A total of 35 cars are set to take part in next weekend’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, with the entry list for the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship having been released.
ENTRY LIST: Long Beach
The 100-minute sprint race on the streets of Long Beach will see the event debut of GT Daytona, which join Prototype and GT Le Mans class cars, which has provided the significant increase in entries over recent years.
As a result, IMSA has only accepted full-season “Premium” entrants for the event, due to lack of paddock space.
The Prototype class features a ten-car grid, with the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R duo of Ricky and Jordan Taylor seeking a third consecutive win in Long Beach, and also continue their undefeated streak in WeatherTech Championship competition this year.
They’ll be joined by fellow Cadillac entrant Action Express Racing, the pair of Mazda RT24-Ps, Tequila Patron ESM’s Nissan Onroak DPis, as well as the Gibson-powered LMP2 cars from JDC-Miller Motorsports (Oreca), PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (Ligier) and Visit Florida Racing (Riley).
The co-driver for Tom Kimber-Smith in the PR1/Mathiasen Ligier has yet to be determined.
GT Le Mans, meanwhile, will see all nine full-season entries, led by points leaders Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, which returns to a two-car effort for the balance of the season.
Factory efforts from Porsche, Corvette, BMW and the Risi Competizione Ferrari complete the GTLM field.
The GTD class sees the largest entry of 16 cars, including the No. 991 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 R, which had withdrawn from the series due to tire-related issues from Daytona, according to team principal Kevin Buckler.
TRG’s Porsche features a stacked lineup of Wolf Henzler and Silver-rated Jan Heylen, and while despite being on the entry list, the No. 27 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 is not expected to take part.
Track action gets underway on Fri. April 7, with practice and qualifying, with the race set for Sat. April 8 at 4 p.m. ET, with live coverage on FOX.