Indianapolis Thursday Notebook – Sportscar365
*** SRO Motorsports Group on Tuesday made several adjustments to the balance of performance of the BoP table originally released for the event, confirming 10kg breaks for the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo, BMW M6 GT3, Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 and the McLaren 720S GT3, while the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo received a weight increase of 5 kg.
*** This weekend’s BoP table is specific to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, unlike SRO’s track-based category system used in the majority of other events.
*** Andy Lally was a late confirmation in TRG’s Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for the 8 Hours of Indianapolis powered by AWS, replacing Dr. Jim Rappaport. Lally will reunite with his longtime friend Spencer Pumpelly and Derek De Boer in the GT4 class.
*** Long-time SRO America competitor Classic BMW will transform into Fast Track Racing following the sale of the Classic BMW dealership by Sewell Automotive Companies. This weekend’s Indianapolis round will mark the “final end” of the dealer’s involvement in motorsport dating back to 1973.
“The dealership’s racing program has won races, team, constructor and driver championships as well as the coveted BMW Sports Trophy, which it won in 2018, the only time a US-based team- United won the award, ”said Eric Maas, team owner. who plans to continue campaigning for BMWs but under the Fast Track Racing banner in 2022.
*** In a change from the initial entry list, Classic BMW will field a single BMW M4 GT4 within eight hours for drivers John Capestro-Dubets, Alex Filsinger and Dominic Starkweather.
*** In addition to its participation in the eight hours, Inception Racing’s McLaren 720S GT3 is also entered in GT America powered by AWS competition with Brendon Iribe. Iribe has already earned two overall wins in the 40-minute Bronze-rated single-driver series, which concludes his season with races on Friday and Saturday.
*** Max Root is making his first SRO start of the season after joining Wright Motorsports, with whom he won the Am class championship last year. Adding Root to the lineup alongside new Pro-Am class champions Jan Heylen and Fred Poordad saw the car upgrade to Silver class for the Pirelli-powered Intercontinental GT Challenge for the duration of the race. race.
*** In addition to the move from Pro-Am to Silver Cup for Racers Edge Motorsports, Compass Racing and Wright Motorsports after the GTWC part is completed, the # 33 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 also changes class from Pro to Money.
*** The teams were only allowed one driver derogation per line-up, which resulted in several teams ending up in classes they had not initially planned to be in. Compass’s Acura NSX GT3 Evo wears Silver Cup decals on its car but will compete for the first three hours as a GTWC America Pro-Am entry.
*** There had been initial questions as to whether Matt McMurry would be able to score GTWC America points due to his twinning with Ashton Harrison, who is making his series and GT3 debut. However, Sportscar365 understands that McMurry’s Silver rating will allow him to score points regardless.
*** The rules of the series state that a Gold or Platinum rated driver must be paired with their co-driver of the season to score points, a rule that prevented Dane Cameron from winning the 2019 Pro-Am championship after sharing his Acura RealTime Racing. with two different co-pilots that year.
*** Francorchamps Motors – the title sponsor of the pair of AF Corse entries in Pro class for this weekend and at the Kyalami 9 Hours, is the official Ferrari dealer in Brussels, located 24 km south-east of the town of Wavre, Belgium.
*** Team WRT is relying on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Audi team from Fast MD for some refueling this weekend. The US team is supplying motorized karts to WRT, which will field a pair of R8 LMS GT3 Evos backed by Audi Sport.
*** The # 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo sports a metallic orange livery this weekend (pictured above) following the blue and green patterns from previous races this year. As was the case here in 2020 and in this year’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races, the Kenny Habul-led effort is being driven by Gradient Racing.
*** Mikael Grenier, who competed in three GTWC America events with Winward Racing, is part of the SunEnergy1 line-up alongside Habul and Martin Konrad. The same trio are scheduled for the end of the IGTC season of Kyalami 9 Hour in December.
*** Konrad arrives after a Pro-Am class victory in last weekend’s GTWC Europe Endurance Cup season finale in Barcelona with SPS Automotive Performance.
*** K-PAX Racing has yet to decide on its plans for 2022 according to team owner Jim Haughey, who told Sportscar365 that his personal preference will be a full IGTC season. He said questions over the feasibility of the 12-hour Liqui-Moly Bathurst, due to Australia’s current lockdown, has reduced that outlook.
*** Haughey declined to confirm that an IMSA GTD Pro program has been ruled out, despite multiple sources telling Sportscar365 that an internal deadline for a commitment to be Lamborghini’s factory-backed team in the series is already outdated.
*** Former SRO America regulars Samantha Tan and Harry Gottsacker are on the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spain to test the BMW M4 GT3. Tan’s ST Racing team have ordered two M4s ahead of a 24H Series schedule next year. They are supported by factory pilots Augusto Farfus and Jens Klingmann in Valencia. Connor De Philippi is the only BMW factory driver in Indianapolis.
*** Selected cars and teams will take part in a track parade in downtown Speedway, Indiana on Friday night as part of the pre-race festivities. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. ET and is meant to be similar to the parades seen at Spa TotalEnergies 24 Hours and Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours.
Daniel Lloyd contributed to this report