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IMSA Bans All Private Testing

Sanctioning body to restrict all forms of testing “until further notice” amid coronavirus pandemic…

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IMSA has placed a temporary ban on all private testing “until further notice” due to the world’s “unprecedented events” of the coronavirus pandemic.

Issued in a bulletin to competitors on Tuesday afternoon, the sanctioning body is restricting testing to all WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams, which includes “on-track testing, wind tunnel testing (full scale and models), climatic tunnels, straight line 7/8-post shaker rigs, kinematics & compliance rigs (static and dynamic) as well as manufacturer or constructor driver simulators.”

“All Testing requiring IMSA approval is prohibited until further notice,” the statement read. “When appropriate, IMSA will work with teams and manufacturers to re-implement testing permissions.”

The restriction comes in the wake of several planned tests that were registered with IMSA.

Corvette Racing had scheduled a two-day test at Sebring on March 24-25, while Wright Motorsports was due to test at Mid-Ohio on April 7-8.

Nearly ten teams, meanwhile, tested at Sebring earlier this month, in anticipation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which has since been postponed to November.

IMSA limits the total number of test days by class, with eight days allowed in DPi and GT Le Mans, and four days for each car entered in LMP2 and GT Daytona.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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