The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to Watkins Glen just six days after the six hours from Sahlen to Glen. However, things will be very different. Not only is this a two hour and 40 minute sprint race, the weather can be uncertain. 31 teams are registered.
In the DPi class, there will be six registered teams. Action Express Racing’s second Cadillac is not entered. All 12 full-time drivers are registered.
Only three LMP2 teams are entered. United Autosports and Era Motorsport are not registered. United Autosports only compete in the Michelin Endurance Cup races, but Era Motorsport announced last week that they are narrowing down to a Michelin Endurance Cup program.
LMP3 has six entries with United Autosports No. 2 withdrawing. Dawson Racing, which made its debut on Sunday, will race again with Dominic Cicero and Theodor Olsen. Still no news on the fate of Sean Creech Motorsport following the departure of Lance Willsey from the team.
Performance Tech Motorsports is a question mark for this race, and it’s not because they don’t want to race. The team suffered an engine failure during the Sahlen Six Hours on Sunday at the Glen. There are currently no aftermarket Nissan engines for an LMP3 car in the United States. That means it’ll be a complete scramble to be able to tinker with something that gets the No.38 team to race this week.
GT Le Mans has only three entered, the two Corvettes and the Porsche WeatherTech Racing. The Porsche was rebuilt after a fire in the first 10 minutes on Sunday which was caused by minor contact which caused friction.
It wasn’t our day 🙅🏻♂️ Unfortunately we got out early due to a light touch followed by a fire! Fortunately and above all @CooperMacNeil did well 🙏🏼 See you next week for the Sprint! # Weather pic.twitter.com/DsrWn4U0u5
– Matt Campbell (@ mattcampbell22_) June 28, 2021
Naturally, WeatherTech Racing is hoping they have a much more successful and less pungent race on Friday.
In GT Daytona, there are 13 teams entered. Like Detroit, this race will only count towards the WeatherTech Sprint Cup Championship. As a result, two regular teams (PFAFF Motorsports and Magnus with Archangel) are not registered. They are joined by the part-time NTe Sport and SunEnergy1 Racing teams.
A brand new team debuts this weekend. This is Gilbert / Korthoff Motorsports, a team that drives a Mercedes-AMG GT3. Veteran drivers Guy Cosmo and Shane Lewis will drive.
Within the GRT Grasser Racing Team, Franck Perera will drive alongside Misha Goikhberg. Tim Zimmermann was generally considered the second full-time driver in the car, but Marco Mapelli drove in his place in Detroit. Perera was already going to do the endurance events and was at Watkins Glen last weekend. Unfortunately, Goikhberg crashed the car in the third hour on Sunday and caught fire. It will be a big blow for the team.
The Sprint Cup entries from Gradient Racing (this is their own car and not the Mercedes SunEnergy1 they were backing) and Compass Racing are also back on the grid.
It will be a tight two-day show for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. There will be a practice session and qualifying on Thursday. The race will take place on Friday at 6:10 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBCSN.