Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 
The series will feature thrilling racing action, highlighted by the crowd-pleasing, nitro burning Nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters and Nostalgia Funny Cars.
 
The 2020 season will begin at the Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet, March 5-8 at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. The series will also make stops at Sacramento Raceway, Firebird Raceway, Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway, Beech Bend Raceway Park, and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
 
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California will produce two Hot Rod Reunions during the season. The National Hot Rod Reunion will be held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ken. June 18-20, while the California Hot Rod Reunion will close the season at Auto Club Famoso Raceway October 23-25. Nostalgia Top Fuel and Nostalgia Funny Car will compete for points at five events during the season
 
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series includes two nitro categories, Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster and Nostalgia Funny Car, and two groups of additional classes. Group 1 includes A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, and 7.0 Eliminator, while Group 2 includes Nostalgia Eliminator l, Nostalgia Eliminator ll, Nostalgia Eliminator lll, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, and Hot Rod Eliminator. Drivers in each class will be able to run a combination of events which will award them points toward their respective championships.
 
The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series was developed in 2008 to help preserve NHRA’s rich history and tradition while providing racing opportunities for enthusiasts who enjoy nostalgia drag racing competition.
 
2020 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series
 
March 5-8
Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet - Auto Club Famoso Raceway
TF, FC, Groups 1 and 2
 
April 4-5
Funny Car Fever - Sacramento Raceway
Groups 1 and 2
 
May 1-3
Ignitor Funny Car Opener - Firebird Raceway
FC
 
May 15-17
Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway
Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator, Group 2
 
June 6
Nite of Fire - Sacramento Raceway
Groups 1 and 2
 
June 18-20
The National Hot Rod Reunion - Beech Bend Raceway Park
TF, FC
 
August 7-9
Nightfire Nationals - Firebird Raceway
TF, FC
 
September 18-19
Nostalgia Nitro Nationals - Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park
TF, FC, A/Fuel
 
October 23-25
The California Hot Rod Reunion - Auto Club Famoso Raceway
TF, FC, Groups 1 and 2
 
TF: Nostalgia Top Fuel (Count all 5 events for points)
FC: Nostalgia Funny Car (Count 5 of 6 events for points)
Group 1: A/Fuel, Jr. Fuel, 7.0 Eliminator
Group 2: NE 1, NE 2, NE 3, A/Gas, B/Gas, C/Gas, D/Gas, Hot Rod
 
 
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship - the electric street racing series - has today announced it is joining forces with global superstar BTS, to help promote the benefits of electric vehicles and the crucial part they will play in combating climate change.
 
The global superstar and first-ever South Korean music artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart is teaming up with Formula E as a global ambassador, using their unique platform to shine a light on important social issues such as addressing air pollution.
 
With air pollution presenting the single largest environmental risk to human health today and causing more deaths each year than smoking cigarettes (according to the World Health Organisation), both Formula E and BTS hope to inspire the next generation and millions of young fans to embrace clean energy and become future drivers of electric vehicles.
 
BTS has a huge global following, with more than 60 million listeners and 3 billion streams across 79 countries on Spotify this year alone. Along with over 90 million combined followers on all official social accounts, the new partnership offers an additional avenue to further amplify the mission of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
 
Formula E aims to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles and in turn tackle air pollution and counteract climate change. As the only form of motorsport to not produce any tailpipe emissions, Formula E’s primary purpose is to increase the number of electric cars on the road and the series regularly connects with influential partners to spread its message.
 
Breaking the news that BTS will become a global ambassador of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, South Korean national public broadcaster KBS also announced they will be airing the inaugural race scheduled in Seoul on Sunday, May 3, 2020.
 
The bespoke city street circuit takes in some of Seoul’s best-known sights, with a special section of track housed inside the Olympic Stadium and winding its way around the Jamsil Sports Complex.
 
To learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, find out where to watch race highlights and buy tickets, visit www.FIAFormulaE.com or download the app on iOS and Android.
 
Alternatively, follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE

The Heart of Racing returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class with full-season drivers Alex Riberas and Roman De Angelis. The pair will be joined behind the wheel of the #23 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 by Ian James for the four endurance races. Completing the Daytona ROAR driver lineup is Aston Martin works driver Nikki Thiim.
 
Riberas, a driver for The Heart of Racing team in 2014 through 2016, secured his first WeatherTech Championship Victory when the team won at Sebring in 2015. Since then Riberas has enjoyed success finishing second in the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and in the 2017 Asian Le Mans Series’ GT class.
 
De Angelis joins the team following a very successful 2019 campaign. De Angelis made history in 2019 as the first driver of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and USA series to win both titles in the same year.
 
James returns to the team as both Team Manager and Endurance Driver, a similar role to his duties with Team Panoz Racing this past season in GT4 America. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and the team,” said James. “I have been working with Alex for years and he has proven himself to be one of the top GT drivers in the world. Roman has had an amazing season this year, and like in 2014 with Alex, this program tries to give young talent the opportunity to shine. I’m delighted that I still get to be behind the wheel and am grateful to Aston Martin for assigning Nicki Thiim to us, whose knowledge and experience of the car will be extremely helpful to get the team up to speed at the ROAR.

Indianapolis-based Green Savoree Racing Promotions is full speed ahead into planning for the 2020 racing season. With four different motorsports properties spanning Canada to the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southeast portions of the U.S., it will promote eight major events and operate over 100 driving and motorcycle riding school courses next year.
 
Before the calendar turns to a new decade, it’s not too late for holiday gift buyers to deliver unique experiences and the thrill of racing excitement. Last-minute gifts guaranteeing memories for a lifetime are available at hondaindy.com/gsrpholiday at special holiday savings through Dec. 25.
 
All promoted by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda Indy Toronto, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio and Grand Prix of Portland encompass four of the 17 events on the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule. In addition to the Honda Indy 200, the company owns and operates the renowned Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School which is based at the Lexington, Ohio facility as part of its motorsports portfolio.
 
“It was a very busy and productive year for our company and staff, and we can’t thank the teams, competitors, our dedicated fans and all our motorsports partners and sponsors enough for an awesome 2019,” said Kevin Savoree, said co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of our holiday specials on race tickets, season passes, and driving and motorcycle riding schools. Our team is looking forward to kicking off another season in March in sunny St. Pete!”
 
The 2019 season did not disappoint. Some of the notable racing highlights delivered from Green Savoree Racing Promotions events to fans and festival-goers included:
 
  • The NTT IndyCar Season kicked off for the ninth year in a row at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It started with a dominant win on March 10th for Josef Newgarden and ended with a season championship for the Team Penske driver.
  • The Team Penske duo of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, piloting the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi machine, won the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the first weekend of May. The victory was key to another Team Penske championship-winning season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019.
  • On the streets of Toronto in mid-July, 2019’s Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud had a near perfect weekend at the Honda Indy. The Team Penske driver started on pole and led 80 of the 85 laps including the last 63. It was also the fastest race in Honda Indy Toronto history concluding in 1:30:16.4388.
  • “Mr. Mid-Ohio” Scott Dixon claimed his record sixth Indy car win on the demanding 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 28th. Driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, the victory was by the narrowest of margins at 0.0934 seconds over his teammate Felix Rosenqvist, also the closest Indy car finish at Mid-Ohio and third closest on a road course in Indy car history.
  • The NASCAR Xfinity Series returned in early August to Mid-Ohio for the seventh time. Another Team Penske driver came out on top with Austin Cindric hustling his No. 22 PPG Ford to victory lane. It was a cherished and memorable victory for Cindric as his late grandfather Jim Trueman once owned Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • The 2019 trend continued making it five wins for Team Penske at Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ events. Will Power took top podium honors over Labor Day weekend in the Grand Prix of Portland. Power’s first win on Portland International Raceway brought his career full-circle as the 1.964-mile, 12-turn permanent road course is also where he did his very first Indy car test. 
 
To find out more about all the action at Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ events in 2020 or buy a great holiday gift, visit the following websites: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at gpstpete.com, Grand Prix of Portland at portlandgp.com, Honda Indy Toronto at hondaindy.com, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School at midohio.com

AMA Pro Racing is deeply saddened by the passing of motorcycle racing legend Dick Klamfoth

 

Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1928, Klamfoth began riding motorcycles at the age of 14. He won the DAYTONA 200 on a Norton in his first outing in 1949, following that up with additional victories on the beach course in 1951 and 1952.

 

From 1954 to 1961, Klamfoth made his mark on the Grand National Championship, finishing in the top 10 each year and scoring five national Half-Mile wins on his BSA. After retiring from racing, he was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2017. 

 

Klamfoth's record of three DAYTONA 200 victories held for nearly 50 years but the "King of the Beach" will be synonymous with America's most historic motorcycle race forever. A perpetual promoter of motorcycle racing, Klamfoth and his wife Bev led the charge to create the Daytona 200 Monument in 2002. Located on the beach near Main Street in Daytona Beach, the monument is dedicated to preserving the history of the legendary beach race that birthed Daytona Bike Week.

 

Klamfoth's funeral will be held on Saturday, December 21. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Daytona 200 Monument at https://www.daytona200monument.com.

 

The 24-event 2020 FOX NHRA season opens Sunday, Feb. 9, with the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals live from Pomona, Calif., at 5:00 PM ET on FS1. Fifteen of the season’s final 16 events are scheduled to air live, including the season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals from Pomona.
 
The 2020 season also marks the 50th anniversary of the NHRA Pro Stock Division.
 
“The 2020 season really gives us a magical opportunity to revel in the history of NHRA Pro Stock drag racing,” said FOX NHRA play-by-play announcer Brian Lohnes. “This class, that kind of burst its way out of the Sportsman ranks, has captivated fans with razor-thin margins of victory since the 1970 NHRA Winternationals. We're going to have a load of fun celebrating the history of Pro Stock in 2020 and honoring the legends who built the class from the ground up.”
 
Lohnes and two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon return to the booth for the FOX NHRA broadcast team, with reporting from two-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national champion Bruno Massel, Amanda Busick, Jamie Howe, Lewis Bloom and John Kernan.
 
FOX Sports and NHRA also are scheduling 16 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series broadcasts, and 12 E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series broadcasts across FOX Sports networks.
 
NHRA races will appear in Canada and the Caribbean through FOX Sports Racing, as well as through the FOX Sports app.
 
  • Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif. - Feb. 9, 5:00 PM ET - FS1
  • Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix - Feb. 23, 9:00 PM ET - FS1
  • AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla. - March 15, 9:30 PM ET - FS1
  • DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas - April 5, 9:00 PM ET - FS1
  • Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Houston - April 19, 8:30 PM ET - FS1
  • NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C. - April 26, 6:00 PM ET - FS1
  • NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta - May 17, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
  • Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va. - May 31, 5:30 PM ET - FS1
  • Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan. - June 14, 6:30 PM ET - FS1
  • NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn. - June 21, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
  • Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio - June 28, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
  • Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago - July 12, 3:00 PM ET - FOX
  • Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver - July 19, 4:00 PM ET - FOX
  • NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif. - July 26, 4:00 PM ET - FOX
  • Magic Dry NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle - Aug. 2, 4:00 PM ET - FOX
  • Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. - Aug. 16, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
  • NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H. - Aug. 23, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
  • NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis - Sept. 7, 11:00 AM ET - FS1
  • NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis - Sept. 7, 1:00 PM ET - FOX
 
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Schedule (times subject to change):
  • Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa. - Sept. 20, 1:00 PM ET - FS1
  • NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C. - Sept. 27, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
  • AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis - Oct. 4, 7:00 PM ET - FS1
  • AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas - Oct. 18, 2:00 PM ET - FS2
  • Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas - Nov. 1, 4:00 PM ET - FS1
  • Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif. - Nov. 15, 4:00 PM ET - FS1

BriggsAuto.com Racing announced today its intent to compete in the AFT SuperTwins class for the 2020 American Flat Track season. The powerhouse effort will combine the skill and knowledge of seasoned tuner Johnny Goad with the raw talent of premier class pilot Davis Fisher.

 

"The BriggsAuto.com Racing Team is excited to be back full-time in 2020," said Sarah Irby-Goad of BriggsAuto.com Racing. "We have a long history in the sport that includes the Fisher family. We have witnessed the continued growth of Davis and he has become a strong contender. Combining Davis's talent, with Johnny's knowledge and the support of Russ and Ilene Briggs and Martin Trucking, we feel we have a winning combination for 2020 SuperTwins competition."

 

Fisher finished ninth in AFT Twins competition in 2019 with best finish of third at both the Sacramento Mile and Williams Grove Half-Mile.

 

"I couldn't be more excited than I am to join BriggsAuto.com Racing in 2020," said Fisher. "With this opportunity I will be able to focus 100% on being a better racer because I know Johnny Goad will have the bikes ready to win. I'm so grateful for Bob Lanphere's Beaverton Motorcycles and Dick Wall 60 for sticking with me on this opportunity. They will be huge assets to myself and the BriggsAuto.com team in 2020."

 

Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader - DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT - at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $25 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online. Get yours at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.

Balance of Performance – or BoP, as it’s commonly known – is often mentioned by drivers, teams and manufacturers in sports car racing.
 
But what is it and why do we have it?
 
We’ll take a closer look at what BoP does and how IMSA will use it in the 2020 season that kicks off with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 3-5.
 
BoP 101
 
Let’s start here.
 
Most other forms of motorsports around the world have one driver per car, and each car is built to the same or very similar technical specification. At the end of most races, there is one winner.
 
Sports car racing is different. You’ve got multiple drivers sharing the same car. You’ve also got multiple classes of race cars competing at the same time, and within each of those classes, you’ve got markedly different car configurations and technologies.
 
Those differences are what makes sports car racing so appealing to race fans. The diversity of cars and manufacturers provide a visual spectacle and auditory symphony unlike anything else in motorsports.
And that’s also why we have BoP.
 
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship again will have four different classes. In the flagship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class, there will be normally aspirated V8-powered Cadillacs competing against twin-turbo V6-powered Acuras and turbocharged, four-cylinder Mazdas. All DPis are mid-engined.
 
In the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, we have the BMW M8 GTE with a front-engined, turbocharged V8. The new Corvette C8.R is now mid-engined with a normally aspirated V8, while the Porsche 911 RSR has a flat, six-cylinder normally aspirated engine also mounted ahead of the rear axle. The Ferrari 488 GTE has a mid-engined, twin-turbocharged, V8 configuration.
 
The GT Daytona (GTD) class will have 10 different models competing with a variety of layouts and engine types. The Acura NSX GT3 is a twin-turbo, mid-engined V6. Like its GTLM brethren, the Ferrari 488 GT3 also has a mid-engine, twin-turbo V8, as does the McLaren 720S GT3, which will open its 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup season at April’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Audi R8 GT3 LMS and Lamborghini Huracán GT3 each have normally aspirated V10s with a mid-engine configuration.
 
The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and BMW M6 GT3 use twin-turbocharged V8s and a front-engine configuration.The Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Lexus RC F GT3 are front-engined too, but use naturally aspirated V8, while the Porsche 911 GT3 R still uses its longstanding, normally aspirated, flat-six engine situated behind the rear wheels.
 
The LMP2 class is the closest thing to “spec,” with all of the mid-engined cars using normally aspirated Gibson V8 engines. However, the class is open to chassis built by four different constructors and BoP is not used in this class.
 
The different engines and configurations are only part of the equation. The mass and weight distribution of each car, especially in the GT classes, can differ substantially between models, and each also has its own aerodynamic capabilities.
 
With such different vehicles competing against each other, BoP is the mechanism IMSA uses to put the cars in each class on as level a technical playing field as possible. For the DPi and GTLM classes, IMSA’s goal is to have every car within a performance window of 0.3 percent, and a 0.5 percent window in GTD.
 
That means the fastest DPi or GTLM car would cross the finish line three tenths of a second ahead of the slowest car in class at the end of a 100-second lap. Visually, we’re talking about the length of a conference room table.
 
In GTD, it’d be half a second from fastest to slowest, which is the length of a slightly larger conference room table. In all cases, it’s little more than a blink of an eye.
 
In terms of performance windows, that’s tiny from a technical perspective. As a result, the outcome of each race should ultimately come down to driver skill, pit crew prowess and race strategy as opposed to one car’s technical superiority over another.
 
A similar process also is used for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, where substantial diversity among manufacturers and technology is found in both the Grand Sport (GS) and TCR classes. Between the WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge, a total of 17 different manufacturers will compete in 2020.
 
What’s in the Toolbox?
 
Now that we’ve established what the goals are with BoP, let’s look at the tools IMSA uses to get there.
 
The first tool is Timing & Scoring data. In the earliest days, this was the one and only mechanism used to establish BoP.
 
The fastest cars on the time charts generally received more mass or perhaps a smaller air restrictor in the engine to reduce horsepower. Slower cars had mass removed and/or larger restrictors, and in a perfect world, every car met in the middle. For cars with turbocharged engines, upward and downward changes in boost pressures were made.
 
Unfortunately, strictly looking at Timing & Scoring data was not enough. Again, we’re talking about cars that in many cases are radically different from others they’re competing against.
 
And while they may be close in overall lap time, how each car achieves that lap time can vary. Cars can be faster on straightaways and slower through turns and vice versa. If that’s the case, one car could have an insurmountable advantage over others depending on track configuration and characteristics.
 
Also, when you combine highly professional race teams and drivers and world class manufacturers, they’re all looking for the slightest BoP advantage they can get. They mastered the art of masking their car’s true performance from a Timing & Scoring perspective long ago.
 
That led to the introduction of a new tool for IMSA to use in BoP, the independent data loggers now installed on every car. These loggers provide a much more complete and unfiltered picture of each car’s performance.
 
Along with the implementation of data loggers came the introduction of the eight-person IMSA Technical Committee (ITC). Members of the ITC carefully analyze Timing & Scoring results and data from the loggers immediately following each race and produce reports with any recommended adjustments based on each car model’s observed performance.
 
Once the ITC’s post-race analysis has been completed, conference calls and online presentations are held with all manufacturers in each class. This provides a forum for the manufacturers to present any BoP issues that their own data and post-race analysis may suggest and to see how cars from other manufacturers are performing in their class.
 
Setting the BoP
 
After thorough analysis, meetings and presentations, the ITC meets a final time to establish the BoP for the next event. BoP tables are published no later than seven days prior to the first day of official on-track activity for each event.
 
Common BoP changes include adding or removing mass, changing the size of the air restrictor for normally aspirated engines or boost pressures for turbocharged engines, or changing maximum RPMs. In the DPi class, BoP changes also may be made to a model’s aerodynamic configuration.
 
Fuel capacity is another tightly controlled variable through BoP to ensure similar stint lengths for each car in a class. In addition, fuel flow restrictors and autonomous pit lane fuel take sensors are used to measure refueling times and ensure that each class’ minimum full-tank refueling time regulation is not violated.
 
Where are We Now?
On the day after the Motul Petit Le Mans wrapped up the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA hosted a collaborative meeting with all participating manufacturers to solicit their feedback related to improving the BoP process for 2020.
 
A follow-up meeting earlier this month led to revised BoP regulations for 2020. It reaffirms IMSA’s data-driven process, while at the same time introducing more “human oversight” of the ITC at the request of the manufacturers.
 
“IMSA and our OEM partners share the common goal of providing the most competitive form of sports car racing for IMSA fans,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “The IMSA Balance of Performance process continues to evolve to ensure the core competitive elements of IMSA sports car racing provide the necessary entertainment and value to our audience and stakeholders.
 
“The IMSA Technical Committee has worked tirelessly on these modifications for 2020 and it should make for close and competitive racing throughout the season.”
 
The revised regulation has been detailed in the 2020 IMSA Sporting Regulations for both the WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge. The ITC will introduce a new metric aimed a better representing a car’s overall pace during a stint known as the “Weighted Sorted Sector Lap” (WSSL).
 
The WSSL uses a larger percentage of a car’s demonstrated performance and will be used to compliment the previously used “Weighted Eclectic Lap” (WECL), which mainly focuses around peak performance.
 
IMSA also will continue to utilize recorded wind tunnel data, engine dyno data and logged car data as a reference to monitor the performance of all cars within each specific class. Fuel consumption and fuel flow also will continue to be closely monitored to ensure stint-length compatibility, allowing teams to make the difference based on their choices to run full-rich or save fuel during the race.
 
Daytona 2020 – Starting BoP
 
The specific and unique nature of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway circuit requires a unique approach to BoP for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 3-5 as well as for the Rolex 24 At Daytona event weekend on Jan. 23-27.
 
The starting BoP tables for Daytona released today have been based upon the ITC’s post-race analysis and corrected BoP from the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Race performance metrics were generated by the best example of each manufacturer’s car in dry conditions. Wet weather performance also was analyzed but did not play a role in the 2020 Daytona BoP.
 
For the DPi class, performance will remain at the same median class level as the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona. In GTLM, the BMW M8 GTE will serve as the baseline performance level due to the introduction of new homologations for the Corvette C8.R and Porsche 911 RSR.
 
To establish BoP for those new models, a combination of FIA/ACO wind tunnel and dyno testing data and subsequent IMSA aero and dyno testing validation was used.
 
In the GTD class, a small, class-wide reduction in lap-time performance will be implemented through reductions in power and mass. The main goal, driven by manufacturer and team feedback, is to address previous top-speed interactions between GTLM and GTD cars.
 
IMSA expects these reductions will result in even closer competition within each class. In addition, the reduction in mass for GTD cars is expected to better align tire degradation over the course of a stint for all cars regardless of mass. These changes were successfully validated during November’s Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring International Raceway in November.
 
Looking Ahead
Starting with BoP for the March 21 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, the ITC will analyze data from each 2019 WeatherTech Championship event as generated by the best example of each manufacturer’s car.
 
Once the BoP for all 2019 events, excluding Daytona, have been corrected, the ITC will take these track, manufacturer and class-specific values and calculate a season-long average. This calculation, in addition to any other available data, will be used to establish the starting BoP for Sebring.
 
Based on the experience of 2019, along with stakeholder and manufacturer input and necessary process analysis, IMSA and its manufacturer partners agree this approach provides for any 2019 season-long development will be effectively captured.
 
The end result is expected to enable teams and drivers – and not BoP – to determine the outcome of every race.
 
The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place January 25-26. Tickets are available at www.DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Sports Car Club of America® has announced the return of a driver-funded contingency program to support competitors achieving success throughout the SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® in their efforts to attend the National Championship Runoffs®.

Recently approved by the SCCA Board of Directors, the Runoffs Appearance Fund is a re-imagined, modern version of the former “Tow Fund” that existed until 2015 in SCCA’s top road racing program. The Runoffs Appearance Fund is a self-funded contingency program that will pay out to Runoffs participants that finish atop a U.S. Majors Tour Conference points championship or in the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour points standings. Deanna Flanagan, SCCA’s Road Racing Director, said the number of positions paid will be determined by the average car count per class throughout the U.S. Majors Tour season.

“The old tow fund had its flaws, but the premise behind it is something that has been missed based on the consistent requests for the program to return,” Flanagan said. “The commitment involved in racing for a championship is significant, and the Runoffs Appearance Fund recognizes those that have carried their success during the season into the National Championship event. Since the elimination of the tow fund, we have seen a smaller percentage of top points finishers compete at the Runoffs. The new program provides additional incentive and supports our goal of encouraging the best-of-the-best to attend the Runoffs.”

Beginning with 2020, $20 from each Majors entry will go toward the fund. At the end of the season, the entire fund will be distributed to drivers based on their finish in one of the six Conference Championships (Northeast, Southeast, Northern, Southern, Mid-States and Western) or the Hoosier Super Tour points standings prior to the Runoffs. Actual payout amount will vary based on one-way distance “as the crow flies” from a driver’s home address to the Runoffs venue, which in 2020 will be Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Drivers within 300 miles of a Runoffs venue will not be eligible to receive a fund payout.

The most significant difference from the new Runoffs Appearance Fund and the former Tow Fund rests in the number of drivers per class eligible for payout. The Runoffs Appearance Fund will pay more drivers for classes that average more entries over the Majors season, thus providing more support to the classes that contributed more to the fund. The number of drivers eligible for the fund per class will be based on the following chart:

Avg. Entries Per                      Number of Positions Paid from
Majors Event               Each Majors Conf./Super Tour Points Standings
0 – 1.9                                                             1
2.0 – 3.9                                                          2                                                
4.0 – 5.9                                                          3
6.0 – 7.9                                                          4                                                
8.0 – 9.9                                                          5
10.0 – 11.9                                                      6                                                
12.0 – 13.9                                                      7
14.0 – 15.9                                                      8                                                
16.0 – 17.9                                                      9
18.0 +                                                             10                                              

As an example, if a class averages 8.3 entries per event in 2020, the top five drivers from each Majors Conference and the Hoosier Super Tour (regular season) standings would be eligible to receive a Runoffs Appearance Fund payout based on their one-way mileage to Road America. A driver may only receive one payout per class, so if they finished in the top five in two conferences and the Hoosier Super Tour, they would only receive one payment. As was the case with the previous Tow Fund, the total amount in the fund escrow is divided by the total number of one-way miles of eligible drivers to determine a one-way, per-mile rate. Eligible drivers will receive the payment after the Runoffs event.

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports. Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned Road Racing’s National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days.

The following is a statement from IMSA President John Doonan on the news of the passing of motorsports safety icon Bill Simpson earlier today.
 
“The world of motorsports lost a true pioneer today with the passing of Bill Simpson. An innovator in the world of safety, Bill was universally known in paddocks for his work. It is with great sadness that I received word of his passing today but I know his legacy will live on. The IMSA family and I would like to express our condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
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