IMSA will continue to use the FIA’s driver ratings system for its WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but a new change is coming with the formation of the Driver Evaluation Committee.
Led by IMSA’s Paul Walter, the group will take the ratings supplied by the FIA and perform two actions, starting with making any adjustments it deems necessary in IMSA, only. The group will also send a list of suggested ratings alterations back to the FIA for consideration when the French governing body crafts its next list of Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum designations.
Along with Walter, WeatherTech Championship and IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Race Director Beaux Barfield, IMSA senior director of technical regulations and compliance Geoff Carter, IMSA Competition Vice President Simon Hodgson, IMSA Technical Systems Director Matt Kurdock, WeatherTech Championship Series Manager Ed Hall, and IMSA Senior Director of Racing Operations Mark Raffauf will serve as stewards of the Driver Evaluation Committee.
With the DEC in position, IMSA has taken an additional step in trying to correctly assign accurate ratings to reflect the skills and capabilities of its expansive driver base. Despite improvements in recent years, the existence of ‘fake Silvers,’ a description for Pro-grade drivers who are given Amateur status with a Silver rating, is the primary scenario for the DEC to police as IMSA governs two Pro-Am classes next season with GT Daytona and LMP2.