The entry list for IMSA’s final race of the year contains a number of unique additions from domestic and international racing series.
With a clash set next week as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship holds its 10-hour closer at Road Atlanta and the FIA World Endurance Championship competes in Japan, a number of teams have drafted in replacement drivers due to the conflict.
From the Australian Supercars series, young ace Chaz Mostert will join BMW Team RLL’s John Edwards and Jesse Krohn in the No. 24 M8 GTE. Currently seventh in the championship, Mostert brings 11 V8 wins, including a victory at the 2014 Bathurst 1000, to the factory BMW program.
Reigning FIA Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi — formerly of Audi Team Joest — will partner with Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P DPi. Mazda veteran Marino Franchitti makes his return to the squad in the sister No. 55 RT24-P alongside IndyCar Series star Spencer Pigot and team leader Jonathan Bomarito.
Porsche Junior driver Mathieu Jaminet has gotten the call up to the factory Porsche GT Team in the No. 912 911 RSR piloted by Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor, which represents a big career move for the Frenchman after being used by the German manufacturer to anchor a variety of Pro-Am customer teams in recent years.
Rapid Canadian Daniel Morad, who spent most of the year in the Pirelli World Challenge series, completes the Montaplast by Land Motorsport roster next to Christopher Mies and Sheldon van der Linde in the team’s No. 29 Audi R8 LMS GT3.
After Pigot, the usual infusion of IndyCar drivers will see 2016 series champion Simon Pagenaud and regular title contender Graham Rahal back in Acura Team Penske’s ARX-05 DPis. New, five-time champion Scott Dixon is set to strap into the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT, and in the No. 66 entry, he’ll have four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais adding to their tally of nine combined titles. And Gabby Chaves will try and help Action Express Racing secure its latest Prototype championship in the No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R.
With the likes of Porsche’s former ALMS LMP2 and FIA WEC LMP1 Champion Timo Bernhard drafted into the No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi, his former teammate Romain Dumas back in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA 07-Gibson, and a few other stars in position to accentuate Petit Le Mans, fans will be plenty busy at the autograph sessions once the on-track action begins October 11.