I have a bad feeling that Ford will dominate this year. I know Corvette has a good history at Sebring, but I think the deck is stacked against them. Ford wants the big three (Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring)once they accomplish that it won't be long and they will pull the plug on the series as they did with the original GT40.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 03.12.2017 at 7:06AM
Yesterday in St.Pete the new Camaro was given a new bop after just the first race. But, Mark Kent of GM said the Calloway GT3-R from Germany will race in the US in Nov. at the COTA race where there will be no conflict with the Cadillac team. That will be interesting as it's very fast in Europe.
--- encore from sunny,fl on 03.12.2017 at 8:54AM
I agree with the feeling that Ford is the designated champ, we've seen this before, haven't we? They're stacking the deck at the big races (4 cars at Daytona, 3 at Sebring, 4 confirmed at LeMans, and I'm guessing at least 3 at Atlanta and possibly Watkins Glen). I felt that the Fords would get a bit of an adjustment post Daytona, but as yet, we haven't seen that, and in my opinion, Ford isn't showing all they've got, just enough to get the win. I saw at Daytona the Corvettes were as good or better than the Fords on the infield, but on the banking they had nothing for the GT's, they just drove away on the straights.
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 03.12.2017 at 12:36PM
So? This is acceptable? We're subject to more obvious manipulation in this series? So how does it go with this series - you just buy the desired result through political connections? Where does this leave a Vette fan ( or bmw, or ferrari...)? You have to explain how fixed the series is, then continue your conversation? btw - how many GT's in production so far, 13?
--- 72 from st coll on 03.12.2017 at 3:57PM
Damn, one race into the series and it is all dome and gloom as to the fix. I did not mention or imply that Ford was getting any favors from IMSA. What I was referring to is that the Ford is or at least appears to be the most advanced car in the class and is going to be hard to beat. Ford has basically stated that they only planned two be here for two years then expanded it to four years. I am thinking maybe only three, especially if they sweep Sebrimg. That is their ultimate goal. They want the triple crown and there is really nothing left to do. Besides, can the supply the amount of cars to the number needed to meet the homologation rules. Last year I thought IMSA did a great job at keeping the field well balanced.
--- TR6speed from Florida on 03.12.2017 at 4:54PM
Not all doom and gloom, just stating a few facts that do bother me a bit. Correct me if I'm wrong, but has anyone seen an instrumented test of a Ford GT yet, anywhere? And this 2 years after they committed to the series? I'm all for close racing, and I do think, all things considered, that IMSA did a pretty good job (much better than the ACO did at LeMans) of balancing the performance in GTLM, I just wonder if Ford is showing all they've got, and that's difficult to determine with turbo motors and advanced electronics. I have no problem with Ford, I own a Ford vehicle, as well as a Corvette, but I'm not a big fan of them loading the field with GT's to hedge their bets. I realize that GM could do the same with the Corvettes, but is increasing the odds really in the true spirit? I do believe that the Corvettes can win another Championship this year over the Fords, but it won't be easy, and it won't be on speed, at least on most tracks. The good thing here is that the Sebring test had the whole GTLM field within 6/10 of a second and a Corvette had the quickest overall lap, for whatever that's worth. Since everybody else seems to have waivers of some sort, maybe we should lobby for a bit more displacement, since we're the only team that was required to reduce ours, even considering we're also the only ones with a pushrod engine? Just a thought....
--- GS10tk from Syracuse, NY on 03.12.2017 at 11:53PM
Well here we are after free practice 3 at Sebring, the Risi Ferrari sits 6th and the Vettes are 7th and 9th....looks like both of our favorite teams are getting screwed over by unfavorable BOP....I actually just was messaging with Mark Sims who is the crew chief of Risi and he said the Ferrari is down on top speed due to the BOP...the Ferrari did get a 1mm larger fuel neck that will speed fuel delivery by about 1 second...won't do anything to help...Porsche and especially the Ford, who will easily win the title this year and LeMans again. Porsche makes a new 911 that isn't available to other teams nor the public and Ford is now where near the required number of GT's built....we're both screwed this year...but the Risi has probably the best pit crew in ALL of GT racing will do their usual superb job. I was also messaging with the Risi's lead mechanic who completely rebuilt the #62 with a new motor from Maranello...I have photos of the rebuild on my Ferrari Endurance Racing page on Facebook....nothing we can do this year but watch Porsche and Ford destroy both the Ferrari and your Vettes...maybe when Risi gets to LeMans in June they can have the great pace like last year...a LeMans win would make Risi's season. IMSA sure had the cars really equal in pace at Daytona...then they had to go and fuck with the BOP making both our teams cars with really no chance....Ford has no equal this season....we just have to sit back and take it with no Vaseline...
--- Woody from Peoria, Arizona on 03.16.2017 at 9:34PM
Ford p1 and p2, corvette p3 and p5 not bad
--- encore from sunny, fl on 03.17.2017 at 12:42PM
Better qualifying results than expected. There is still hope.
--- Pikanjoe from Canada on 03.17.2017 at 3:25PM
#3 Corvette moved to back of field after ride height check after qualifying!
--- encore from sunny,fl on 03.17.2017 at 6:37PM
Meant to say #4 car was moved to back
--- encore from sunny, fl on 03.17.2017 at 6:38PM
I heard the announcers say the thermosat had to be changed in the #4, but it is shown as OUT on the scoring. Did they lose the engine?
--- encore from sunny, fl on 03.18.2017 at 12:38PM
Went to badboyvettes twitter, #4 lost the engine from overheating
--- encore from sunny,fl on 03.18.2017 at 1:06PM
currently in 6th place, but it's due to pit stops. Was in second. Number 3 is strong and running down the Ford. Just hope there's enough time!!!!
--- Speedy G from SWFLA....SEBRING on 03.18.2017 at 4:41PM
We're in 1St!!! We can do it, but the Ford is fast!!!
--- Speedy G from SWFLA....SEBRING on 03.18.2017 at 9:04PM
We may have this boys!!!! Ford is slowing down!!!!
--- Speedy G from SWFLA Sebring on 03.18.2017 at 9:35PM
3 Ford prototypes beat by one Vette. Garcia TOP NOTCH!
--- 72 from st on 03.18.2017 at 9:52PM
You're welcome for the favorable BOP
--- IMSA from Sebring on 03.18.2017 at 10:11PM
That was a great race. I had the onboard streaming going and there were some close moments, but the Corvette team came through wit a hard fought win.
--- ma7mgte from D.M.V. on 03.19.2017 at 8:40AM
OUTSTANDING race. Never so proud of the Corvette Racing team.
--- Mike from unknown on 03.19.2017 at 11:57AM
@IMSA - Thanks for the favorable BOP for the Vette? Really? You mean Turbo engines in the same class as normally aspirated engines, prototype cars among standard-production cars, non-existent cars, like the 119 (mid-engine 911) and the V8 Z4 BMW last year? You mean like that? Can Team Vette have its 427 back? Seemed to be acceptable for the Viper that was given the championship a while back. Yeah, we're watching all this. Congrats to Team Vette and the oncoming Ferrari - coming on hot and heavy!
--- 72 from st on 03.19.2017 at 1:08PM
Yes Mr "72"....My name is Raymond Scott of IMSA BoP...we held back the rest of the GTLM grid because of Chevy's huge advertising budget in IMSA. Although we will be having Ford win the Championship this year, and as soon as the Ford's have the title mathematically locked up we will "throw a bone" to the Risi team just because we feel sorry that we will never allow a foreign made car to win an IMSA GTLM Championship, we'll let them win a race or two to make them feel like they've earned something, we know if any of our domestics teams have mechanical problems or driver mistakes that pesky Risi team is right there to possibly ruin our plans. That's why we don't give them any real pace until we know they're out of title contention...enjoy Vette lovers, you're welcome...
--- IMSA from Sebring on 03.19.2017 at 3:11PM
That was one of the best races I've watched in a long time. The #3 had the mojo in the end, not sure what would have happened if the Porsche hadn't got a flat or ran over his air hose as he was coming on fast. But it didn't work out and Team Corvette beat them all. Still don't know why the #4 would have engine trouble, they have had such good reliability in that dept. They will figure it out and move on from here. Congratulations to everyone involved and the Corvette nation is proud of our team.
--- encore from sunny,fl on 03.19.2017 at 4:34PM
@Raymond Scott - response as expected. Does one have to favor any particular team to see the reality of this series? We see it, your sarcasm notwithstanding. Just calling a spade a spade, as politically incorrect as that might be. End.
--- 72 from st on 03.19.2017 at 6:14PM
I watched live streaming with the No. 3 car and they were just middle of the pack most the day. Went to bed at 9:00 hoping they could at least get on the podium. What a joy I had this morning to find out my team won! Never thought the No. 4 would be dead last but that's racing. Sad for the people wrong who believe it's rigged. You wonder if they even bother to watch a race. Twitter has some great videos of the joyous celebration of Corvette Racing. We're not going to win them all or even most but this race renewed my faith in the series.
--- SteveM from Topsham, Maine on 03.19.2017 at 8:02PM
@72, how about you do a little research on the series before you start posting. You make all Corvette fans look bad. Lets start with a few issues such as there rules. The rules allow for both turbo charged ans normally aspirated cars in the same class. They are controlled with engine size and then the allowable boost for turbo cars and the air restrictors. It is not IMSA that sets the rules. They are used in other series. Next the Z4 has not been in the class for a few years and when it was, it met the rules. At that time the rules stated that a manufacturer was allowed to use any engine that was available in their lineup. Therefore the V8 in the Z4 met the rules. I also remember that CR won all three titles last year and the turbo charged cars were in the series last. This class is so diverse, that there will be waivers for specific issue and trust me Corvette Racing has their share of waivers. As far as the BoP's go, IMSA seemed to really have it together last year. Even when they issued BoP's last ear we never saw one team become more dominate then the others. It was good close racing all year. Finally, I am really lost on your rant to IMSA, after CR, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring. What did you want? Was it the Corvette's did not lead the entire race and lap the field. I think it showed that the class is very close (of course BMW needs some help). Porsche showed good speed as did the Ferrari. The Fords did appear to be the best cars through a lot of the race, but as it is always stated, it is not how many laps you lead, it is that last lap that counts and Garcia drove one of the best stints I have ever seem. So lets sit back and enjoy the season.
--- Jack Tipton from Florida on 03.20.2017 at 7:12AM
Will we ever find out what the problem with #4 was? They couldn't fix the overheating problem at the track, so it must have been something serious. Maybe a casting flaw in the block or on one cylinder head? It would be nice to know.
--- Pikanjoe from Canada on 03.20.2017 at 4:27PM
@Jack Tipton- I stated that one Vette won over 3 Fords, where 2 cars per team is the norm. Ferrari was represented by one car also and they had a nice finish. I was told I was welcome for the favorable BOP. Did I miss some last-minute breaks for the Vette team? I didn't hear of any changes before the race, although that's been done before. As for research - I'm mainly going by what is stated as a production-based class. If the rules change to allow cars that don't exist, like the 119, what do we make of that? Make the Vette fans look bad? Why? Not sure I'm alone on this but we'll see how the rest of it goes. One thing is undeniable, Team Vette has one of the best pit crews and drivers in racing history. The 119 is an interesting car though, but where does that leave the Cayman?...
--- 72 from st on 03.20.2017 at 6:01PM
Ford had 4 cars at Le Mans. Two different teams. This time it was 3 cars 2 from the US team and the other car was from the WEC series. They were not even pitted together. As for Ferrari, it is a private team, not a factory team, so that is why it did not have a team car. I am not sure what you are referring to as favorable BOP. IMSA did not impose any BoP's on the Corvette. Yes this is known as a production based class but it is far from that. I think we all know that these cars only have a few components that are found on the car you can purchase. they have the basic design and shape to a point of the street version, and that is about it. Have you looked at the technical regulation lately. If you don't have access to all the information supplied by the FIA, the rules will not tell you anything. As for the 911 Porsche, I understand it meets the legal intent of the rules as far as engine placement, and if it was totally illegal, I am sure the other teams would protest. Most likely it applied for the waiver and it was granted. Trust me, Corvette has been granted waivers also. If you attend any of the races, check out the Corvette and look where the engine is located.
--- Jack Tipton from Florida on 03.21.2017 at 8:23AM
@ Jack - Well, you just stated it pretty clearly, analyze FIA regs. o.k. I know the Ferrari is a private effort, they're doing pretty good and I'm expecting more from them. I know the engine is pretty down there in the Vette and that they got a break to widen the cars a few years ago and such but still, they run a pushrod 5.5L (335) in a body-on-frame car and do pretty good among more updated designs in the class but, well, da rulz. So we'll keep watching. That 119 was running hot at the end though, I think he would have taken the win, damn flat tire, but that happens. Sebring takes no prisoners.
p.s. does anyone know what happened to the 4-car? Loss of water flow in the block, pump failure or something?
--- 72 from st on 03.21.2017 at 5:05PM
Last comment: @ Jack - Well, you just stated it pretty clearly, analyze FIA regs. o.k. I know the Ferrari is a private effort, they're doing pretty good and I'm expecting more from them. I know the engine is pretty down there in the Vette and that they got a break to widen the cars a few years ago and such but still, they run a pushrod 5.5L (335) in a body-on-frame car and do pretty good among more updated designs in the class but, well, da rulz. So we'll keep watching. That 119 was running hot at the end though, I think he would have taken the win, damn flat tire, but that happens. Sebring takes no prisoners.
p.s. does anyone know what happened to the 4-car? Loss of water flow in the block, pump failure or something? --- 72 from st on 03.21.2017 at 5:05PM