The return of endurance racing to Mid-Ohio with next week’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car championship event will deliver 34 cars spread across three classes.
For the first time in recent memory, IMSA’s Prototype category is headed to an event with the most cars in any class. A total of 14 factory Daytona Prototype internationals and privateer LMP2s will lead the 2h40m race on Sunday, May 6, and they will be joined by eight factory GT Le Mans entries and 12 GT3-based cars in the Pro-Am GT Daytona ranks.
Of interest in the Mid-Ohio field, the crash-stricken Spirit of Daytona Cadillac DPi-V.R squad will miss its second consecutive race after Tristan Vautier’s incident at Sebring necessitated replacing the carbon-fiber tub. The popular Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM effort will also be absent from the May 4-6 event.
Among the additions and changes, Mid-Ohio will see the introduction of a second Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R GTD entry for team veteran Michael Schein and Porsche specialist Wolf Henzler. The home state Meyer Shank Racing team will also add a second GTD car to its stable with an Acura NSX GT3 for Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente.
The final surprise comes with BMW racing legend Bill Auberlen, who has stepped back to a part-time role with the BMW Team RLL GTLM program, as he returns to his roots with the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GTD operation for Mid-Ohio as teammate to Dillon Machavern.
The full entry list can be found here.