*** A total of 17 cars are slated for this weekend’s North East Grand Prix in the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship of the season in GT only.
*** As was the case at Watkins Glen International, this is the IMSA’s first appearance on the 1.5 mile circuit in two years due to the cancellation of the North East Rounds last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*** Teams return to Lime Rock Park with the Historic Connecticut Circuit under a new ownership group. Dicky Riegel, former President and CEO of Airstream, Inc. and COO of Thor Industries, Inc., is the new CEO of the runway, the former sole owner Skip Barber being part of the ownership group .
*** Lime Rock Park is the penultimate track the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R has ever been on, given a typical IMSA season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As was the case at Watkins Glen, the team led by Pratt & Miller has not tested here before.
*** Proton Competition has divided its resources between the round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Monza and Lime Rock, where it will field the WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19 for Cooper MacNeil and Mathieu Jaminet.
*** With the Fuji WEC round canceled and replaced by a second Bahraini race later in the year, this weekend marks the only direct WEC / IMSA GTLM clash for the German team.
*** The 2019-spec Porsche holds the Lime Rock GTLM track record (49.133 seconds) set by Laurens Vanthoor, who returns to the circuit but in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in GT Daytona.
*** GTD points leader Robby Foley will take part in last weekend’s International GT Open round at the Hungaroring. Foley and Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS co-driver Michael Dinan take part in a partial season program in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 managed by TF Sport.
*** The results of the WeatherTech 240 were not made official until last Wednesday after the validation of undisclosed components of several DPi cars at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, North Carolina.
*** IMSA’s annual State of Sport Keynote will return at an in-person event at Road America next month. The event, where the 2022 times are expected to be announced, is scheduled for August 6 at 6:45 p.m. at the Tufte Center.
*** Harry Tincknell has become Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s reserve driver in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, adding more fuel to the fire that Tincknell will be part of the German manufacturer’s LMDh program in 2023.
*** IMSA President John Doonan made an appearance at the New York E-Prix last weekend.
*** The first round of the HPD GT3 Driver Academy ended Wednesday in Mid-Ohio, which saw four new prospects enter the second season of the academy.
*** Former IMSA team owner / pilot Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 30 months in prison for extortion, transmitting interstate communications with intent to extortion and wire fraud. Avenatti grabbed the headlines when he was Stormy Daniels’ lawyer in a lawsuit against then-US President Donald Trump.
*** Despite being on the entry list, the # 40 Ford Mustang GT4 PF Racing will not compete in this weekend’s Michelin Pilot Challenge race due to the car’s recent uncompetitive form. This will be the first Pilot Challenge race without a Mustang on the ground in recent memory.
*** The Mustang GT4 driven by James Pesek and Stevan McAleer should however be back in the next round at Road America.
*** Father and son JR and James Pesek are busy working on finalizing the new Ozarks International Circuit in Gravois Mills, Mo. The circuit is slated to host several series of sports car races starting next year, including ORS America.