38 entries – and some surprises – for IMSA’s go to to Laguna Seca

Thirty-eight groups will converge on WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca subsequent week for the Motul Course de Monterey Powered by Hyundai N for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with two attention-grabbing additions.

The primary is the inaugural privateer GTP entry, the Porsche 963 from JDC-Miller Motorsports for Mike Rockenfeller and Tijmen van der Helm, bringing the category complete to 9. The second is a brand new GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 effort from Andretti Autosport for Jarett Andretti and Gabby Chaves. Andretti and Chaves usually compete in LMP3, however with their common class not current for this race, it’s a good time to introduce the brand new program.

Talking of Aston Martins, there’s a shock entry from Magnus Racing for Andy Lally and John Potter. Magnus had been anticipated to compete in solely the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds with its GTD-class Vantage.

LMP2 returns to the collection after its Lengthy Seashore absence for its second championship spherical. Eight entries make up the category at Laguna Seca. Notables embody Juan Pablo Montoya becoming a member of Eric Lux within the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing ORECA, and Louis Deletraz, free from his endurance-race dedication with Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, becoming a member of John Farano within the No. 8 Tower Motorsports entry.

The same old 5 will contest GTD PRO, whereas the GTD ranks develop to 16 with the Aston Martin additions. One be aware within the GTD PRO class: Antonio Garcia is ready to make his one centesimal race for Corvette Racing within the unified sports activities automotive collection at Laguna Seca. Garcia has gained on the observe 3 times, most lately in 2014.

Groups and followers will see many enhancements round WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which sits inside a Monterey County park. A brand new pedestrian bridge is being put in over the beginning/end straight. The observe has additionally obtained new curbing at every of the 11 activates the two.238-mile circuit, forward of a full repaving.

The Motul Course de Monterey Powered by Hyundai N weekend may also function IMSA Michelin Pilot Problem, Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo, and Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup in the course of the weekend. NBC’s dwell protection of the 2h40m race begins at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.