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35 Entries for Laguna Seca

Thirty-five car entry list released for next weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

A total of 35 cars are on the provisional entry list for next weekend’s Continental Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, in the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

While the Prototype class remains at 13 entries, with the continued absence of Performance Tech Motorsports’ Oreca 07 Gibson and the Spirit of Daytona Cadillac DPi-V.R, and GT Le Mans unchanged at 8 cars, the GT Daytona class swells to 14 cars.

Squadra Corse Garage Italia returns for its third of a three-race program with Francesco Piovanetti and Ozz Negri, while the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R is also back, for Patrick Lindsey and Joerg Bergmeister.

The second Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 is also entered for Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo, marking that car’s first start since the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen last month.

Additionally, SunEnergy1 Racing is set to reappear, with Virgin Australia Supercars ace Jamie Whincup joining Kenny Habul in his Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The event runs from Sept. 7-9. 

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. Ko I

    August 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    These car counts are getting a bit low, again.
    Hopefully the 2019 changes will bring teams in or, in some cases, back in. I would think that the LMP2 class would grow, since those teams will no longer be competing against factory DPi teams.
    It’s great to see that Aston Martin is working on getting back into GTLM, but where’s Ferrari? Even when Risi was representing Ferrari, they’ve brought half the cars the other manufacturers have. And, why does it seem like privateer GTLM teams are just not allowed?
    Nissan and Bentley sell cars in the US. Why aren’t they in GTD?

    • Steven

      August 31, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Money and politics…its as simple as that.

    • jareth Belanger

      September 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      35 is huge for laguna they dont have a lot of pit space.

    • kv

      September 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Hopefully the mid engine C8.R Corvette would be at PETIT LeMans !THE testing at Nürburgring reveal a very nimble and very taught racer,even in production trim.

  2. Larry

    September 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Ko I, the car count is gonna get lower, not higher due to the P class split.

    Most P2 cars entered the in WeatherTech so they could run for the overall.

    Based on what I have heard from teams and read on here, even some P2 teams from Europe who had planned to come over for Daytona and Sebring are not coming now.

    One team is gonna lease a DPi but the P2 count is gonna be very low.

    Probably some manufacturers aren’t in any class in WeatherTech due to the ridiculous fees they charge.

    Privateer GTLM teams ARE allowed, just on one is entering the fray against the manufacturers since Falken left. Actually, Risi has been a privateer team in GTLM but basically it got too expensive and he does one-offs in GTLM, runs GT in PWC, and GTD in WeatherTech.

    Now WeatherTech could create a GTLM-AM class for privateers that would be the same as GTE-AM in WEC and I bet several cars would come over for at least the Florida races.


    September 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I ցuess he is PERFECT at it!? Laugheɗ Larry.

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