Wednesday, September 28, 2022

IMSA: 2022 Petit le Mans Preview

As it’s time to bring thoust curtain Down upon the DPi era…


Author’s Note

Full disclosure, this No Fenders Yarn’ was scribbled several weeks prior to this year’s race, and therefore will most likely Not include the latest Driver/Team Chane Developments…



As noted, this is just a “Best” Guess at who you might See running at this year’s 25th unning of the Motil Petit le Mans race this Saturday, October 1st. Which Arse-sumedly you’ll be able to catch various portions of the ten Hour race on Big NBC, USA Network and Frick, Peacock! But I’ll leave it up to Y’all to figure out the How ‘N When to play Chase the TV Broadcast over multiple outlets…


Starting with the Big Boyz’, in what will be the series Swan Song for the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) racecars, which will be replaced next year by IMSA’s GTP Class, although currently known as LMDH, i.e.; Le Mans Daytona Hypercars,. Thar will be seven entries competing for the Overall win. With the two Acura’s fighting against five Cadillac’s.



The Championship leading #10 Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) entry features Ricky Taylor and Felipe Albuquerque, along with Endurance Specialist Will Stevens.


Whilst Meyer Shank Racing’s (MSR) #60 will be piloted by Tom “the Bomb” Blomquist, Oliver Jarvis and presumably MSR IndyCar Drivers Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud will be on Hand?



The “Mach 5 Mustang Sally,” err Mustang Sampling No. 5 JDC Miller Motorsports features “Westie,” aka Richard Westbrook and Tristan Turbo’ Vautier at it’s controls, presumably with Loic Duvall once again as it’s Endurance specialist.


Whelen Engineering’s (AXR) #31 entry is comprised of Pico Derani, Olivier Pla and Mike “Ice Ice, Baby!” Conway. With the Seester Action Express Racing (AXR) Allied No. 48 entry seeing Jimmie Johnson and His All Stars, i.e.; K-Squared’, aka Kamui Kobayashi and Mike “rocy” Rockenfeller at it’s Keyboard.


Lastly, Chip Ganassi Racing’s (CGR) two car entry sees it’s #01 entry piloted by Renger Van der Zande and le Hamburgualr’, nee Sebastien Bourdais presumably paired with Scotty the Iceman 2.0’ Dixon.


While the #02 sees Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn paired with potentially Marcus Ericsson?


GTD Pro/GT Daytona

Thars’ simply Way too Many Gran Torismo entrants to attempt chronicling! As the GTD Pro and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) entrants All competing in GT3 Saloons, albeit the Corvette C8.R’s have been “reversed Engineered” from Thar GT LM (Le Mans) Specs to comply. While the Pro designation stands for All Professional Driver lineups…


Some entries of Note include the No. 9, Number Nine, Numeral Nein? FAB Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R with it’s All Porsche Penske Motorsports trio of Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet and Felipe Nasr.


Whilst former IndyCar Co-Owners Top Jimmy’ and Sully’s Vasser Sullivan Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3 Squad runs one Lexus in each category. With No Clue if (Townsend) T-Bell’ will be Moonlighting aboard the No. 12? While I’d expect to see IndyCar Driver Kyle Kirkwood once again in the #14 GTD Pro entry alongside Ben Barnicoat and Union’ Jack Hawksworth.


And then Thars’ for whatever will be my Homeboyz’ “Team Seattle’s” Heart of Racing Team now campaigning Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT’s, with it’s iconic No. 23 with Ross gunn, Alex riberas and Maxine Martin in the GTD Pro category. With it’s Seester’ NO. 27 entry of Roman De Angelis, Ian James and Darren Turner? In the “lower” tier GTD Ranks.


And you can never count out the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Jan “Van Hagar” Heylen, Ryan Hardwick and Zach Rubichon.


And suppose I should also mention Good ‘Ol Bimmer Billy’, aka Bill Auberlen in Turner Motorsports Shiny, New BMW three litre inline six turbo M4 GT3 Chariot with Robby foley and Michael Vinan? At it’s Keyboard…