IMSA’S STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY
With cars as different as P2s and DPs racing
head to head in the TUDOR Championship,
putting them in the same ZIP code on
performance is a major challenge for IMSA.
ttempting to adequately balance
performance between different
manufacturers and classes is a task best
reserved for masochists. It’s a practice
that also begs the philosophical question
of whether it belongs in a form of motor
racing where vehicular diversity is
championed, i.e., sports cars.
Why manipulate the performance
capabilities of P2s and Daytona
Prototypes in the Prototype class, or
more than a dozen GT models to make
them run within the same few tenths of a
second in their respective classes?
Well, as it turns out, manufacturers
in the TUDOR United SportsCar
Championship expect performance
waivers and Balance of Performance
adjustments to be made – all to keep their
cars pointed at the sharp end of the grid.
Parity is the byproduct if the job is
done right, and within the TUDOR
Championship’s Prototype class, it’s an
absolute necessity. With ACO-based P2s,
Grand-Am-based Daytona Prototypes,
turbocharged and naturally-aspirated
Headed by the
No. 5 Action
the top four places
in the 2014 Rolex
24 at Daytona.
DP PODIUM ROUT
WORDS Marshall Pruett
MAIN IMAGE Camden Thrasher