We go back a few weeks and take a look at Jim Fonseca’s work from Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca while we wait for this weekend’s IMSA race from Detroit
What can we expect this weekend from Detroit?
- Bye Bye, Belle Isle: The 2022 race marks the last that will be held on Belle Isle Park before the event moves to a downtown Detroit street circuit in 2023. IMSA has conducted 11 previous races at Belle Isle dating to 2007. Teams and drivers are putting added emphasis on trying to win the final race on the park circuit.
- Super Sprint: The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, at 100 minutes, is one of two ultimate sprint races on the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. It calls for a very different race strategy than for the other races that are two hours, 40 minutes or longer.
- Tight Championship Races: Midway through the 2022 season, the standings in both classes competing this weekend are bunched at the top. In DPi, Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 lead with a 32-point advantage on Oliver Jarvis, Tom Blomqvist and the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura. The gap is essentially the difference between a first- and second-place race finish. In GTD, the margin is closer, with Stevan McAleer and the No. 32 Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 a mere 12 points ahead of Ryan Hardwick, Jan Heylen and the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
- GTD Racing for Season and Sprint Cup Points: In a change this year at Detroit, the GTD class will earn points toward both the season-long class championship and the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup consisting of the eight non-endurance events. The two most recent Detroit races (in 2019 and ’21) counted solely toward the Sprint Cup. Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, co-drivers of the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3, lead the Sprint Cup standings by 34 points over Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW.
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By Jim Fonseca
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