DAYTONA Beach, Florida – IMSA, creators and sanctioning body for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, have announced plans to withdrawal from ACO-style racing, which is used for the ELMS, AsLMS and WEC championships. The plans for withdrawal are coming with a mixed reaction through the paddock, mainly from Corvette, who feel that the Le Mans 24 Hours is still important and relevant in the motorsports industry for whatever reason. “IMSA needs GTLM and GTLM needs IMSA,” said Corvette Racing team manager Craig Branton, “Manufacturers in IMSA are stampeding at the opportunity to spend millions of dollars on racing programs that garner very little attention from the public and may or may not receive an invite to race at Le Mans. Supply and Demand people. I find it hard to believe IMSA could survive without GTLM or LMP2 and work solely with DPi and GT3.”
Despite the concerns from the jort and gold chain-wearing side of the paddock, IMSA seems determined to go through with IMSEXIT, something the US-based sanctioning body should have done after 2013. A series-wide vote on IMSEXIT is expected to take place in October during the Petit Le Mans weekend.