Thursday, October 12, 2023

IMSA: Petit Le Mans Notes

    As once again, I missed thee memo…


Having put my Petit Le Mans preview to “Bed” prior to the entry list being made public. I’d say your humble No Fenders scribe Tomaso did a pretty good job guessing on which IndyCar drivers would be racing this weekend at Road Atlanta.


As I did get Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Scott McLauglin and Helio Castroneves rides sorted correctly. Only guessing’ wrong upon which racecarKyle Kirkwood would be in.


As “Kirk” Kirkwood will be driving the Vasser Sullivan Racing’s No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 entry alongside season regulars and GTD Pro Class Champions elect Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat. As the trio are the defending Petit Le Mans GTD Pro Class winners.


ScottyMac’, aka Scott McLaughlin will indeed be back with the No. 8 Tower Motorsports in the LMP2 prototype category. As the Kiwi’ will team with the totally unknown Arie Balogh and Chip Ganassi Racing 2024 IndyCar rookie Kyffin Simpson.


Also of interest is the Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan GT Daytona (GTD) entry. As the No. 85 sports an All Femme Fatale lineup with Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Doraine Pim at the Lambo’s keyboard.


Whilst I find it Uber embarrassing that only the final three hours of the season finale will be available upon USA Network, provided the RASSCAR lite’ Xfinity race doesn’t go into overtime…


Meaning the majority of one of IMSA’s premiere endurance races is stuck behind that nebulous Peacock Paywall for the majority of it’s ten hours duration. Meaning I can skip directly past GO, straight to IMSA Radio instead!


Hmm, can Y’all say TV ratings Bonanza? Whilst believe I’ve heard the Green Flag flies at 8:40AM Pacific. But as Always, check your local listings…