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. 

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Progressive American Flat Track announced today the long-awaited return of its open paddock sessions at all remaining races of the 2021 season. With the changes to CDC guidelines and local regulations on outdoor events, Progressive AFT will bring back its Rider Autograph session beginning with its fifth and sixth rounds at Remington Park.

 

It has been nearly two years since race fans and riders have intermingled at the racetrack, so the return of the fan walk at the Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile Doubleheader presented by KICKER will be a treat for fans and racers alike.

 

"I'm excited to interact with the fans again in OKC," said Briar Bauman, reigning two-time Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Champion. "We as racers get as much joy talking and catching up with fans as they do us. The small interaction we had with fans in Chicago reminded me of the reasons I became a racer in the first place and why fan support means the world."

 

Next Up:

The stars of Progressive AFT will test the upper limits of speed, bravery, and excitement when the series unleashes the first Mile action of the season doubleheader style. The Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile I & II presented by KICKER at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will take place on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19. Tickets are available for purchase now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3323/#selectTickets. For those viewing from home, live coverage will be available on any device for only $1.99 a month via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

 

For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.

Neither Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway nor an expanded field of top-tier Pro 2 racers were any match for Keegan Kincaid in the 2021 Championship Off-Road season opener on Saturday and Sunday. Last year’s Pro 2 runner-up on points reaffirmed his determination to be one spot higher this time around with a massive weekend, scoring both race victories in spirited on-track battles and posting a perfect 102 point score to take the championship lead into Crandon later this month.
 
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2021 season here in Antigo,” said Kincaid. “Wins won’t come easy with such a talented field this year, which is why it’s so amazing to have gone back to back to open the year. We had to battle changing track conditions, traffic, and cautions all weekend long, so these ones are definitely special. Now it’s on to Crandon to keep the momentum rolling!”
 
Starting from the front row on a massive 20-truck grid on Saturday, Kincaid immediately checked out on the chaos behind him, although numerous restarts would keep his competition close. But while defending West Coast champion Jerett Brooks, a new addition to the COR field for 2021, would stay in hot pursuit, Kincaid wouldn’t let the restarts get the better of him, hanging on for his first win since last year’s opener at ERX Motor Park by nearly a second at race’s end.
 
His second win of the season wouldn’t take nearly as long to happen, although it was a harder fight to get there from the fifth place starting spot. With Brooks up front and a rutted racetrack, Kincaid’s opportunity to capitalize came as multiple cautions once again kept the field close. Once he finally clawed his way into second, he took advantage of the leader slowing in a hairpin to take the lead with three laps to go, and pulled away as second place and third went door-to-door in the closing laps.
 
Now, Kincaid heads to his home track at Crandon looking for more trophies in the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run on June 26-27. The former Crandon World Cup winner will look to carry his momentum from Antigo into the second event of the season, with hopes of adding more cushion to the five-point lead he built in the opener.
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Cooper Tire, Vision Wheel, Discount Tire, Fox Shocks, Langlade Ford, Impact, Traxxas, Champion Power Equipment, Roush Competition Engines, FK Rod Ends, Truck Country, NTN, VP Racing Fuels, and Northern Chill. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
 
Images via Proformance Photography/Amanda Fonferek

For 10 days in July, motorcycles are king in Monterey County.
 
West Coast Bike Week is a community focused week of activities geared to those who love all things on two wheels. There’s plenty of excitement for riders (or enthusiasts) of all ages and experience levels.
 
The 10-day experience is highlighted by professional championship racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with the GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey, July 9-11, followed by exciting vintage racing with the AHRMA Classic Motofest of Monterey, July 16-18. It’s paradise for motorcycle lovers.
 
Everything kicks off July 9 at the MotoAmerica Bike Night, which will take place in downtown Pacific Grove from 5-9 p.m. Lighthouse Avenue will be shut down between Forest Avenue and Congress Avenue, where live music, merchandise and other surprises await at this free event that is presented by the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Fans are encouraged to bring their motorcycles to help launch West Coast Bike Week.
 
After three days of pulse pounding MotoAmerica action at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the Ducati Owner Program takes the track on July 12.
 
From July 13-15, the Learn to Ride program will be teaching important lessons to motorcycle riders of all skill levels at the Raceway’s Lakebed. Part of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, Learn to Ride is implemented by members of the Pacific Motorcycle Training team, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol. For more information, click here.
 
There will be both a Training Course – designed for the novice rider – and a Premier Course – which allows riders who are age 21 and older and who already know how to ride, but are not licensed, the chance to earn their motorcycle license.
 
On track July 14-15 will be Iconic Motorbikes – which is a promotional partner of West Coast Bike Week. The company has quickly risen to become one of the premier motorcycle auction websites in the industry. Anybody looking to buy or sell a motorbike needs to look no further than Iconic. More information about Iconic can be found at www.iconicmotorbikeauctions.com.
 
The AHRMA Bike Night is July 15 at the Baja Cantina & Grill in Carmel Valley. It will run from 5-7 p.m. and include vintage bikes, drink specials, a raffle, plus much more.
 
“West Coast Bike Week is an exciting initiative that brings the whole community together in celebration of our two wonderful motorcycle racing events,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “There is a rich history of motorcycle racing at our track, and the West Coast Bike Week events inject even more energy and enthusiasm into those two weeks in July.”
 
For those who prefer to pedal on two wheels, the Twilight Cycling event returns July 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This ride allows cyclists of all ages and experience levels the thrill of pedaling WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops 59 feet in just 450 feet of track length. Helmets are required.
 
For a list of West Coast Bike Week events, click here. To buy tickets for both the MotoAmerica and AHRMA events at WRLS, click here.

 

(Courtesy of WeatherTech raceway Laguna Seca)

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will remain a cornerstone event on the downtown streets and waterfront through at least 2026. St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved a two-year extension to the existing agreement with Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC (GSSP) on June 3rd.
 
This spring break racing tradition has been a marquee event on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ annual calendar for the past 17 years. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg brings worldwide exposure and spectators from across the globe to the City of St. Petersburg. 
 
“I am thrilled that the Grand Prix will be in the Sunshine City through 2026. I want to thank City Council for recognizing the importance of this race in St. Pete,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “I also want to thank Kim (Green) and Kevin (Savoree), and everyone at the Grand Prix for not only organizing and promoting one of our city’s best events year after year, but for their dedication to our community.”
 
Set to return to its traditional position on the calendar during the second weekend of March in 2022, the dates for the next five Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg races are:
 
March 10-13, 2022
March 9-12, 2023
March 7-10, 2024
March 6-9, 2025
March 12-15, 2026
 
“There is no better backdrop than downtown St. Petersburg and its picturesque waterfront for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to showcase the NTT INDYCAR SERIES,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of GSSP. “The success and continued growth of the event has only been possible with the overwhelming support and collaboration with the City of St. Petersburg’s Councillors, Mayor Kriseman and his fantastic team.” 
 
The City of St. Petersburg’s “Embrace the Race” campaign has worked alongside local businesses to create a great experience for visitors. The efforts multiply the economic impact which the race has on St. Petersburg and local surrounding communities each year.
 
The event has also had an ongoing impact on the local community through fundraising efforts for the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. Over a four-year span via the MBA 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Track, over $216,000 has been raised for the Police Athletic League and American Stage Theatre. The 5K run and walk event is planned to return in 2022 after being put on pause for 2021. 
 
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, The Mahaffey Theater, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways of Albert Whitted Airport. The set up and tear down process has become more efficient each year. Most recently it took 25 days to construct the circuit and the removal was done within six days thanks to the support of local vendors like Stepp’s Towing and the development of a collaborated plan with the City of St. Petersburg’s administration and events team. 
 
For event information, visit gpstpete.com. Also, follow the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on social media using #FirestoneGP for additional ongoing updates and news. 
Since announcing plans to introduce the GTD PRO class – which will use cars built to FIA-GT3 technical regulations – to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022 at Daytona starting with the Roar and Rolex 24, IMSA’s leadership team and technical staff has been working diligently on many key details for the new Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) or in short form GTD PRO class that will replace the current Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) class.
 
After countless hours of analysis and several technical working group meetings with all interested manufacturers and Michelin, IMSA’s official tire partner, IMSA today revealed the structure for GTD PRO heading into its 2022 debut. As announced in January, GTD PRO – which is geared toward factory-supported teams and drivers – and the Pro-Am GTD class both will use FIA-GT3 race cars.
 
“It was important that we worked in lockstep with our manufacturers and tire partner to develop the GTD PRO ruleset,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Our IMSA technical team was thorough in its analysis and the end result allows us to chart a successful course for the future of factory-supported GT racing in GTD PRO as opposed to the customer racing nature of the GTD class. Ultimately, the market will speak as manufacturers confirm plans to participate, but we are very optimistic that we will have strong fields in both GTD PRO and GTD starting next year.”
 
Beyond using the same technical specifications, however, there are a number of similarities and subtle differences between GTD PRO and GTD as detailed here:
 
GTD PRO/GTD Technical Platform and Tires
  • Common FIA-GT3 specification for both classes and common fuel from VP Racing Fuels, IMSA’s official fuel partner.
  • Both classes will use the single-specification Michelin S9M tire currently used this year in the GTD class for the 2022 season. This along with the use of the shared FIA-GT3 platform will reduce development costs for both manufacturers and customer teams. IMSA and Michelin will announce a longer-term solution for 2023 and beyond at a later date.
 
GTD PRO/GTD Balance of Performance (BoP)
  • GTD PRO and GTD will use the same, data-driven Balance of Performance (BoP) process, which is an extension of IMSA’s current process.
  • As GTD PRO is geared toward factory-supported teams and drivers, on-track performance levels achieved by the GTD PRO class is expected to exceed that of the GTD class. For this reason, the BoP for each class will be managed independently.
 
Sporting Regulations
  • GTD PRO will adopt current GTLM Sporting Regulations on driver ratings, qualifying, grid placement and race procedures. GTD PRO cars will use red number panels and position-indicator LEDs. GTD PRO cars will be required to start the race on qualifying tires or face a penalty as opposed to GTLM, which allowed teams to use any tires from their allocation without penalty.
  • GTD will remain as it is today with the same requirements for Bronze- or Silver-rated drivers to be included in team lineups, qualifying, grid placement and race procedures. The same qualifying procedures introduced in 2021 which require a Bronze- or Silver-rated driver to set the team’s starting position followed by a mandatory driver change and a second qualifying session to earn qualifying points will remain in effect.
  • GTD PRO will adopt the same testing limitations as the existing GTLM class, which allows for eight days of testing. The GTD class will continue to be capped at four days, although Bronze drivers may have unrestricted test days with IMSA approval. Wind tunnel and straight-line testing is prohibited in GTD.

Tickets for the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, Sept. 10-12, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca are now on sale.
 
The event features the best IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racers from around the world battling it out on the famous Monterey County track that is nestled against the scenic hillsides. The IMSA series will bring its top classes of Daytona Prototypes, Le Mans Prototype 2, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona to Monterey this fall.
 
In November 2020, the DPi class had a heart-stopping conclusion, with Hélio Castroneves edging out fellow Acura Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by less than a half second for the victory.
 
“We are thrilled to have IMSA returning to our track with their exciting brand of racing,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “The Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship is an event race fans look forward to each year, and we can’t wait to host it once again and welcome entire families back to the track.”
 
Don’t miss the action, as world-class drivers navigate the Corkscrew, Rahal Straight and Rainey Curve as they attempt to reach the checkered flag.
 
To make a weekend of family fun at the track more affordable, ticket and camping prices are reduced from 2019 prices. Ticket options for the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, can be found here. For Premier and Reserved camping please call the Tickets & Accommodations Office at (831) 242-8200. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 

 

(Courtesy of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca)

Nitro Rallycross announced today an updated schedule for its debut 2021 series. The cross-country itinerary now includes a Southern California stop on its five-race calendar.

 

Nitro Rallycross 2021 is still set to kick off at its birthplace, Utah Motorsports Campus, on the weekend of September 24 – 25, complete with the huge double-cross jumps that have taken motorsports excitement to new heights. Then the high-adrenaline action will shift to ERX Motor Park outside Minneapolis, MN on October 2 – 3, one week earlier than originally scheduled. Next, the competition will heat up Phoenix, AZ’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on November 13 -14. Following that, in a new addition to the series, NRX will take over San Bernardino, CA’s famed Glen Helen Raceway on November 20-21 (replacing Reno, NV’s now-closed Wild West Motorsports Park). Then the checkered flag will drop on NRX 2021 at North Florida’s The FIRM December 4 -5.

 

Motorsports icon Travis Pastrana, the boundary-breaking force behind Nitro Rallycross, says, “It’s awesome to see NRX’s first championship series come together. Glen Helen Raceway is a great addition to the calendar. Such an iconic venue. I raced my first outdoor national motocross event there when I was 16 years old and been there for so many other amazing events. It’s a perfect fit for NRX’s multi-surface courses.” Pastrana adds, “Southern California also has a rich Rallycross history and passionate fans, who over the years has seen fantastic finishes from the sport’s biggest drivers.”

 

At every stop, teams will have to contend with NRX’s epic courses, which incorporate the steep berms, banked turns and 100-ft gap jumps that champion drivers like Tanner Foust consider, “The most unique, exciting, fun, amazing Rallycross track ever built.” These bespoke design elements will be tailored to heighten the tough challenges of each location’s unique setting, creating insane tracks that will push drivers – and cars – to their limits as they battle through imposing mountains and dry deserts into dense forests and sprawling wetlands.

 

Also, as the pace of reopening accelerates across the U.S., Nitro Rallycross announced that tickets for all five races will go on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, July 20th. Fans will soon be able to experience NRX live and in-person, where they can hear hard-charging 600 hp Supercars as they tear around each corner and watch as they rub fenders in wide-open, head-to-head action. Look for more on-sale details to be announced soon.

 

Joe Carr, CEO of Thrill One Sports & Entertainment - parent company of Nitro Rallycross - says, “We’re so excited to both add Glen Helen Raceway to the NRX 2021 calendar and to be able to open up the series to fans. We are eager to drop NRX into gear and for fans to be able to catch all the action in person.”

 

By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
 Imagine being a first-rate professional athlete who has little or no chance of winning. For almost a decade, you perform well, honing your skills against the best in the world, but you rarely get close to victory.
 
Then imagine changing the series in which you compete, and finally winning.
 
Now you know what it’s like to be Kevin Magnussen. 
 
Magnussen’s victory Saturday with co-driver Renger van der Zande in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit – where they started from the number one spot after Magnussen scored the first pole of his IMSA career – said as much about Magnussen’s skill as it did about what other forms of racing can provide for drivers whose careers have stalled in Formula One.
 
Shortly before Magnussen and van der Zande captured the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park street course in Detroit, Marcus Ericsson did the same for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series race.
 
Both former F1 drivers, both finding a home with Ganassi, both winning for the first time since 2013.
 
Both rediscovering success.
 
“I knew when I signed up with the team that I’d have a chance of winning races,” said Magnussen, whose seven years in F1 yielded just one podium finish. “... That’s more enjoyable than anything I’ve done in the last few years.”
 
The experience expanded Wednesday when Magnussen was chosen to replace injured Felix Rosenqvist for Arrow McLaren SP in the IndyCar Series race this weekend at Road America.
 
When he searches for talented racers, Chip Ganassi goes beyond the metrics. He looks for the personality that makes a racer talented.
 
“I want to know what they’re made of here,” Ganassi said, pointing to his heart. “Whether it’s (Magnussen and van der Zande) or Ericsson or (Scott) Dixon, I want to know what kind of person they are. That’s real important to me. That’s why we’re here doing what we do.”
 
Magnussen’s last race victory prior to Saturday came in the Formula Renault 3.5 open-wheel feeder series, when he won five times on the way to the championship and a 2014 F1 ride with, ironically, McLaren. When asked whether the WeatherTech Championship is meeting his expectations, Magnussen nodded in approval.
 
“Absolutely,” he said, “and more than that, I would say. Formula One is great, it’s fun to drive the cars, but at the end of the day we’re competitors and you want to do well in whatever you do. It doesn’t matter if it’s Formula One or rental go-karts. You want to win, and that’s what it’s all about.”
 
Indeed, sports cars are an attractive alternative for former F1 drivers. Felipe Nasr, Sebastien Bourdais, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kamui Kobayashi are a few of many who have found success in sports car racing after F1.
 
One of the most notable examples is Magnussen’s dad, Jan, who will pair with his son and Anders Fjordbach for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in August.
 
“I feel very privileged and blessed to have been able to be in Formula One and have a career there,” Kevin Magnussen said. “But … if you know you’re not in the hunt for wins or even podiums, it gets a little weird. I just missed going racing with the aim of winning. This year, the feeling I have going to races … reminds me of how it was before Formula One, and I’ve kind of missed that feeling. So, I’m really happy.” 
 
Once he gets through his one-off IndyCar event, Magnussen and the rest of the WeatherTech Championship competitors will focus on their next big event, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, June 24-27 at Watkins Glen International. The six-hour race will stream live at 10:35 a.m. ET Sunday, June 27 on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, with the NBCSN telecast airing at 7 p.m. Tickets for the race weekend are available at TheGlen.com.

Progressive American Flat Track announced today that this season’s New York Short Track at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, New York, has been upgraded to a doubleheader weekend, adding an additional round on Friday, August 13, to the previously scheduled round on Saturday, August 14.

 

Since making its debut on the series calendar in 2018, the New York Short Track has quickly established itself as a premier event and favorite among fans, officials, and competitors alike. The fantastic facility provides thrilling race action along with a premium fan experience, which were rewarded with sellout crowds in ‘18 and ‘19.

 

Included on the original, pre-pandemic 2020 schedule, the newly announced doubleheader helps to make up for last year’s missed visit while also returning the ‘21 slate back up to the planned number of events at 17 following last month’s weather-related cancellation of the Texas Half-Mile.

 

In each of the two previous runnings of the New York Flat Track, the event served as a defining moment for the respective season’s champions.

 

In 2018, Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) was at the absolute peak of his powers at the ⅜-mile, D-shaped oval. There he scored his ninth win in 11 races that season, completing the single-season Grand Slam in the process. The dominant victory also saw him move into a tie with the legendary Ricky Graham for fourth on the all-time wins list at 39 (a number which Mees has since increased to 54).

 

And in 2019, Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), came into Weedsport Speedway in need of a big night after the prior event saw him suffer a mechanical DNF, which allowed Mees to slash his hard-earned title advantage from 34 points to just 13. Rather than fold under the pressure, Bauman rebounded like a champion, storming away to a blowout victory to stretch his championship lead back out to more than a full race’s haul of points.

 

With another spectacular Grand National Championship taking shape this season, the 2021 New York Short Track will now have double the opportunity to play host to another title-defining battle (or two) come mid-August.

 

Tickets for the New York Short Track doubleheader on on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3376/

 

Another addition to the 2021 schedule is the return of the AFT Singles to the Springfield Short Track on Friday, September 3. Repeating the model launched in 2020, the AFT Singles will be competing in two race programs in the same evening. After qualifying rounds, the competitors will run two sets of Semis and two Main Events, making the Springfield Short Track a huge championship play for riders and an even greater source of entertainment for race fans. The Springfield Short Track will mark the opening of a three-day Progressive AFT racing extravaganza as the Memphis Shades Springfield Mile presented by Law Tigers doubleheader weekend will run the following two days.

 

Tickets for all races during Labor Day in Springfield can be found at www.springfieldmile.org.

 

Next Up:

The 2021 Progressive AFT season will resume with the second of five doubleheaders, the  Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile I & II presented by KICKER at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19. Tickets are available for purchase now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3323/#selectTickets.

 

For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.

BMW M Motorsport is the fourth manufacturer to confirm it will develop an LMDh prototype for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition beginning in 2023.
 
The German marque joins Acura, Audi and Porsche, which all previously announced their intent to develop cars to compete in what will become the WeatherTech Championship’s top-tier class.
 
“BMW is back on the big motorsport stage,” Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH said. “In entering the LMDh class, BMW M Motorsport is fulfilling the prerequisites to challenge for overall victory at the most iconic endurance races in the world from 2023. We will be fully focused on tackling this challenge.
 
“There is a spirit of optimism here,” Flasch added. “BMW has a successful history in prototype racing – the Le Mans victory in 1999 was unforgettable. Reviving this story in a modern prototype with M Power will thrill fans of BMW M Motorsport. The LMDh concept guarantees maximum cost control and offers a wide range of possible applications, including the IMSA series in North America, an extremely important market for BMW M. We are all eager to get stuck into the LMDh category with a compact and highly efficient team setup.”
 
Announced in January 2020 at Daytona International Speedway as a shared platform between IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), LMDh is based on a cost-capped car that will generate more than 670 horsepower (500 kilowatts) from the combined output of an internal combustion engine and a hybrid powertrain. Competing automobile manufacturers may develop their own branded engine and stylized bodywork around the standardized chassis. Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac will work in concert to provide the spec hybrid powertrain system for all LMDh cars.
 
A BMW M Motorsport works involvement, with two cars, is planned for the WeatherTech Championship. The works team and driver lineup for the two LMDh prototypes will be announced at a later date.
 
“Everyone in our motorsport team shares the same motivation: We want to test ourselves against our strongest opposition at the racetrack – and to celebrate victories for BMW,” said Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport. “As such, the LMDh project is a real affair of the heart for us and exactly the new challenge we were hoping for. An extremely exciting project awaits us. To challenge for overall victories in Daytona and Sebring is a massive motivation. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but the anticipation is immense.”
 
BMW’s most recent prototype success includes victories in 1999 with the BMW V12 LMR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, and three consecutive IMSA season championships with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Riley-BMW from 2010-12 along with Rolex 24 At Daytona wins in 2011 and ’13.
 
“BMW’s history in prototype sports car racing is tremendous and we are eager to see how the next chapter unfolds beginning at Daytona in 2023,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Having four confirmed manufacturers for LMDh already, with even more potentially waiting in the wings is validation for the platform we created alongside our partners at the ACO. The market is speaking loudly and the future is bright for LMDh and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”
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