IMSA announced on Thursday that the homologation period for cars participating in the Prototype class has been extended for one year. Both Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and LMP2 cars built to current specifications will now be eligible for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition through the conclusion of the 2021 season.
In addition, homologation for cars currently competing in GTLM are now eligible through the end of 2019 IMSA competition.
“As we kick off the 2018 season, we believe the announcement of the extension of our Prototype and GTLM homologations will come as welcome news for many of our competitors,” said Simon Hodgson, IMSA Vice President, Competition. “We believe our current regulations have been a catalyst for many manufacturers and constructors to compete in the WeatherTech Championship, and this opportunity to amortize their investment over a longer period will be attractive for current and potentially future competitors.”
The extension was made possible through the partnership between IMSA, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which organizes the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, respectively.
With the WeatherTech Championship continuing to follow the traditional calendar, new homologations for GTLM cars – or GTE when competing at Le Mans or in the FIA WEC – and LMP2 cars will come online first in the FIA WEC, prior to being incorporated into the WeatherTech Championship at the start of the following year.