IMSA news ticker May 2023: WTR Andretti expands to two cars in 2024
Here is all the important IMSA news from May 2023 in our ticker format – Latest entry: WTR Andretti will field two LMDh cars in the 2024 season
May 16, 2023: WTR Andretti expands to two cars in 2024
Wayne Taylor and Michael Andretti have confirmed that they will run two Acura LMDhs in the 2024 IMSA season. This will expand the team from one to two cars. HPD Technical Director David Salters says Acura is pleased to expand its “factory commitment” to two cars in IMSA. According to Taylor, expanding to two Acura ARX-06s “has always been the plan,” as there are many advantages to running two cars – not only in data, but also in race strategy.
May 15, 2023: Cadillac won the race at Laguna Seca
Ganassi and Cadillac jointly won the IMSA race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Renger van der Zande, who shared the LMDh car with Sebastien Bourdais, pulled off the decisive maneuver on the fourth restart with around 40 minutes to go. The Dutchman overtook the Action Express Cadillac and moved into the lead. This gives the GTP class four different in the first four races. Porsche-Penske was second with the number 6 car, Action Express followed in third. Class honors went to the #11 TDS Racing LMP2 of Mikkel Jensen and Steven Thomas. Jules Gounon and Dani Juncadella won the GTD Pro race in the #79 Weathertech Mercedes, Kellymoss celebrated its first victory with Kay van Berlo and Alan Metni at the wheel of the #91 Porsche.
May 9, 2023: LMP3 class canceled for the 2024 season
The LMP3 class will disappear from the top IMSA series from the 2024 season. Prototypes powered by Nissan engines have been taking part in the races since 2021. The class was introduced to increase the number of starters. The class had been given a term of two years. The term was prematurely extended for a further year until 2023. Nevertheless, the end for the class does not come as a surprise, as many discussions about the whereabouts of the third prototype class have arisen in recent weeks and months. The LMP3 class will continue to have a future within IMSA, and the cars will be able to compete in the newly founded IMSA Sportscar Challenge from 2024, which will be run together with GT4 cars.