GRT Magnus has committed to the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup, with the American-Austrian squad set to field its Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo in next month’s Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring in addition to all remaining IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rounds.
The Lamborghini outfit, which enters the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona effectively in the GT Daytona class points lead following Paul Miller Racing’s withdrawal, was not originally planning to contest all 12 eligible races for the category.
Both Long Beach and Detroit were initially Sprint Cup-only races for GTD competitors, prior to IMSA’s overhaul of its schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic that has made the July 18 Sebring race as the only standalone event for Sprint Cup competitors.
“We weren’t initially planning to be [in Sprint Cup],” said team owner/driver John Potter.
“We had originally entered for just the the full season, so [Michelin Endurance Cup] plus all of the double-up races.
“As of yesterday we have entered Sebring short race, so we will be at Sebring and for the full season.”
Potter said the No. 44 entry is “basically” the same core crew that was present at January’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona although reduced in numbers due to IMSA’s limitation to essential personnel only under its COVID-19 operations protocol.
Making it more challenging, according to Potter, is the fact that GRT will have only a single Lamborghini for next weekend at Daytona instead of the three cars it operated at the Rolex 24.
“The biggest obstacle we’ve been fighting recently is IMSA limiting us to 15 people,” Potter explained.
“We have two problems from that one; we have the partnership between GRT and Magnus, so that means there’s some extra crew sharing, which makes it hard to squeeze into the 15 allocation.
“Also having the car count change on the Grasser side, their car count shrink down, that too was a little bit challenging to fill all the slots appropriately but we’ve figured it out and I think we have a really great group of guys going forward.”
Sportscar365 understands that fellow GTD entrant Meyer Shank Racing will not be at Sebring next month, having stuck to its initial plan of not contesting the Sprint Cup-only rounds on this year’s calendar.