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2016 Anthem Annual Feb Web PDF

THE TIME IS NOW IMSA Opens 2016 Season with New Look North America’s premier sports car series has a new name in 2016 — the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The WeatherTech Championship is the continuation of a new era that began in 2014 with the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which brought together the best of both worlds as one organization under International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) sanction. The new series was the result of a merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón that operated separately for 15 years. For 2016, the WeatherTech Championship features a new look in both the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes, with new cars and manufacturers adding excitement in both classes. While the Prototype (P) cars are unchanged in the series’ lead class, many driver changes have revitalized the division — it will see major changes in 2017 with the debut of the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) cars. IMSA’s third season begins with the Florida classics — the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 30-31 and the 64th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida — opening a 12-race season, featuring 10 events for each of the four classes: Prototype, Prototype Challenge (PC), GTLM and GTD. The Florida classics join the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International and the season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup — a unique competition for all four WeatherTech Championship classes that includes points being awarded at various segments in each event. PHOTOS GETTY IMAGES Other events include races on the streets of Long Beach, California, and Detroit’s Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The schedule also contains the classic road circuits: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road America, Lime Rock Park, VIRginia International Raceway and Austin’s Circuit of The Americas. The major changes for 2016 involve the two GT classes. Ford returns to major international sports car racing with its new Ford GT. It joins the new BMW M6 and Ferrari 488 GTE, along with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and Porsche 911 RSR, which have both upgraded bodywork. In GTD, the implementation of international GT3 rulings open the door for many new cars, including the Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Audi R8 LMS, BMW M6, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Porsche 911 GT3-R and Ferrari’s 458 GT3 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will fi eld two Ford GTs — the No. 66 and N o. 67 — in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class this year. 200 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


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