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34 Entries for Mid-Ohio; Auberlen Confirmed at Turner

Thirty four cars entered for fourth round of WeatherTech Championship season…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

A total of 34 cars are set for next weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, in IMSA’s return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

It includes 14 Prototypes, eight GT Le Mans cars and 12 GT Daytona entries, the latter which features multiple new driver lineups.


Bill Auberlen is set for his GTD debut at the wheel of Turner Motorsport’s BMW M6 GT3 alongside Dillon Machavern.

As reported by Sportscar365 last week, the veteran BMW driver tested with the Will Turner-led team with an eye towards completing the remaining sprint rounds with the team.

It will mark Auberlen’s first WeatherTech Championship start with the team, although he boasts previous Grand-Am experience with the longtime BMW entrant.

Other changes to the GTD entry list includes Mercedes-AMG factory driver Thomas Jaeger paired up with Kenny Habul in the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, as well as the addition of the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R for Wolf Henzler and Michael Schein.

Also, as previously announced, Meyer Shank Racing’s second Acura NSX GT3 will race with Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente.

Notable absences from the class include Montaplast by Land Motorsport, which had originally committed to a season-long effort with its Audi R8 LMS, the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche and HART’s Acura, which was unable to put funding together for a one-off outing in its home race.

Spirit of Daytona Still Absent

While already on-track with its freshly rebuilt Cadillac DPi-V.R, Spirit of Daytona Racing is expected to skip the Mid-Ohio round, with the team currently not on the entry list.

Tristan Vautier and Matt McMurry are taking part in a two-day test at Watkins Glen this week with the car, which is expected to return to action by the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

The Prototype entry therefore remains identical to Long Beach, along with no changes to GTLM, either.

Track action gets underway Friday May 4, with the two-hour and 40-minute race scheduled for Sun. May 6.

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    April 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    What happened with the Land/Peter Baron team? Sour grapes over the way they were treated at Daytona?

    • Dan

      April 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Probably more to do with money, Land was only doing the full season in the first place because Audi wanted them to and was subsidizing their program, my guess is the money hasn’t appeared for whatever reason, so no car.

    • Travis McBee

      April 25, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      They’re running a slightly reduced schedule due to clashes with the ADAC GT Masters.

      • John Dagys

        April 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        Yet there is no GT Masters race next weekend…

        • Travis McBee

          April 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm

          Good point… lol

        • Mike Dincolo

          April 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm

          Okay Johnny, just carry on with your articles and journaling buddy.

          • Andy Flinn

            April 25, 2018 at 8:43 pm

            Mike, carry on with your trolling.

          • Mike Dincolo

            April 25, 2018 at 8:57 pm

            Andy, Carry on with unnecessarily commenting on others posts along with your life you clearly do not have.

          • Louis

            April 26, 2018 at 9:02 am

            Ok got my popcorn this time

    • Rory

      April 26, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Blancpain GT Sprint at Brands Hatch that weekend you’ve got Chris Mies and Kelvin Van Der Linde racing their for their respective Audi teams so you would assume in the case of any clashes with IMSA the Blancpain contracts would take priority throw in DTM starting too that’s a few more Audi contracted drivers unavailable, you’ve got track action for the Nurburgring 24 hours starting a few days later would you rather have drivers coming off a transatlantic flight or a short hop one from London? this is just my two cents if i’m Audi I have them fresh coming from the UK

  2. David Chaste

    April 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    They were only going for the championship. Daytona really put a wet blanket over that. And they really did not do anything wrong there.

    • Dan

      April 25, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Two questions.
      1. So then why did they do Sebring?
      2. If they had one bad albeit big race at daytona, why pull the plug on the whole championship? Its not like not winning daytona guarantees you won’t win the championship. Several teams that won daytona in the past didnt win the championship.

  3. Slicks in the wet

    April 26, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Am I wrong to get the impression that counts are gonna continue to dwindle throughout the year?

    I hope they have 30+ cars at Laguna Seca when I go, but, I’m getting scared no one will bother with the West Coast swing. Doesn’t help that in-race parity is bad for half the field who have no chance to challenge for wins.

    • jason

      April 26, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Good point. I sense a couple teams in prototype and GTD might not find much of a point going to Laguna Seca. You should get Risi back for GTLM. So they might have the solid 9 car grid there. That is what matters most.

      • Johannes275

        May 2, 2018 at 11:18 pm

        Risi are pretty much dead, dude. They couldn’t come back even if they wanted to.

  4. jason

    April 26, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I get the sense that Johnny D has an article about the Land team in the works as I speak 🙂

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