Rejoice in the racing world, because the resurgence of sports cars is among us. In the aftermath of the collapse of LMP1 and GTE courses across the world, I had thought we were headed for a racing slump for a while, at least in sports car competition. The IMSA seems to be the exception confirming the rule, considering this today, said Racer.com that the field for the Daytona 24 was at full capacity with 60 cars confirmed, and several more on the waiting list. 60 cars taking the start will be an improvement of 11 cars from the 2021 edition of the endurance classic on two occasions.
Last year’s race saw just six cars in the dying GTLM class, and its 2022 replacement GTD Pro will make up an impressive 13 cars on the grid of factory-backed teams with queues of fully professional pilots. Impressively, the proliferation of GTD Pro doesn’t mean that there will be fewer GTD Am cars either, as this class also drops from 19 in 2021 to 22 in 2022. That means 35 cars on the grid will be machines. GT3, improving the road of the race. suitability of the car for the average fan.
The top-flight Prototype category will be a Cadillac Vs. Acura Case, with seven cars in total and five of them from the GM performance / luxury brand. This is why it is all the more devastating to see the Mazda fall from the entry list. Make no mistake, it will still be a good fight between the two manufacturers, and DPi still owns the same seven cars as in January of this year. It will be really exciting to see what happens when LMDh cars debut in 2023, but for now let’s focus on the DPi swansong. It is necessarily a good one.
Add 10 pro-am entries in the LMP2 class and eight more in LMP3, and that looks like a pretty comprehensive grid for the Daytona race. I guess any series in the racing world would love to see a 22% increase in participation year over year..