|ABOUT the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Endurance cars race anywhere from 2 to 24 hours.
A minimum of 2 drivers are required for every race, maximum of 5 drivers for long races.
Features 2 styles of cars: Prototype and GT (Grand Touring).
Each style has 2 classes: Pro and Pro-Am.
All cars race at the same time on the track together, each with their own battle for the lead.
To help fans easily identify a class of car: Pro class uses RED markings
Pro-Am class uses GREEN markings
The Prototpe (P) class features the fastest and most technologically advanced cars in North America.
They are specifically designed and engineered for the race track and look drastically different than a typical street car.
The Daytona Prototype international (DPi) uses the same chassis, suspension and many other components as the LM P2 cars
competing in championships governed by ACO technical regulations, such as the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Bodywork regulations allow manufacturers design and stylistic freedom to create recognition of their specific brands on
the nose and sidepod areas, rear-wheel arch and rear valance.
The Prototype Challenge (PC) class is a spec class featuring open-cockpit race cars and technology such as a carbon fiber
chassis, carbon brakes and sequential gearbox.
|Prototype Pro-Am Class - Challenge (PC)
The GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars are the most elite and fastest GT cars on the track. They are based on production models and
are engineered to extract the maximum performance possible. The class serves as a true proving ground for leading
manufacturers such as BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche.
In 2016, the class required GT Daytona entries to meet global GT3 specifications.
The GT3 cars are eligible for literally dozens of series around the world. This consequently gives manufacturers an incentive to
build and sell GT3 cars, which go for somewhere above or below $500,000 per copy, depending on your spares package and
level of factory support. It also guarantees the GT3 cars a certain level of resale value, appealing to many teams on the fence
about what series and class to pick.
2,745 pounds minimum
|GT Pro Class - Le Mans (GTLM)
The GTD class consists FIA GT3-spec cars - production cars that are enhanced with technology, but not to the level of the
GTLM class cars.
|GT Pro-Am Class - Daytona (GTD)
|Line up at 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
|IMSA Championship Point System
Points are awarded in each class. This points system below is the same system used for driver, team and
First Place - 35 Points
Second Place - 32 Points
Third Place - 30 Points
Fourth Place - 28 Points
Fifth Place - 26 Points
Sixth Place - 25 Points
Seventh Place - 24 Points
Eighth Place - 23 Points
Ninth Place - 22 Points
Tenth Place - 21 Points
Cars finishing in 30th and after receive 1 point.
The point for the fastest lap is only awarded in the drivers' championship.
Every car is treated as it's own team and receives points as such.
Each manufacturer receives finishing points for its highest finishing car in each class. The positions of subsequent
finishing cars from the same manufacturer are not taken into consideration, and all other manufacturers move up in
Aston Martin Vantage V8
BMW M6 GTLM
Corvette C7.R GTE
Ferarri 488 GTE
Ford GT GTE
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Cadillac 6.2L V8
Mazda 4 cylinder turbo
Nissan V6 Turbo
Dallara LM P2
Ligier LM P2
Multimatic Riley LM P2
Oreca LM P2
6-liter 2-valve pushrod V-8
Ferrari twin-turbo 3.2L V8
Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup
The points system for the Endurance Cup is different from the normal points system.
Points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2 basis for drivers, teams and manufacturers.
The first finishing position at each interval earns five points, four points for second position, three points for third,
with two points awarded for fourth and each subsequent finishing position.
At Daytona (24 hour race), points are awarded at six hours, 12 hours, 18 hours and at the finish.
At the Sebring (12 hour race), points are awarded at four hours, eight hours and at the finish.
At Watkins Glen (6 hour race), points are awarded at three hours and at the finish.
At Road Atlanta (10 hour race), points are awarded at four hours, eight hours and at the finish.
Like the season-long team championship, North American Endurance Cup team points are awarded for each car
and drivers get points in any car that they drive, in which they are entered for points. The manufacturer points go to
the highest placed car from that manufacturer (the others from that manufacturer not being counted), just like the
season-long manufacturer championship.
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