Wednesday, October 19, 2016

in August 2015 IMSA announced that as of Nov. 1, 2015, the series title sponsor would change from Tudor, the watch company, to WeatherTech.

one year later:
Aug. 28 2016, WeatherTech announced it was pulling the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 R from the IMSA WeatherTech series’ final three races.

Why? Because IMSA has not done enough with the available “Balance of Performance” rules adjustments to properly level the playing field for the GT3 R, and without a rules change, the Porsche simply isn’t competitive with the other cars in the class
—the Dodge Viper GT3-R,
the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and
the similar Audi R8 LMS GT3,
the Ferrari 488 GT3 and
the BMW M6 GT3.

On Sept. 1 2016, the MacNeils and Job announced not only would the Job-fielded WeatherTech Porsche not run IMSA’s final three races, they were moving to the Pirelli World Challenge, as close to an archrival the WeatherTech series has.

Here’s the problem: The new Porsche GT3 car is hard to drive. To compete with the other cars in the class, you must drive it on a knife edge every lap. Professional drivers like “Super” Mario Farnbacher can handle it, but for gentleman drivers like Cooper MacNeil and Lindsey, it’s very difficult. Consequently, the drivers who are essentially paying the bills feel they have no chance to win.

As for IMSA: “You’d have to be a fool to not be somewhat concerned,” said Scott Atherton, IMSA president and chief operating officer. “It’s not a healthy situation when you have your title sponsor’s

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