention of retaining James French, who proved to be one the surprise standouts in the 2015 season. (1 car)

BAR1 Motorsports – The Brian Alder-led team has confirmed at least one full-season entry next year, with a second car at selected events, that could develop into a season-long deal. Driver lineups have yet to be announced. (1-2 cars)

JDC/Miller Motorsports – The John Church-led squad will return for third full-season campaign, with Mikhail Goikhberg confirmed in the team’s single entry for the entire championship and Chris Miller set for the NAEC races. A full-time second driver is expected to be finalized shortly. (1 car)

Possible Entries:

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – With the team in the advanced stages of finalizing a potential move to the Prototype class, the Bobby Oergel-led team may not return to defend its PC class victories at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans next year.

RSR Racing – The Paul Gentilozzi-led team has put its two cars and full spares package up for sale, with the PC stalwarts understood to be working on a move to a new program in a different class. Chris Cumming, meanwhile, is set to shift his focus to the FIA WEC next year.

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

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. ML

    October 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I’m bummer it doesn’t look like Colin Braun will get a shot in the Ford GT. Anyone else feel like his talents are being wasted with him forever in PC?

    • D.O.G.

      October 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Rumor is that CORE is going to move up to DPi in 2017…

      • ML

        October 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        That’s the first I (and probably anyone else) has heard of that rumor.

        • stuart

          October 25, 2015 at 8:37 am

          Especially if DP aren’t going to be around in 2017 but who knows if that will change.

          • ML

            October 25, 2015 at 9:08 am

            He sais DPi, not DP…

    • Babe

      October 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Talent wasted, perhaps. But I bet his wallet ain’t complaining.

  2. Brendan

    October 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    That would be awesome!

  3. jason

    October 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    It is good to see any lmpc teams move to the other three and better classes

  4. Kyle

    October 24, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    RSR Racing…Lexus GTD?

    • guest

      October 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Yep. It’s been reported they will run Daytona even though the Lexus isn’t homologated.

      • Babe

        October 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm

        Well they sure do pick winners. First Jag (slow and busted) and now Lexus (slow, yet to be busted).

  5. vanillachinchilla

    October 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    i honestly feel like most of these teams could compete in the other classes. at least gtd. by 2017 i really think the car countd in all
    3 other classes will be enough to not need pc

    • Andy Flinn

      October 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Vanilla, from what I’ve read and heard, PC is the cheapest (cheapest?) of all four classes.

      However, I’m sure if you cut them a large enough sponsorship check, they’d at least consider running in another class.

      • Kirk

        October 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        I’ve always thought of PC as a “stepping stone” class in that it’s a way to learn how to go prototype racing. Once a team gets it’s feet wet after a year or two it should move up. it shouldn’t be a final destination.

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